Armando Duarte, Professor, Choreographer, and Researcher, joined the University of Iowa in 1993. He has received numerous awards throughout his career and has choreographed for companies in the US, Brazil, and other countries, with more than half of his repertory being based on or related to his native Brazilian culture. Most recently, he has been a guest teacher for some of the most important Brazilian Dance Companies such as, the São Paulo Companhia de Dança, the Bale da Cidade de São Paulo, and the Escola do Teatro Bolshoi do Brasil among others. Currently, his academic research involves an in-depth investigation on the Brazilian popular culture of Samba and Carnival, from which he created courses that offer students theoretical and practical experiences on many aspects related to Samba and Carnival in Brazil. Since 2008 he has been leading groups of UI students to experience the making of the Brazilian Carnival Parades in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In addition, he has been presenting lectures on the subject to other institutions and participating in conferences throughout the US. He has presented papers on this subject at the American Popular Culture Association Conference (APCA) in San Antonio, TX (2011), Washington, DC (2013), New Orleans, LO (2014), and Seattle, WA (2016).
At the University of Iowa, he is a two-time winner of the Iowa Old Gold Summer Fellowship; and has received several grants from the Support Program for Arts and Humanities and the Arts and Humanities Initiative Program. He has been recently awarded with an Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Research Grant for the summer 2016.
Most recently, Professor Duarte has been invited to lecture at the San Diego State University in the fall of 2016.
Faculty, International Studies Program and Latin American Studies Program;
Program Director and Track Coordinator – Global Artistic Traditions and Change;
Program Director – Office for the Study Abroad