Favorite Dancers: Marcelino Sambe

This is the video I’ve most been looking forward to posting: my personal favorite ballet dancer, Marcelino Sambé. His dancing was what really made me love ballet and watching his videos helped get me through the worst of the pandemic.

My helm is by Carol Datura Riot, the Potions Mistress (Etsy, Facebook, Instagram)

My costume is by Karolina of BeBaGo (Etsy, Facebook, Instagram)

Disclaimer: I’m in no way affiliated with the Royal Ballet or Royal Opera House and are not driving any benefit from talking about them.

Recommended Links for Marcelino Sambé

Royal Opera House Page: http://www.roh.org.uk/people/marcelino-sambe
Royal Ballet Flickr
Marcelino Sambé’s Instagram
Marcelino Sambé’s photography Instagram


Rehearsing The Cellist
The Cellist Pas de Trois
Rehearsing “Kitri and Basilio” from Don Quixote
Rehearsing The Nutcracker (2016)
Rehearsing the Sugarplum Fairy Pas de Deux, from The Nutcracker (2020)
Rehearsing piece by Christopher Wheeldon (2018)
Performing in Flight Pattern
Spring Draft Works extract – Othello’s Limbo
Rehearsing Optional Family

Dancing with Anna Rose

La Fille mal gardée
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux extract
The Nutcracker Act I pas de deux
Rehearsing the La fille mal gardée coda

Miscellaneous Videos

Insights: Kenneth Tharp in conversation with The Royal Ballet for Black History Month
Discussing his career to date
Getting In: A Dancer’s Perspective (an interview with Sambé)
A Short Film starring Marcelino Sambé
Hello, Marcelino (Really cool short video of him dancing)
Dancing on a Beach (Notice how he feels the music and translates it through his body)
Accepting the Olivier Award for Flight Pattern
Land of Nod (choreographed by Marcelino Sambé)
Marcelino Sambe (Royal Ballet): Flames of Paris Variation, YAGP 2009 (Age 14)
Live at Samsung KX: Marcelino Sambe’s Christmas Ballet
The Nutcracker Documentary on Francesca Hayward: Marcelino clips here and here
Figure 5 – Marcelino Sambé


“I’ve Got a Life Outside of Ballet” (Evening Standard)
Royal Ballet: Back on Stage Review (Dance for You Magazine)
Dance Tabs: Marcelino Sambe tag
Website for Romeo & Juliet: Beyond Words (trailers, pictures, behind the scenes videos)
Ballet Should Not Just Be for Elite Kids
The Royal Ballet’s Princely Powerhouse
On Life, Love, Lockdown, and His Idea for an Othello Ballet
One Giant Leap: Meet the New Generation of Male Ballet Stars
Music Triumphs over Tragedy: Marston’s Moving The Cellist Ballet Premiered by The Royal Ballet
Royal Ballet Stars on Roles They Dream of Dancing
Interview in The Times (behind a paywall)
A Review of Flight Pattern
In Conversation
The Show Must Be Paused
Dancers in Lockdown
The Royal Ballet’s New Romeo & Juliet Share Their Secrets to On-Stage Chemistry


Sambe and O’Sullivan in the Bluebird Pas de Deux
Pictures and short descriptions of Dances at a Gathering and The Cellist
As Brother Clown in Winter’s Tale
A Picture from the rehearsal of Optional Family
A Picture from the rehearsal for Romeo & Juliet

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