Tamara Rojo

(b. 1974)

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(b Montreal, 17 May 1974)

Spanish dancer. She studied with Ullate in Madrid, and danced with his Ballet Comunidad de Madrid (1991–6). In 1996 she came to Britain, to dance first with Scottish Ballet and in 1997 to join English National Ballet where she was rapidly promoted to principal, creating lead roles in ballets by Christopher Hampson and Derek Deane, including the latter's 1998 production of Romeo and Juliet. She joined the Royal Ballet in 2000 and became one of the company's leading ballerinas. Her fluidly expressive dancing, pegged to an exceptionally powerful technique, has been showcased in all the classical roles but Rojo has additionally danced the major MacMillan, Balanchine, and Ashton repertories and created roles in ballets by McGregor (Chroma, 2006), Brandstrup (Rushes, 2008, Goldberg, 2009) among others. She has guested worldwide, with companies including La Scala, Berlin Opera Ballet, and National Ballet of Cuba and is recipient of many awards including Critic's Circle outstanding dancer and the Spanish Gold Medal for the Arts.

Subjects: Dance.

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