Marcelino Sambé in “Figure 5”

In this short film, part of a series called “Figures,” Royal Ballet principal dancer Marcelino Sambé opens up about his life as a Black, queer ballet dancer. Set over short clips of Sambé dancing in his home country of Portugal, an audio recording shares his words about struggling with his identity as a classical dancer—and […]

Beatriz Stix-Brunell Is Swapping Her Ballet Shoes for Books

You might think that, as a Royal Ballet dancer who trained at both the School of American Ballet and the Paris Opéra Ballet School, Beatriz Stix-Brunell has had enough experience of world-class institutions to last her a lifetime. But having always had an academic itch, she’s decided to scratch it—so she’s adding one more institution […]

Beatriz Stix-Brunell Is Swapping Her Ballet Shoes for Books

You might think that, as a Royal Ballet dancer who trained at both the School of American Ballet and the Paris Opéra Ballet School, Beatriz Stix-Brunell has had enough experience of world-class institutions to last her a lifetime. But having always had an academic itch, she’s decided to scratch it—so she’s adding one more institution […]

News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in May 2021

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and departures, as well as notable awards and accomplishments, from the last month. Comings & Goings At The Royal Ballet, Fumi Kaneko and Cesar Corrales have been promoted to principal, Meghan Grace Hinkis, Nicol Edmonds and Calvin Richardson to first soloist, Gina Storm-Jensen and Joseph Sissens to soloist, and […]

The Royal Ballet’s Mayara Magri Is Seeing Her Dreams Come True

Growing up in Brazil, Mayara Magri declared she would have a professional dance career abroad before she even fully understood what that meant. She set her sights on The Royal Ballet—and, in just a few years, she went from watching a video of the company’s production of La Bayadère to performing in it as one […]

Choreographer Liam Scarlett Has Died

Over the weekend, news broke that 35-year-old choreographer Liam Scarlett, a former artist in residence at The Royal Ballet, died suddenly at his home in England. “It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic, untimely death of our beloved Liam,” Scarlett’s family said in a brief statement. “At this difficult time for all […]

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