Brazilian-British dancer and choreographer Pietra Mello-Pittman is a former First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2008. She retired from the Company in 2015.
Mello-Pittman was born in Rio de Janeiro and moved with her family to the UK aged five. She began studying ballet and tap at school aged six and continued her training at the Susan Robinson School of Ballet. She entered The Royal Ballet Upper School aged 15 and while at the School performed on tour with Birmingham Royal Ballet. On graduation she won the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award. Her repertory with the Company included Tavern Girl (Don Quixote) and roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, Mayerling, Gloria, Requiem, The Rite of Spring, Ondine, Cinderella, Tales of Beatrix Potter, The Nutcracker, The Four Temperaments, Ballo della regina, Onegin and Carmen. She created roles in Sensorium, Les Saisons, Tryst, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Three Songs – Two Voices.
In 2009 Mello-Pittman and composer Ella Spira founded the productions company Sisters Grimm, to create cross-cultural collaborations in art, music and dance. Their work has included the short film Rapunzel (2009), released internationally at film festivals, the critically-acclaimed Zulu ballet INALA, a collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Voices of the Amazon with Jeremy Irons, both performed at Sadler’s Wells, among other venues.
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