Marco Placencio was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He originally wanted to be a circus performer, attending the circus school Circo Spacial; his training there included acrobatics, trapeze, and contortion classes. At the same time he continued his music education, studying piano and the electric bass. Not being able to train at the circus school anymore, he began taking jazz dance lessons at the age of 14. In 2009 he traveled to Canada and after taking several classes at various dance studios in Toronto, he auditioned for and was accepted into The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Since joining the Professional Training Program, he has had the privilege of working with Massimo Agostinelli, Kate Alton, Marc Boivin, Robert Desrosiers, Paul-André Fortier, Danny Grossman, Christopher House, James Kudelka, Coralee McLaren, Sharon B. Moore, Tedd Robinson and Darryl Tracy. Upon graduation Mr. Placencio and his classmates performed Tedd Robinson’s work “The 60 Dancer Project” at the Canada Dance Festival 2014 in Ottawa.
Outside the school, Placencio’s recent works include performances with Peggy Baker at her annual fundraiser “Peggy Baker Salon” at The National Ballet School of Canada; Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, in Moraes’ works “Brazil, The Land of Tears and Soul” and “13” (a solo piece presented at 60×60 Dance Toronto 2014) and “New Moves from Nova Dance”, a Group Creation Lab with Nova Bhattacharya as choreographer. He has also worked as a sub-teacher for the Younger Dancers’ Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Mr. Placencio is thrilled to be working in a project with Cinetic Creation/Sharon B. Moore’s new production “The Thirst for Love and Water” premiering at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games in July, 2015.