Rodolpho Leoni was born in Campo Grande (Brazil) in 1963 where he started to study dance in 1978; in 1981, together with eleven other dancers, he founded the first modern dance company in this region.

He went to São Paulo in 1983 to study the Graham technique and spent the next two years dancing at the Teatro Brasileiro de Danca. A grant brought Leoni to the “Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance” in New York in 1985.

Rodolpho Leoni has lived and worked in Germany since 1988, first teaching in Aachen and at the Werkstatt Düsseldorf. The following year he won the choreography competition of the city of Cagliari (Italy). From 1990 to 1994, Leoni worked with various choreographers in Germany and Belgium. He also contributed choreographies to two film productions. He has been creating his own choreographies since 1992 and founded the company “Rodolpho Leoni dance” in 1996 with the production “Foggy”.

Leoni produced two new choreographies in 1997, “M” and “Erfurt, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Magdeburg”, followed by the production “Din Quatro” in 1999.

His pieces “Sarara Tangled” and “The Thread” premiered at the Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf and have been performed at various national and international venues.

His choreography “Speak” was awarded the Deutsche Produzentenpreis für Choreographie (German Producer Award for Choreography, DPC) 2005/2006. He created numerous choreographies for various dance companies including the Ballet Nürnberg, the Tanzkompanie St. Gallen (Switzerland), and the Tanztheater Bremen. Rodolpho Leoni has worked regularly as head trainer for various dance companies including Bremer Tanztheater, Tanztheater Münster, Ballett Schindowski, Folkwang Tanzstudio.

In December 2006 Rodolpho Leoni was appointed professor of modern dance/dance choreography at the Folkwang University of the Arts.

As a guest choreographer at the Folkwang Tanzstudio Rodolpho Leoni produced the piece “If and only if” which premiered at PACT Zollverein in Essen in December 2006.