Marcelino Sambé has been promoted to principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, the highest rank in the company.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Sambé joined the Royal Ballet in 2012 from the Royal Ballet Upper School. He is currently a first soloist.
Director of the Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare said: “I’m thrilled to announce that Marcelino Sambé will become a principal dancer from the start of the 2019/20 season.
“He has had a fantastic year with some notable debuts, including a dazzling Basilio in Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote, and a heartfelt Romeo in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.
“The impressive range of his artistry has also been displayed in his performances this season in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs and Wayne McGregor’s Infra.”