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Erico Montes

First Artist of The Royal Ballet


Brazilian dancer Erico Montes is a First Artist with The Royal Ballet. He finished his training at The Royal Ballet School on a scholarship and joined the Company in 2004, promoted to First Artist in 2011.

Montes was born in São Paulo and trained locally from the age of three until 2002, when he was awarded a bronze medal in the International Dance Seminar in Brasilia. This brought with it a scholarship to study at the London Studio Centre, and Montes moved to London. In 2003 he won gold medal in the Dance Competition in Rieti, Italy, and was awarded a scholarship with The Royal Ballet School. His repertory with the Company includes roles in Cinderella, The Rite of Spring, Enigma Variations, The Rake’s Progress, Concerto, Swan Lake, Theme and Variations, Les Patineurs, The Judas Tree, The Dream and The Nutcracker. He has created roles in Three Songs, Two Voices, Children of Adam and The Seven Deadly Sins.

Montes is a keen choreographer. His work has often been seen in the Company's Draft Works in the Linbury Studio Theatre, and he choreographed a production of The Secret Garden for the London Children’s Ballet in 2013.


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ABC of ballet: mime

ABC of ballet: mime

16 March 2011

Watch Romany Pajdak and Erico Montes demonstrate Odette's mime from Swan Lake.