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Pietra Mello-Pittman

First Artist of The Royal Ballet


Brazilian dancer and choreographer Pietra Mello-Pittman is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2008.

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. Her repertory with the Company has included roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Anastasia, Manon, Mayerling, Gloria, Requiem, The Rite of Spring, Ondine, Cinderella, Daphnis and Chloë, La Fille mal gardée, The Dream, Sylvia, La Valse, Les Patineurs, Tales of Beatrix Potter, The Nutcracker, Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, Ballo della regina, Onegin and Carmen. She has created roles in Sensorium, Les Saisons, Tryst, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Three Songs – Two Voices.

Mello-Pittman is a keen choreographer and won the Ursula Morton Choreographic Competition in 2001 while at the School. In 2009 she 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, and Inala, a collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed at the Barbican, Edinburgh International Festival and Sadler's Wells.