Brazilian dancer Thiago Soares is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company as a First Artist in 2002 and was promoted to Soloist in 2003, First Soloist in 2004 and Principal in 2006. His repertory with the Company includes Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker and Cinderella), Basilio (Don Quixote), Solor (La Bayadère), Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Romeo and Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet), Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Lescaut (Manon) and Onegin. He has created roles in many ballets, including Wayne McGregor's Tetractys – The Art of Fugue.
Soares was born in Rio de Janeiro and from the age of 12 trained at a circus school. He focused on ballet from the age of 15, training at the Rio de Janeiro Centre for Dance. In 1998 he graduated into the Municipal Theatre Ballet, and in 2002 moved from there to The Royal Ballet. He regularly appears as a guest artist with companies around the world, including in Japan and with the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi, in such roles as Prince Siegfried and Basilio.
Soares's many awards include silver medal at the 1998 Paris International Dance Competition and gold medal at the 2001 Moscow International Ballet Competition, where he also won the award for best couple with Royal Ballet Principal Roberta Marquez. In 2004 he was named Outstanding Male Artist (Classical) at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Soares is married to Royal Ballet Principal Marianela Nuñez, to whom he proposed after a performance of The Sleeping Beauty in which they had danced the Principal roles.
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Awards celebrate the contributions of the UK’s Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities.
7 February 2014
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27 September 2013
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2 August 2013
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25 May 2013
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15 February 2013
Look under the bonnet of two new ballets with their choreographers and members of The Royal Ballet.