Augusto Soledade, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, is the Founder Artistic Director and resident choreographer for Augusto Soledade Brazzdance, formally known as Brazz Dance Theater Incorporated, in Miami.
In the fall of 2014, Mr. Soledade was awarded for the sixth time the Miami Dade Choreographer’s Fellowship from the Miami Dade Cultural Affairs. In 2012 Mr. Soledade was awarded the prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Grant in support of the Miami Dance Mecca Project, an initiative implemented by Augusto Soledade Brazzdance to boost Miami’s reputation as an emerging center for contemporary dance. Also in 2012, he was awarded for the second consecutive time the 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
In August 2011, Mr. Soledade was nominated for the Zelda Fichandler Fellowship, and received the Creation Fund Grant and the Forth Fund from the National Performance Network (NPN). In 2010, Mr. Soledade was awarded for the third time the Dance Miami Choreographer’s Fellowship; he received this important Fellowship the second time in September of 2008. Also in 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography.
Since his relocation to Miami, FL, he has been awarded the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, the Artist Access Grant, the Artist Enhancement Grant and the International Cultural Exchange Grant from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. In 2005 he received the Miami Dade Choreographer’s Fellowship for the first time, the Creative Capital Workshop Grant and the Community Grant from Miami Dade Cultural Affairs. He has also been awarded multiple grant funds from the Northampton Arts Council and Smith College to develop choreographic as well as research projects.
Mr. Soledade currently serves as a full time Associate Professor in Dance at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. Other Positions at Universities and Colleges include: Assistant Professor at Florida International University in Miami, FL, Visiting Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor at Smith College, Massachusetts, Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance at the University Of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Guest Artist Instructor at Wells College, NY and adjunct instructor at University of Rochester.
He received his M.F.A in Dance from SUNY Brockport in 1998. Also in 1998, he received the Pylyshenko-Strasser Graduate Dance Award and was the finalist in the dance category for the 1998 Thayer Fellowship.
Augusto Soledade, a native of Bahia, Brazil, started his dance training at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil in a program with strong modern dance emphasis and has trained with Garth Fagan, and Clyde Morgan. He also holds a degree in journalism from the Federal University of Bahia.