On October 08 2019, we are delighted to welcome The Royal Ballet’s newest Principal, Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé. The Association is especially proud of Marcelino as he is the first of our Royal Ballet School Award winners to become a Principal in the Company. He won our award twice, at the end of his first and second years in the School in 2011 and 2012 and joined the Company during the 2012/13 Season.
Born in Lisbon, Marcelino studied at the National Conservatory there, before joining The Royal Ballet Upper School. His other awards include a silver medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2008, first prize at Youth America Grand Prix in 2009, a gold medal and special award at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2010 and the Award for Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) at the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards in 2017.
Performances at School included in John Neumeier’s Yonderlingand Alastair Marriott’s Simple Symphony.Recent roles have included Perseus in Medusa,Romeo, Basilio, Colas, Oberon, Mercutio, and Hans-Peter/Nutcracker. Coming up this next season, his roles include one in Cathy Marston’s new ballet, Franz in Coppelia,Lescaut in Manon and Siegfried. Although Marcelino spoke to the Association twice as a student, he hasn’t since he joined the Company, so we can expect a fascinating evening.
On October 18 2019, we are extremely pleased to welcome recently promoted Soloists Isabella Gasparini and Romany Pajdak as our guests. Brazilian Isabella was born in São Paulo and trained at her mother’s school before joining Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined Northern Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to coryphée in 2011. She left Northern in 2013 to dance in English National Ballet’s Swan Lake and Nutcracker and also danced extensively with New English Ballet Theatre before joining The Royal Ballet in January 2014 as an Artist and was promoted to first Artist in 2016. Roles since joining have included Clara, Fairy of the Song Bird, Blue Girl (Les Patineurs), Amour, cygnet and pas de trois (Swan Lake), Justine (Frankenstein) and many others across the repertoire. She won a gold medal at Youth America Grand Prix in 2003.
Born in London, Romany joined The Royal Ballet School as a Junior Associate and graduated through the School before joining The Royal Ballet in 2004. Awards whilst at School included in 2003 the Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance and a silver medal at Adeline Genée Awards. She was promoted to First Artist in 2008. Like Gabriella, Romany has danced many roles across the Company’s repertoire, including Five Brahm’s Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Fairy of the Crystal Fountain, Effie (La Sylphide), Emily Dimmock (Sweet Violets) and a Harlot and a Juliet Friend. Romany regularly participate in Opera House Insight evenings and performed in charity events. She is a qualified sports massage therapist. We can expect a very entertaining evening.
On November 27 2019, we are especially pleased to welcome Royal Ballet Principal Laura Morera as our speaker. A great favourite with Association members, Laura needs little introduction. Born in Madrid, she trained locally before joining The Royal Ballet School aged 11. She joined The Royal Ballet in 1995 and was promoted to Principal in 2007. She has performed roles across the Company’s repertoire, including Lise, Anastasia, Diana, Lykanion, Gypsy Girl, Effie, Tatiana, Giselle, Kitri, Sugar Plum Fairy, Gamzatti, Manon, Lescaut’s Mistress, Mary Vetsera, Mitzi Caspar, Marie Larisch, the Queen of Hearts, Paulina, Titania, Masha and Carmen. She has created many roles in Liam Scarlet’s ballets, as well as works by Kim Brandstrup, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon. Her awards include Outstanding Femal Performance (Classical) in the 2015 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for her performances as Lise. Upcoming performances include Lady Elgar, Manon and Swanilda. Laura also regularly teaches on courses organised by her husband Justin Meissner, mainly in Japan. We know that Laura will give us a lively and entertaining evening.