Marcelo Gomes

I began dancing at the age of 5 at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Aschcar ballet schools in Rio de Janeiro. By that time I was 8 years old, I knew that I was going to dance for the rest of my life. In the year 1993, I moved to the United States of America to continue my training at the Harid Conservatory at Boca Raton Florida and just like any other dancer, I joined the American Ballet Theatre. “I was 18 years old when I came into the company, and with that, we were off! Since then, I have worked with such wonderful ballerinas and have had the honour of dancing truly incredible roles.”

I know that the career of a dancer is brief therefore; I have taken u choreographing performances now. I seek inspiration from music and movement. Choreographing has been an amazing experience and the handful of opportunities that I had, I received them with open arms and the process has been rewarding because I got the opportunity to work with phenomenal dancers.

Ballet is a dance form mainly meant for women and being a male ballet dancer has been difficult, but I have never been afraid of trying out different things. There was time when I had to perform for Sleeping Beauty. Not many people would like to play with the villain, but I was quite eager to try it. In the end, I danced as both hero and villain on different nights of the show. It felt like a breath of fresh air. As a dancer, it is essential to be open to experimentation.

Working as a choreographer is great, I get to observe dancers and there are instances when I tell someone to do a move in a certain way and they get it, it feels like I’m passing on my knowledge and it’s amazing. And, even though I’d love to continue choreographing and directing, dance is my passion and I’m not quitting it, just transitioning. It is difficult balancing the two, but it’s worth all the effort in the end.