Mariana Oliveira is the Choreographer and Artistic Director of The Union Project Dance Company. Originally from Brazil, she started her career as a ballet dancer, and at the age of 17 she had the opportunity to travel to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dance. While living in the UK she was a trainee dancer at the National Dance Company of Wales, under the direction of Roy Campbell-Moore. At the age of 19 she was invited to perform with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. In 2007 she moved to New York where she founded The Union Project Dance Company. She has developed works in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Mariana has presented her works at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, and for 2 consecutive years has been a finalist of the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival. In 2015 she was nominated for the World Choreography Awards, and in 2016 she created a new work for the Joffrey Ballet Studio Company as part of their Winning Works Series. She has been featured on the Brazilian TV show Planeta Brasil, which aired on Rede Globo Internacional, and has also been featured in Pointe Magazine. Mariana recently taught at the Bolshoi School in Brazil (the only Bolshoi School outside Russia) for the dancers of the Youth Company.