Bruno da Rocha Pereira is promoted to coryphée at Dutch National Ballet
Bruno da Rocha Pereira was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There, he trained at the Maria Olenewa State School of Dance. Pereira was a principal dancer with the ballet company City Theatre from 2000 to 2006. At the Dutch National Ballet, Pereira also choreographs for the company as part of the New Moves program.
Other Happenings in 2011
Toshiro Abbley leaves the Dutch National Ballet.
May 2: Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11th attacks and the FBI’s most wanted man, is killed by US special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Aug 22: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC opens to the public.
Sept 17: The Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, New York City.
Sept 20: The United States ends its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military for the first time.
Dec 18: The last US troops withdraw from Iraq, formally ending the Iraq War.
Jan 31: The Burmese Parliament convenes for the first time in over 20 years, marking the end of 50 years of military rule and the creation of a new constitution.
Mar 11: An earthquake in northern Japan triggers a tsunami, which sent three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into meltdown, the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
Apr 29: Prince William and Kate Middleton are married at Westminster Abbey, drawing international media attention.
Jun 10: Croatia is approved to be a member of the European Union.
Nov 23: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, the Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president.
Arts & Sciences
Feb 15: US President Barack Obama awards writer and activist Maya Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Mar 4: 42nd NAACP Image Awards—For Colored Girls wins Outstanding Motion Picture.
May 25: Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty-five-year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
May 28th: Poet and musician, Gil Scott-Heron dies at 62 years old.
Aug: NASA launches the Juno spacecraft to conduct a study of Jupiter, the solar system’s largest planet, while orbiting around its poles.
Human & Civil Rights
Feb 15: Libyan protests begin, opposing Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi‘s rule.
Jul 9: South Sudan gains independence and secedes from Sudan.
Aug 22: The Cherokee nation, the US’ second-largest Indian tribe, formally boot from membership thousands of descendants of Black slaves who were brought to Oklahoma more than 170 years ago by Native American owners.
Sept 21: In Texas, white supremacist and gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer (44) is executed for the infamous June 7, 1998 dragging death slaying of James Byrd Jr.
Oct 16: In Washington DC, thousands of people spanning all ages and races honor the legacy of the nation’s foremost civil rights leader during the formal dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Oct 20: The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Mutassim Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte while in the custody of NTC fighters.
Sept 3: Usain Bolt runs season best 19.40 and wins the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in South Korea.
Dec 8: The NBA and players’ union reach financial agreement to end a 161-day lockout, shortening the season by 16 games.