Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2013; alum of the Joffrey Academy of Dance
Fernando Duarte grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and received his training at the Escola Estadual de Danças Maria Olenewa. In 2008, he was awarded a full scholarship to train at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL. With the guidance of the teachers at Harid, and Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York, he was offered a traineeship with the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, where he danced lead roles in ballets such as Cinderella, Coppélia and contemporary works by former Academy Artistic Director Alexei Kremnev.
Since joining The Joffrey Ballet, Duarte has danced many roles in the Joffrey's extensive repertory such as Lar Lubovich’s Othello, Yuri Possokov’s Don Quixote, Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet, Val Caniparoli’s Incantations, and Justin Peck’s In Creases.
Duarte received the Jeannot B. Cerrone Award for excellence in dance performance, an award given to the students who most improve during an academic year at The Harid Conservatory.