MARCELO GOMES was born in Manaus, Brazil, and began his dance studies at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Aschcar ballet schools in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 5. He went on to study at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and later at the schools of Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Cuballet under Alicia Alonso. After winning the Hope Prize at the 1996 International Ballet Competition in Lausanne, Mr. Gomes 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 to Principal Dancer in 2002. He has performed leading roles in virtually every full-length classical ballet in the company’s repertoire, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; Albrecht in Giselle; Prince Siegfried, Benno, and von Rothbart in Swan Lake; Solor in La Bayadere; Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty; Franz in Coppelia; Espada and Basilio in Don Quixote; Prince Charming in Cinderella; Onegin and Prince Gremin in Onegin; Conrad, Ali the Slave, and Lankendem in Le Corsaire; the Cavalier in The Nutcracker; the Moor in Othello; Jeanne de Brienne and Abderakman in Raymonda; Lescaut and Des Grieux in Manon; Pyotr in The Bright Stream; as well as in ballets by George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Anthony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, and Martha Graham, and has worked with, as well as created roles for Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky. Mr. Gomes orignated roles in two of Mr. Ratmansky's ballets - On the Dnieper (2009) and The Nutcracker (2010).
Mr. Gomes’ performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to touring with American Ballet Theatre, he has appeared at many international dance festivals and as a guest artist with the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Houston Ballet, the Teatro Colon, the Teatro Municipal Do Rio de Janeiro, the Universal Ballet, and the New York City Ballet. He partnered Alessandra Ferri on her farewell tour in Japan and Italy in 2008.
Mr. Gomes has recently begun a successful choreographic career and has created pieces for dancers from American Ballet Theatre and La Scala. He has appeared with Kings of the Dance since 2009.
His awards include the Revelation Prize at the Festival of Dance in Joinville (1993), the Hope Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne (1996), and the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse (2008).