2020 Direção-Geral das Artes-DGARTES (Portugal) Grant Recipient, David J. Amado is a Jamaican-American Choreographer-Teacher, and a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York (B.A. in Music).

David began his training with Donlin Foreman in Graham Technique, and shortly thereafter he became an apprentice with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company (AOTD) under the direction of Enrique Cruz de Jesus in New York. Since then has danced for Ballet des Amériques in New York City, Corpo Cidadão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as well as, Chapitô in Lisbon, Portugal . He has had the privilege of performing works by Rodrigo Pederneiras, David Gordon and Eleo Pomare, and has performed at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in "Inside/Out". David was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (USA Ed. June 2016) for his work with BalletX's Dance eXchange Program where he deepened his understanding of teaching through the National Dance Institute in NYC.


In addition, David is enriching his understanding of classical dance pedagogy through the International Dance Counsel of UNESCO in association with The Classical Dance Alliance. He is currently certified in the teaching of the first 2 years of the syllabus used in the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Russia. 

He also makes dance films and his work "Drift" was presented at the 2017 tanzhafenFESTIVAL in Austria.​ 

David is currently based in Lisbon, Portugal and is on the Ballet faculty at Jazzy Dance Studios where he won the distinction of Best New Teacher in 2019.



David J. Amado is a Choreographer and Ballet Teacher & Dancer with a career that spans three continents.

With the knowledge he has acquired in his travels, David has developed his own Contemporary Ballet style and Afro-Jazz style; both styles are informed by his Caribbean roots and have other African diasporic influences. 

Motivated by his love of diversity, David endeavors to make dance training, in particular classical dance training, more accessible to people of color and those from impoverished backgrounds. 

As a choreographer, David´s mission is to use ballet to tell the stories of Black people/People of color and Queer people. Creating an environment where various identities are able to be represented, dancers are encouraged to reach their authentic potential. 

In addition to ballet, David has a versatile dance background which includes but is not limited to: Modern (Graham, Horton, Limon), Hip Hop (House, Vogue/Waacking, Commercial), Afro-Caribbean, as well as Afro-Brazilian.

All of these elements help David to approach ballet pedagogy and choreography with a nuanced, inclusive mindset where audiences are given an opportunity to expand their paradigm regarding what is "ballet."



2020 Direção-Geral das Artes-DGARTES (Portugal) Grant Recipient.

Featured twice on RTP Africa's (Portugal) television program Bem-vindos- once for his work with Agada Companhia de Dança Afro Contemporanea, and once for his choreographic role in the Ms. Drag Lisboa Pageant. (Portugal)

2019 Rookie of the Year Teacher at Jazzy Dance Studios.  (Portugal)

Workshops taught at Escola Superior de Dança, Forum Dança e Summer School by Colin Vieira. (Portugal)

"DRIFT", a choreo-film conceptualized, danced and co-produced by David J. Amado, presented in Austria at the tanzhafenFESTIVAL.

Featured in the June 2016 US Edition of Dance Teacher Magazine, a national pulication, for his work with BalletX's Dance eXchange.