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Thiago Soares (born 18 May 1981) is a Brazilian ballet dancer. He is a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet in London.

Thiago Soares
Born (1981-05-18) 18 May 1981 (age 38)
OccupationBallet dancer
Marianela Núñez
(m. 2011; div. 2015)

Early lifeEdit

Born in 1981[citation needed] in Rio de Janeiro, Soares trained there at the Centre for Dance.


Soares joined the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Ballet in 1998; where his repertoire included the Prince in The Nutcracker, Siegfried in Natalia Makarova's Swan Lake, Solor in Makarova's La Bayadère, Romeo in Vladimir Vasiliev's Romeo and Juliet, and Basilio in Don Quixote. In 2002, he briefly trained with the Kirov Ballet and danced Siegfried and Basilio with the Russian State Ballet.[citation needed]

Soares joined the Royal Ballet in 2002 as a First Artist and was promoted to Soloist in September 2003, First Soloist in September 2004 and finally, Principal in September 2006.[1] His repertoire includes the title role in John Cranko's production of Onegin, Siegfried in Anthony Dowell's Swan Lake, the Prince in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker, Solor in Makarova's La Bayadére, Prince Florimund in the Monica Mason and Christopher Newton production of The Sleeping Beauty, the lead Pas de deux in William Forsyeth's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated Franz in Ninette de Valois' Coppélia, Glen Tetley's Voluntaries, Mark Morris' Gong, Ivan Tsarevich in Fokine's The Firebird, the First Movement of Balanchine's Four Temperaments, the Second Movement of Balanchine's Symphony in C, Diamonds in Jewels, Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de deux and the Queen of Fire's Consort in Christopher Wheeldon's Fire variation in Homage to the Queen. His Kenneth MacMillan repertoire includes Tybalt and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Rasputin in Anastasia, Lescaut in Manon, Elite Syncopations, Winter Dreams and Rudolf in Mayerling', Requien, (el Pepe) in Las hermanas

His Frederick Ashton repertoire includes the Thaïs Medatition Pas de deux, Orion in Sylvia, Colas in La fille mal gardée, Birthday Offering Pas de deux and Awakening Pas de deux,the Prince in Cinderella

He has also created roles in David Bintley's Les Saisons, Will Tucket's The Seven Deadly Sins, Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets and Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl.

Nowadays, his agenda includes performances as a guest artist in the US, Japan, Korea, China, Argentina, Russia, and France. [2]


His awards include the Silver Medal at the Paris International Dance Competition in 1998, the Gold Medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2001, and the "Outstanding Classical Dancer" award at the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards in 2004. [2]

Personal lifeEdit

Soares married fellow dancer and frequent partner Marianela Núñez in Buenos Aires in July 2011. The couple separated in 2014 and announced their divorce in January 2016, but they remain dance partners and friends.[3]

On DVDEdit

In 2005, Soares performed Orion in a filmed performance of Sylvia, alongside Darcey Bussell as Sylvia and Roberto Bolle as Aminta. The performance was later released on DVD. In 2009, Soares and Núñez performed the lead roles in a filmed performance of Swan Lake, which is also available on DVD.


  1. ^ Bain, David. "Thiago Soares interview". London: magazine. Retrieved 20 December 2003.
  2. ^ a b "official site". Thiago Soares. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  3. ^ Patrick Kidd (16 January 2016). "Diary (TMS): Covent Garden's first couple split, Bowie's parliament flop, Friends star misses out and Yes, prime minister". The Times. Retrieved 22 January 2016.

External linksEdit

  • All I Am. A Beadie Finzi's documentary about Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez .