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Tamara Rojo

Dancer

Biography

Tamara Rojo in action.
A portrait of Tamara Rojo © Paul Smith/ROH 2011

Spanish dancer Tamara Rojo is Artistic Director of English National Ballet and a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a Principal in 2000 and in summer 2012 left to take up her position at ENB, where she also continues to dance as lead principal.

Rojo trained in Madrid at the Victor Ullate School and graduated into Ballet Victor Ullate. In 1996 she was invited to join Scottish Ballet and the next year moved to ENB, where within six months she was promoted to principal. She has performed all the classical roles, in works by Kenneth MacMillan and Frederick Ashton, in Mats Ek’s and Roland Petit’s Carmen and in ballets by George Balanchine, Kim Brandstrup, John Cranko, Nils Criste, Derek Deane, Mikhail Fokine, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen and Jerome Robbins. Her many awards include the Prince of Asturias Arts Award, Spanish Royal Gold Medal of Fine Arts, Encomienda de Número of the Spanish Order of Isabel la Católica, the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production with Goldberg – The Brandstrup-Rojo Project, Benois de la Danse Award, Gold Medal and Special Jury Award at the Paris International Dance Competition, Critics’ Circle National Dance Award, Barclays Award and Italian Critics’ Award.

Rojo often participates on the juries of all the major international dance competitions, including Beijing, Lausanne and Benois. She is a Master of Theatrical Arts and a Bachelor of Dance and Choreography Honours Graduate from the University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.

Videos

News and features

Wayne McGregor to join judging panel for BBC’s Young Dancer 2015 competition

Wayne McGregor to join judging panel for BBC’s Young Dancer 2015 competition

3 October 2014

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer to join Tamara Rojo and Matthew Bourne on panel, with Carlos Acosta as contest ambassador.

Recommended recordings: Ballet DVDs

Recommended recordings: Ballet DVDs

24 January 2014

Recent releases include the Royal Ballet programme featuring Tamara Rojo's final performance with the Company, and a duo of Sadler's Wells recordings.

Cinema screenings of The Royal Ballet's Frederick Ashton Mixed Programme confirmed

Cinema screenings of The Royal Ballet's Frederick Ashton Mixed Programme confirmed

5 April 2013

UK audiences can relive Tamara Rojo's final ROH performance on 15 July.

The Royal Ballet dances Frederick Ashton in cinemas during summer 2013

The Royal Ballet dances Frederick Ashton in cinemas during summer 2013

23 February 2013

As our mixed programme comes to an end on stage we look ahead to a release in cinemas and on DVD.

Your reaction: Tamara Rojo's final performance with The Royal Ballet

Your reaction: Tamara Rojo's final performance with The Royal Ballet

22 February 2013

A selection of your tweets from the dancer's final performance with the Company.

Royal Ballet receives multiple nominations in National Dance Awards 2012

Royal Ballet receives multiple nominations in National Dance Awards 2012

12 November 2012

Dancers and choreographers nominated in annual awards.

Photos

Tamara Rojo

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call with Sergei Polunin © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call with Sergei Polunin and Carlos Acosta © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo at the Latin-UK Awards © Ric Pereira 2013

Tamara Rojo and Bennet Gartside in Asphodel Meadows © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite and Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite and Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Tamara Rojo with Rupert Pennefather in La Sylphide © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo with Rupert Pennefather in La Sylphide © Johan Persson/ROH 2009

Tamara Rojo's curtain call and flower throw. © The Ballet Bag/ROH 2012

Tamara Rojo's final curtain call as a Principal of The Royal Ballet. © The Ballet Bag/ROH 2012

Tamara Rojo's final curtain call as a Principal of The Royal Ballet. © The Ballet Bag/ROH 2012

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand. ©ROH/Tristram Kenton 2012

Edward Watson and Tamara Rojo in Machina, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012.

Tamara Rojo in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. © ROH/The Ballet Bag 2012

The Royal Ballet in Trespass, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. © ROH 2012.

Tamara Rojo in Life is a Dream © CNN International/Fusion Journeys 2012

Tamara Rojo as Juliet and Carlos Acosta as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet © Dee Conway/ROH 2012

Tamara Rojo as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet at The O2 © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © Bill Cooper/ROH 2004

Tamara Rojo in Manon © Bill Cooper/ROH 2008

Tamara Rojo with Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake © Bill Cooper/ROH 2004

Tamara Rojo in Asphodel Meadows © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo and Rupert Pennefather in Giselle © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo as The Red Queen, and artists of the Royal Ballet in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo as Giselle and Carlos Acosta as Albrecht in Giselle © ROH/2011

Tamara Rojo and Bennet Gartside in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2010

Tamara Rojo in Theme and Variations © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

A portrait of Tamara Rojo © Paul Smith/ROH 2011

Bennet Gartside and Tamara Rojo in rehearsal for Asphodel Meadows © Johan Persson/ROH 2011