André Cole is a Brooklyn-based dancer and musician from Oakland, California. Since an early age he has danced around and played drums, influenced by his Brazilian dancing mother and musical father. He started learning Brazilian percussion and samba from local dancers and musicians, while also teaching himself moves from the likes of Michael Jackson and Usher at an early age. He began studying drums at the age of five and continues to be an avid drummer to this day.
André began formally training in Ballet, Jazz and Modern techniques (Horton, Graham, Dunham) while at Oakland School for the Arts with teacher & choreographer Reginald Ray-Savage (savagejazz.org). During his time at O.S.A. he choreographed and performed in several hip-hop and modern dance works around the Bay Area and trained at the Ailey summer intensive in New York for six weeks at which he took a wide variety of classes including Samba and West-African.
André has extensive experience working with young people ages 5-25 as a drama, drum and dance teacher. He taught dance at Oakland School for the Arts to middle school students and youth hip-hop classes at BrasArte Brazilian Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA.
Upon his graduation from O.S.A. in 2007, André was offered a full scholarship to train at The Alvin Ailey School in New York, but decided to attend The New School University in New York where he studied dance and psychology. During his years at The New School André had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers including Takehiro Ueyama (TAKE Dance) and Keely Garfield (Keely Garfield Dance) at a number of prestigious venues in New York such as the Ailey School and the 92nd Street Y. He graduated from The New School in 2011 and continues his career in New York as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and musician. He is currently performing with the NYC off-broadway show Fuerza Bruta.