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Marcelino Sambé

Soloist of The Royal Ballet


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

Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2012, promoted to First Artist in 2014 and Soloist in 2015.

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 Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Beggar Chief (Manon), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), pas de trois (Swan Lake), 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 has created roles in Kim Brandstrup’s Ceremony of Innocence, Marriott’s Connectome, Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable and Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works.

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 in 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.


News and features

Watch: Dancers demonstrating the evolution of ballet

Watch: Dancers demonstrating the evolution of ballet

12 August 2015

Royal Ballet Soloist Marcelino Sambé performs a selection of terre-à-terre steps as part of a Ballet Evolved Insights session.

Watch: Rehearsals for <em>The Dream</em>

Watch: Rehearsals for The Dream

17 July 2015

Marcelino Sambé and Luca Acri rehearsed the role of Puck earlier this summer with Guest Principal Ballet Master Christopher Carr.

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

29 June 2015

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


Lauren Cuthbertson in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Ashley Scott, Marcelino Sambé, Benjamin Ella, Kristen McNally and Tierney Heap rehearsing Hofesh Shecter

Tristan Dyer, Fernando Montaño, Marcelino Sambé and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé

Camille Bracher, Marcelino Sambé and Sander Blommaert in Woolf Works.

Christina Arestis and Marcelino Sambé in Ceremony of Innocence

Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson and Steven McRae with Matthew Ball, Tomas Mock, Luca Acri, Marcelino Sambe in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Marcelino Sambé in Aakash Odedra's Unearthed, Sampling the Myth

Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé with our Pointe Shoe Tower - showing the number of pointe shoes used by The Royal Ballet in a week

Marcelino Sambé and members of the corps de ballet in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Tomas Mock, Marcelino Sambé, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Dawid Trzensimiech, Marcelino Sambé, Melissa Hamilton, Tristan Dyer and Valentino Zucchetti and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Rubies (Jewels), The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé

Fernando Montaño, Kevin Emerton, Sander Blommaert, Marcelino Sambé, Tristran Dyer and Donald Thom in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Luca Acri, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae, Marcelino Sambé in rehearsals for Connectome

Marcelino Sambé in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet