Victor Caixeta
Victor Caixeta | Photo: Altin Kaftira

Victor Caixeta promoted to principal dancer

5 April 2023

We are proud to announce that last night, immediately after the performance of Swan Lake,  Victor Caixeta was promoted to the rank of principal dancer. During this performance, Caixeta danced the role of Prince Siegfried at Dutch National Ballet for the first time.

Caixeta joined Dutch National Ballet as a soloist in March 2022, after the war in Ukraine made him decide that he could no longer stay at the Russian Mariinsky Ballet.

“Victor is a hugely talented and charismatic dancer and we are thrilled to be welcoming him to Dutch National Ballet”, said artistic director Ted Brandsen at the time. Following Caixeta’s promotion, he said: “This promotion to principal dancer proves what many have known for a long time: Victor is an amazing dancer with strong technique, great musicality and an irresistible appearance – a true star.”

We want to congratulate Victor Caixeta on this well-deserved promotion and wish him all the luck in his further career as a principal dancer at Dutch National Ballet.

Victor Caixeta

Victor Caixeta was born in Uberlândia, Brazil and trained as a dancer at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin, where he graduated in 2017. He joined the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg that same year and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2019.

His roles with the Mariinsky Ballet include Goldon Idol in La Bayadère, the Prince in The Nutcracker, Prince Desiré (or Florimund) in The Sleeping Beauty and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Besides dancing lead roles in full-length classical ballets, he has also performed solo roles in works by choreographers such as Hans van Manen, Wayne McGregor and Twyla Tharp.

Caixeta has several awards to his name, including the third prize at the thirteenth International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2017), the first prize in the category Classical Dance at the Tanzolymp in Berlin (2017) and the first prize at the European Ballet Grand Prix in Vienna (2017). He was also a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix in both 2014 and 2015.