Quorum Ballet is a contemporary repertoire dance company founded in 2005 by its Artistic Director, choreographer and dancer Daniel Cardoso. Without any financial support in the first three years, it has been able to establish itself as a renowned dance company in Portugal.
In October 2007, in partnership with the non-profit organization AQK Quorum Cultural Association and Town Hall of Amadora, the Quorum Academy opens in Theater Recreios da Amadora, with classes for children, youth and adults.
News of their success and professionalism promptly spread word-of-mouth, originating contacts from theatres and institutions. The Company has produced several pieces written by Daniel Cardoso and collaborated with the following guest choreographers: Itzik Galili, Donald Byrd, Thaddeus Davis, Jonathan Hollander, Iolanda Rodrigues, Gonçalo Lobato, Pedro Dias, António Cabrita, Freddie Moore, Barbara Griggi among others. To date, the Company has produced over 50 pieces including choreographic work suitable for children and youth.
The Quorum Ballet has presented its work in several cities throughout Portugal including some of the most prestigious national theatres like Teatro Camões, CCB, Teatro Tivoli, Teatro Municipal de Faro, Casa da Música in Porto, Santa Maria da Feira, among many others.
Internationally the Company has toured extensively including Denmark, USA (New York), Poland, Singapore, Germany, Swiss, Macau, China, Spain, Serbia, Ecuador, Holland, Cyprus, Algeria, Romania, Finland and Thailand.
The reaction of the international press has been extremely positive and has even considered Quorum Ballet a “six star” dance company. The recognition of the Company has been consolidated also through reviews published in numerous newspapers and magazines, with a special mention of the Dance Europe Magazine.
Quorum Ballet has also developed a partnership with the Vaganova Academy (Kirov Ballet School), San Petersburg, entitled “From Classical to Contemporary Ballet”, the program was on national tour in 2009.
In 2009 Quorum Ballet received the award for Best Contemporary Dance Company of first edition of the Portugal Dance Awards, and in August 2011 was considered in ex aequo, the best company on stage at the 14ª edition of the Festival de Castilla y León, Spain.