There are many dance schools and ballet troupes in Brazil, Most are in the two major cities, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The famed Bolshoi ballet from Russia even has a school in Brazil, though it is located in the city of Joinville, south of São Paulo.
The most famous Brazilian ballet dancers usually hone their craft in Brazil, but then emigrate to higher standing troupes in other countries. Marcello Gomes is a Brazilian born dancer that now performs with the American Ballet Theater in New York City. An outstanding dancer, he joined the American Ballet Theater in 1997, and in three short years was promoted to soloist. In 2008 he reached the pinnacle of his career winning the highest ballet accolade — the Prix Benois de la Danse. Marcia Haydée is a Brazilian born ballerina. Like Marcello, she honed her craft in Brazil before joining the Royal Ballet School in London, and further went on to become the Prima ballerina for the Stuttgart Ballet. She later became the director of the Stuttgart ballet, before moving to direct the Santiago Ballet.