Photo by Jade Young


Principal, American Ballet Theatre

Marcelo Gomes, a native of Brazil, began his dance studies at the age of 5 at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Aschcar ballet schools in Rio de Janeiro. Upon winning the Revelation Prize at the Festival of Dance in Joinville in 1993, he traveled to the United States to continue his training at The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as at the schools of the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Cuballet, where he studied under Alicia Alonso. Mr. Gomes was awarded second place at the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1994, and was the recipient of the Hope Prize at Lausanne in 1996, after which he spent a year at the school of the Paris Opera Ballet. Mr. Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 and was promoted to Soloist in 2000 and Principal Dancer in 2002. He has performed in every full-length ballet in the company’s repertoire and has worked with and/or created leading roles for virtually every major choreographer in the last 20 years. Mr. Gomes’ performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to his touring with ABT, he has appeared at numerous international dance festivals, and has been a guest artist with the Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Mikhailovsky Ballet, New York City Ballet and many other prestigious companies. He accompanied Alessandra Ferri on her farewell tour in Japan and Italy in 2008, and was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Benois de la Dance in Moscow the same year. As a choreographer, Mr. Gomes has created ballets for American Ballet Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, La Scala, Kings of the Dance, and ABT’s Studio Company. His ballet Apothéose, created for Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle, had its premiere on the opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House engagement in May 2013. In 2014, he choreographed the wildly successful Under Armour “I Will What I Want” television campaign starring Misty Copeland. His most recent work, AfterEffect, with scenic design by artist Françoise Gilot, entered the repertoire of ABT in October 2015 at the David H Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. His dancing and choreography are showcased in the Juilliard Open Studios interactive app, which is available on iTunes.