Corps de Ballet
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Joined Boston Ballet in 2013
Jonathan Batista began his training at The Local School for Dance in Brazil. In 2008, he was offered a three year full tuition scholarship to study under Jane Hackett's directorship at English National Ballet School. During his time in England, he was coached by Ivan Dinev, Cynthia Harvey, Rudolfo Castellanos, Orlando Salgardo, Alexandre Proia, Gary Avis, Michael Coleman, and Anya Evans, as his private coach and mentor. With English National Ballet School, Batista created a role in Michael Corder's L'Arlesienne and performed leading roles in Frederick Ashton's Les Patineurs (Blue Boy), Jorge Garcia's Majisimo, George Balanchine's Who Cares?, and Kenneth MacMillan's Manon (Des Grieux Variation).
Upon his graduation in 2011, Batista moved to Miami to join Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella where he performed in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and La Valse, Marius Petipa's Giselle and Coppélia and the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Symphonic Variations. In 2012, he joined The National Ballet of Canada under The Royal Bank of Canada apprenticeship, performing in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice in Wonderland (Cards), James Kudelka's The Nutcracker (Bear, Horse, Waiter), John Neumeier's Nijinsky (Soldier), Rudolf Nureyev's The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote (grand pas de deux) on tour throughout Canada. Batista has been a guest artist for the Cia de Ballet do Rio de Janeiro, where he performed in Giselle (Hilarion), The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund), in Le Corsaire (Conrad's Slave, Birbanto), Swan Lake Act II (Prince Siegfried), La Bayadère(Solor), and Michel Fokine's La Sylphide (Poet). Batista was awarded 1st place at Danza America 2008 in Cordoba, Argentina for his performance of Don Quixote, and was a finalist at The Prix de Lausanne 2010. In 2013, he won 2nd place at The World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL.