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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 with 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 Neumeier’s Yondering and Marriott’s Simple Symphony at the School's annual matinee, and a summer gala in Venice in 2012. His repertory with the Company has included Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), pas de six (Giselle) and roles in Requiem, Onegin, The Nutcracker (Chinese Dance), La Valse, The Firebird and Wheeldon’s Aeternum. He created a role in Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence, first performed at the Aldeburgh Festival as part of the 2013 celebrations of Britten's centenary, and in Alastair Marriott's Connectome in 2014.

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

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.

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé on the nuances of ballet footwear

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé on the nuances of ballet footwear

3 March 2014

Royal Ballet artists on dancing in the living room and boots being a dancer's best friend.

Watch: See The Royal Ballet from the perspective of a pointe shoe

Watch: See The Royal Ballet from the perspective of a pointe shoe

13 December 2013

Our film for this year’s Pointe Shoe Appeal follows the life of a shoe from factory to stage.

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