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Marcelino Sambé, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in the United Kingdom

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The Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé was promoted to principal dancer of the Royal Ballet dance company of the United Kingdom

Information provided by company director Kevin O’Hare on the Royal Opera House website announces that Marcelino Sambé will take the top spot from the 2019-2020 season.

O’Hare also praised the dancer’s impressive range of artistic abilities, and that the Portuguese had a fantastic year with some notable premieres, notably in Carlos Acosta’s “Don Quixote” and Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet”.

Marcelino Sambé, who was born in Lisbon in 1994 and started dancing at the age of four, joined the National Conservatory Dance School with several prizes in international competitions.

In 2012, Marcelino Sambé joined the Royal Ballet company in London, after having passed through the dance school of this British cultural structure. This year was considered by the Youth Dance England one of the emerging choreographers of the United Kingdom.

In 2017 received the prize of excellence of classic performance in the National Prizes of Dance of the United Kingdom by the interpretation in “The fille mal gardée”.

In 2018 he was already the company’s first dancer, having now ascended the principal dancer.

In that year, Forbes magazine included Marcelino Sambé among the most outstanding “30 young Europeans under 30 years old”.

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