Ricardo Sibelo

In the international world of theater, dance, film, musical, show, television, video, choreography, producing and directing and ballet Ricardo Sibelo is well known. Ricardo is special guest teacher at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague Holland.

In his years as a student he was a member of the Dutch Surinamese Cabaret Acting Company "Moksi Alesi" under the artistic direction of Andre Sarucco and Andre Conrad


Thanks to Yvonne and Pieter Lutz, he began his acting career as a professional with the Theatre company "Zuidelijk Toneelgroep Globe" in the play 'A Taste of Honey" by Shelagh Delaney.

A Taste Of Honey

Afterwards he worked at all other great theater companies like f.i. theater in Arnhem , Stadstoneel Rotterdam and so on, in Belgium at the KVS in Brussels, in London, England and in the USA.

He received his dance education from Benjamin Feliksdal in Amsterdam and in New York City where he studied and worked with The Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. He is the first Surinamese/Dutch allround artist who has accomplished working in New York as well as in London's West-end. 

Working with the late, renowned Dutch actress, Josephine van Gasteren, in the play GINGERBREAD LADY, he received the Johan Kaart award for his supporting role.

Ricardo Sibelo in front of the Nieuwe de la Mar theatre in Amsterdam.

Mijano van Baarzel
His screen debut was made in the movie ALICIA directed and written by Wim Verstappen and produced by Pim de la Parra for Scorpio Films. Ricardo Sibelo

He has appeared in many other Dutch and international films including AMERICAN ROULETTE, starring Andy Garcia and written and directed by Maurice Hutton

In the 70's, he became a presenter for the Dutch Television company NOS. He presented a weekly informative and documentory news program entitled, Panoramic Surinam and The Netherland Antilles.


Paula Petri
He has appeared and starred in many television television series like "Klaverweide", "Pipo De Clown" in the series "Pipo en de Lachplaneet", "Dossier Verhulst", Mean Stories by Veronica (now named Yorin), the Dutch “soap” Westenwind and What the stars say.
Ricardo Sibelo
He is well known for the role "Leo" in the comedy "De Kip en het Ei" (-The Chicken and the Egg-)


and as Jan Brouwer in the award winning series "Vrouwenvleugel"- WOMEN's WING. This drama won the famous prestigious TELEVIZIERRING television award in 1994.


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The Dutch Broadcasting company NOS made a special about his life and career entitled "SHAKE": A Portrait of Ricardo Sibelo, which was aired in October 1988 and January 1989
Ricardo Sibelo

His West End theater credits include: Bubbling Brown Sugar
David Cameron

On the Twentieth Century

Opening scene On The Twentieth Century
Ricardo Sibelo As Gigolo Georgie in Guys & Dolls in the scene Rock the Boat Ricardo Sibelo As Gigolo Georgie in Guys & Dolls in the scene Rock the Boat Ricardo Sibelo As Gigolo Georgie in Guys & Dolls in the scene Rock the Boat
and National Theatre's production of GUYS and DOLLS.
Cover of the book of the Play
Scene Ricardo Sibelo as the barman
In Manchester he was a member of the original cast of the Mobil Prize winning play "Amongst Barbarians" written by Michael Wall in the Royal Exchange Theatre production.
Ricardo Sibelo as the barman in the BBC versionRicardo Sibelo as the barman in the BBC versionRicardo Sibelo as the barman in the BBC version
He repeated his role in the BBC televison production of the play, starring David Jansen, for the series Plays on BBC 2.


Jon & Vangelis Video I Hear You Now

Ricardo has choreographed and directed many stage shows and pop video's for such international stars as Jon and Vangelis, Banarama and Boney M.




In Holland he has worked intensivily with Endemol productions and WENTINK EVENTS, for televison as well as theater. He is especially proud of his work for the World Press Photo Gala in November 1991, where he directed and choreographed a specially made segment from the musical Miss Saigon.

Rehearsal Scene Miss Saigon

He also created an original ballet, The Jungle, for Dutch National Ballet soloists, Jeanette Vondersaar and Clint Farha. 

Horseshow Bluewhite
Ricardo creates original shows with horses. In these shows, well known Dutch personalities such as talk show hosts like Tineke de Nooy, Ursul de Geer, or Donald Jones, or Swedish director Barbro Tuner, or internationally famous interior designer Jan de Bouvrie, perform original parodies of fairy tales, live, for the young at heart audience.
De zeven dwergen Prins Ricardo Sibelo
As a dance teacher in Ballet, Jazz and Tap he is very much in demand and is frequently invited as international masterteacher in Finland, Norway, USA, England and Scotland. He has taught at the International Opera Center in Amsterdam, and is a special guest teacher at the Royal Conservatory (Koninklijk Conservatorium) in The Hague. In the London West End he was awarded the title “Best Jazzdance teacher” by Time Out magazine three years in a row.

The Dance Studio Ricardo Sibelo

In 1999, Ricardo Sibelo realized a long time dream, with the building of his own dance studio, THE DANCE STUDIO RICARDO SIBELO.

Situated in Zoetermeer, Holland, the beautiful futuristic building, features many of Ricardo's design ideas, and houses ballet, fitness, hip-hop, jazz and tap lessons, acting classes, a sauna, and restaurant and bar. 

The Bar

Ricardo and his students, have been involved in a unique collaboration with the Residentie Orkest of The Haque, combining conductor Jaap van Zweden's classical repertoire, with hip-hop / breakdance and contemporary jazzdance.


Because of this succesful collaboration, Ricardo was asked to choreograph the final act of the yearly cultural event in Amsterdam, de UITMARKT, which was aired live on television on Sunday August 27th 2000.
Thanks to this successful performance, Ricardo and his student dancers are invited to represent the Netherlands in June 2003 at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele in Dresden, Germany.
In march 2002 he staged and choreograhed the Symphonic Dances (West Side Story orchestral version) by Leonard Bernstein with the Residentie Orkest The Hague.
The First Meeting in the Dance Hall
The Fight Scene

In march 2002 he staged and choreograhed the Symphonic Dances (Orchestral Version of Westside Story) by Leonard Bernstein with the Residentie Orkest.

He also staged and choreographed the play, A SOLDIER's TALE, of which the music is composed by Igor Strawinsky, for the Dutch Theater company DE APPEL.
For years Ricardo has composed songs which have been performed in theater productions and films. Among them, theatrical production, What are we going to do with Jenny? by D.R. Wilde,

Ricardo Sibelo and Josephine van Gasteren performing the titlesong 'Jenny' Scene from Jenny Ricardo Sibelo and Josephine van Gasteren performing the titlesong 'Jenny'
Scene from Jenny
and short film Tin Tin in Dreamland aired on BRT1 and the Vara t.v.
and DABA DABA in Oslo Norway.

Ricardo is the very proud father of two handsome teenage sons, Laurent and Ryan from his former marriage with American singer/actress Marjorie Barnes.
He is in love with dance and theater. Ricardo Sibelo is a creative and allround artist who enjoys hard work, takes it seriously and does it all, with passion.