Leandro Almeida is a Brazilian dancer who most recently was a Principal Dancer with the Rio de Janeiro Ballet Company where he danced many principal roles including Albrecht in Giselle, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, and many neo-classical and contemporary ballets. He also danced leading roles with Centro de Arte e Danca de Campo Grande, Summer Brasil, American Academy of Ballet, and the Entreatos Internacional de Danca. He won 1st place in the Vidanca Competition, Compassos Festival de Dance, Entreatos Internacional de Dance, 1st place in Youth America Grand Prix New York 2014 (Group Contemporary with Balletarrj Escola de Danca, BRAZIL ), Best Male Dancer Prize in the Dance in Festival Barra da Tijuca, and more. He graduated from the Municipal School of Ballet in Brazil, and is a versatile dancer in many styles. He is thrilled to be joining Gainesville Ballet in 2016-17.