Júlio Leitão

Artist and Choreographer –

Júlio T. Leitão studied at the National Conservatory of Dance in Lisbon. Beginning his career in RTP (National Portuguese Television) and in the National Theater D. Maria II. He settled in New York studying at the Dance Theater of Harlem, he studied classical ballet with Maggie Black and choreography with Bessie Schonberg.

He worked extensively as a choreographer, winning an Emmy, fame and international recognition with his work. He staged and choreographed for the National Black Theater, Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, among others.

In 1990 he founded the Batoto Yetu – a cultural group, in the courtyards of Harlem, New York. Since then he has worked successfully in motivating thousands of children in the United States, Brazil, Portugal and Angola.

He received the United Nations Peace Medal in 2001 and the Sun Days Award in the same year. In 2003, the Samuel and May Rudin Community Service award from Chid Magazine and the Children’s Champion award.

He is also co-author of African Dance: Drumbeat in Our Feet along with Patricia Keeler, published in September 2004 by Bebop Books, and printed by Lee & Low Books, Inc.






Batoto Yetu

Spirits in Motion