Title Image: "Meet Cover Model Chalvar Monteiro. by Lory Lyon" Chalvar Monteiro is sideways bent over backwards with arms out and a calm look on his face.

Chalvar Monteiro (Montclair, NJ) began his formal dance training at Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts and went on to study at The Ailey School. He received his BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase, where he performed works by Merce Cunningham, Helen Pickett, Doug Varone, Dianne McIntyre, Kevin Wynn, and Paul Taylor. Since graduating, Mr. Monteiro has worked with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Elisa Monte Dance, Keigwin + Company, BODYTRAFFIC, and most extensively with Abraham.In.Motion. He has assisted Kyle Abraham in setting and creating work for Barnard College, Princeton University, Emory University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Wendy Whelan's Restless Creature. Mr. Monteiro was a member of Ailey II and joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2015. He is currently an Adjunct professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

“Getting back in touch with spirit needs to be a priority… 

We’re all trying to get to the same goal:

Peace, love, understanding.”

Chalvar Monteiro stands in a turned out lunge with his arm over his head and his focus down to the floor.

“One thing [I hope] will have changed coming out of this (pandemic) is that there’s more grace for both the choreographer and whoever they’re collaborating with to really establish language… understanding that we have to  allow our words and actions to really manifest and to be okay with whatever interpretation you’re giving back.”

Chalvar Monteiro reaches toward the floor delicately

“This pandemic really changed the game for me in terms of ‘What does it look like to keep in shape?’ ‘What does it  look like to look forward to the future and how long do I hold out for that?’”

“I want to see black people dancers in the future occupying more roles of leadership. For black people to be a people of rhythm,  to be people of spirit and innovation, it only makes sense for us to be leaders in places where, if it wasn’t for our contributions to the space, nothing would be moving forward culturally. Not only more black people in leadership but I really want to emphasize black women being at the forefront of a lot of leadership.”

Chalvar Monteiro, in black and white, kneels while looking up toward the ceiling with his whole upper body.

“For awhile I thought my purpose was to be a vessel and to be a vehicle for someone else’s goal or vision. It wasn’t until I joined a repertory company, like Ailey, where I was forced to trust my own instincts for the first time  and not ask  for permission but ask for forgiveness later. As we all should live by.”

“Right now the way that I take up space is realizing the agency that I really do have- I have to stay true to what my standard of excellency is.”