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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

Grand final of BBC Young Dancer broadcast by BBC Two on 9 May 2015

Grand final of BBC Young Dancer broadcast by BBC Two on 9 May 2015

8 May 2015

Category finalists perform a selection of work live at Sadler's Wells, judged by a panel including Wayne McGregor.

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.

Photos

Tamara Rojo in Goldberg – The Brandstrup-Rojo Project, ROH2

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in rehearsals for Marguerite and Armand

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite and Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Tamara Rojo and Fei Bo have dinner in a restaurant in Beijing

Tamara Rojo as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty

Tamara Rojo as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Tamara Rojo in Manon

Tamara Rojo with Rupert Pennefather in La Sylphide

Tamara Rojo and Bennet Gartside in Asphodel Meadows

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand.

Tamara Rojo in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Tamara Rojo and Steven McRae in Goldberg – The Brandstrup-Rojo Project, ROH2

Thomas Whitehead and Tamara Rojo in Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story, The Royal Ballet

Tamara Rojo

Tamara Rojo in Life is a Dream

Tamara Rojo and Fei Bo in front of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand and Gary Avis as the Duke in Marguerite and Armand

Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo at the Latin-UK Awards

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call with Sergei Polunin and Carlos Acosta

Tamara Rojo as The Red Queen, and artists of the Royal Ballet in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Tamara Rojo as Juliet and Carlos Acosta as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Tamara Rojo in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet at The O2

Tamara Rojo with Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake

Tamara Rojo and Rupert Pennefather in Giselle

Tamara Rojo's final curtain call as a Principal of The Royal Ballet.

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand

Tamara Rojo in Theme and Variations

Tamara Rojo's curtain call and flower throw.

Tamara Rojo with Rupert Pennefather in La Sylphide

Tamara Rojo and Fei Bo in rehearsal

Tamara Rojo and Fei Bo enjoy candyfloss with CNN executive editor Neil Curry

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

The Royal Ballet in Trespass, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.