Spotlight - Paulo Arrais

by Spot LA


Arrais studied at the Gustav Ritter Cultural Center in Brazil, the Paris Opera Ballet School in France, the English National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School both in England. Upon graduating from the Royal Ballet School, he was awarded the Ninette de Valois Bursary. Arrais was also a finalist at the 9th New York International Competition 2007 and The Youth America Grand Prix 2003 where he received a Scholarship to The Paris Opera Ballet School from the Nureyev Foundation.

In 2010 Arrais moved to the East Coast to Join Boston Ballet as a member of the Corp de Ballet. He was promoted directly to First Soloist in 2011 and to Principal Dancer in 2012.  With Boston Ballet, Arrais has performed in George Balanchine's Midsummer Night'sDream (Puck), Mikko Nissenen's The Nutcracker (Cavalier and Snow King), Florence Clerc's La Bayadere (Golden Idol) and Les Sylphides (The Poet) John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, Jiri Kylian’s Bella Figura, Rudolf Nuryev's Don Quixote (Basilio), Harald Lander’s Etudes (Principal), as well as solo roles in Jorma Elo's Double Evil, Slice to Sharp and Sharp Side of Dark

Arrais joined the Norwegian National Ballet in 2006 where he worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jiri Killian, Paul Lightfoot, and Sol Leon. He also danced lead roles such as Jester in Anna Marie Holmes’ Swan Lake, Prince Desiree in Cynthia Harvey’s Sleeping  Beauty and Basilio in Rudolf  Nureyev's Don Quixote.

In 2009 Arrais moved to San Francisco to work with the choreographer and company Alonzo King's Lines Ballet. He has toured the USA, France, Italy and taken part in the creation of Alonzo King's Scheherazade which opened the "Centenary of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo".  Here are some of his Favs.  Enjoy!

Favorite discoveries - New countries and cultures

Shopping -  Paulo is a frequent shopper of Osklen.  Whenever he has a chance he always shops there.

Who is your idolAntonio Carlos Jobim

Necessary Extravagance - On occasion, Paulo will have two massages per day

Favorite Place in the World - Paris

Favorite Charity or NonprofitAnimal Rescue League of Boston

Favorite movie - Central Station

Hotel Costes in Paris France

Hotel Costes in Paris France

Favorite HotelHotel Costes 

Favorite sheets - Tommy Hillfiger

Never leave home without...... Music

Favorite Drink - Caipirinha

Favorite gadget - Iphone

Favorite neighborhood restaurant - Delux Cafe (Southend Boston)

Favorite dessert - Lemon Tarte

Favorite snack - Cereal Bars

Favorite soap - Marrocan Oil

Coffee orTea - Coffee

Paulo's shoes that have seen the world

Paulo's shoes that have seen the world

Favorite comfort food - Chicken Pie

Always in your fridge - Almond Milk

Favorite Underwear -  Uniclo Purple

Favorite kicks - Dress shoes from ALDO

Favorite accessory - Scarfs

Dance item always in your bag - Muscle roller 

Tie or Bowtie - Paulo will rock either one

Favorite piece of jewelry - No jewelry for this dancer here