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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.

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.

Watch: Monica Mason's final curtain call as Director of The Royal Ballet

Watch: Monica Mason's final curtain call as Director of The Royal Ballet

21 July 2012

Retiring Director given traditional flower throw.

Guest Artists for 2012/13 season announced

Guest Artists for 2012/13 season announced

19 July 2012

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin to return, Natalia Osipova to debut alongside Carlos Acosta.

Photos

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

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in rehearsals for Marguerite and Armand

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call with Sergei Polunin

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

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand.

Edward Watson and Tamara Rojo in Machina, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Tamara Rojo with Rupert Pennefather in La Sylphide

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 Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty

Tamara Rojo in Manon

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

Tamara Rojo

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call

Tamara Rojo's curtain call and flower throw.

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

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 Rupert Pennefather in La Sylphide

Marguerite and Armand, Oct 2011

Bennet Gartside and Tamara Rojo in rehearsal for Asphodel Meadows

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

Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo at the Latin-UK Awards

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call

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

Tamara Rojo in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Tamara Rojo in Life is a Dream

Tamara Rojo and Fei Bo in rehearsal

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

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

Tamara Rojo as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Tamara Rojo with Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake