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Marcelino Sambé

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Marcelino Sambé in action.
Marcelino Sambé in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2013

Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2012, promoted to First Artist in 2014.

Sambé was born in Lisbon and studied at the National Conservatory of Lisbon before joining The Royal Ballet Upper School. Performances at the School included in John Neumeier’s Yondering and Alastair Marriott’s Simple Symphony at the School's annual matinee, and a summer gala in Venice in 2012. His repertory with the Company includes Beggar Chief (Manon) Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), pas de six (Giselle), Footman/Frog (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) and roles in Aeternum, Requiem, Onegin, The Nutcracker (Chinese Dance), La Valse, The Firebird and Aeternum. He created a role in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence and in Marriott's Connectome.

Sambé is a keen choreographer and was selected as one of the UK’s emerging choreographers by Youth Dance England in 2012. His M’ cã cré sabi won second prize at the 2011 Ursula Morton Choreographic Awards and was performed in the School's annual matinee that year. He created Preparations for the Last TV Fake for The Royal Ballet's Draft Works 2014. Sambé's dance awards include a silver medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2008, first prize at the Youth American Grand Prix in 2009 and a gold medal and special award at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2010.

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News and features

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

4 November 2014

Nominations are decided by a panel of 50 dance writers from across the UK.

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

26 August 2014

A number of Royal Ballet dancers are performing extracts from iconic dance works.

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

3 July 2014

Details of Company changes for the upcoming Season have been announced.

Connectome: Cutting-edge ballet from cutting-edge science

Connectome: Cutting-edge ballet from cutting-edge science

28 May 2014

A new theory about what creates our memories, personality and intellect has influenced Alastair Marriott's new ballet.

Alexander Whitley on being inspired by The Sleeping Beauty in one work, and using Xboxes in another

Alexander Whitley on being inspired by The Sleeping Beauty in one work, and using Xboxes in another

14 May 2014

The choreographer's new programme stars Eric Underwood, Melissa Hamilton and Marcelino Sambé of The Royal Ballet.

Competition: Win tickets to a Royal Ballet in Rehearsal Insights event

Competition: Win tickets to a Royal Ballet in Rehearsal Insights event

25 March 2014

Guess how many pointe shoes The Company use in a week, and share via social media for a chance to win.

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