Mirella Costa Neto Born: São Paulo, Brazil Joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2017 Mirella Costa Neto is from São Paulo, Brazil and began her classical ballet training at the age of eight. At the age of 16, she was invited to join Miami City Ballet School and moved to the U.S.
Throughout her career, she has participated in several acclaimed Ballet competitions world-wide including Youth American Grand Prix, where she placed Top 12 in the U.S.; Festival de Dança de Joinville, which earned her a Gold Medal; and the Helsinki International Ballet Competition in Finland. In 2013, she joined Sarasota Ballet where she performed works by 20th Century Masters including Sir Frederick Ashton, Michael Fokine, Anthony Tudor and August Bournonville, as well as modern and contemporary choreographers such as Paul Taylor and Christopher Wheeldon.
She has also danced many ballets by George Balanchine including Jewels, Stars and Stripes, Who Cares?, Apollo and The Four Temperaments. Since joining Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) in 2017, Mirella’s lead roles have included “Rum and Coca Cola” in Paul Taylor’s Company B, “Winter Fairy” in NBT’s production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Canfield, and most recently, “Waltz Girl” in George Balanchine’s Serenade as well as the female Principal in George Balanchine’s Tarantella during NBT’s 2017-2018 Season.