Marcelo Gomes (dancer)

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Marcelo Gomes
Gomes dancing with Julie Kent
Marcelo Mourão Gomes

(1979-09-26) September 26, 1979 (age 42)
OccupationBallet dancer
Years active1997–present
Former groupsAmerican Ballet Theatre

Marcelo Mourão Gomes (born September 26, 1979)[1] is a Brazilian ballet dancer who performed for two decades with the American Ballet Theatre.


Born in Manaus and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Gomes began his dance studies at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Achcar Ballet Schools. At the age of 13 he left Brazil to attend the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and at 16 he studied for one year at the Paris Opera Ballet school.[2] He also studied at the schools of the Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Cuballet. Gomes was a Prix de Lausanne winner in 1996.

Gomes first joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1997 as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in 2000 and to principal dancer in 2002.[3] He was named one of "25 to Watch" in 2001 by Dance Magazine.[4] In 2008 was a winner of one of the most prestigious awards in ballet, the Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow for his role as Othello in Lar Lubovitch's ballet Othello.

Gomes' performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to his touring with ABT, he has appeared at many international dance festivals, including the World Ballet Festival in Japan. He has been a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet,[5] the Bolshoi Ballet,[6] the Dutch National Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Houston Ballet, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and the New York City Ballet. In the summer of 2008, he accompanied Alessandra Ferri on her farewell tour in Japan and Italy.

Gomes resigned from the ABT on December 21, 2017, after the company began investigating a report of sexual misconduct levied against him.[7]

On 15 September 2018, Gomes married his boyfriend Nicholas Palmquist.[8][9]


He created Aktaion in Artemis, the Portrait in Dorian, Death in HereAfter, Sergei in On the Dnieper and leading roles in Black Tuesday, C. to C. (Close to Chuck), Clear, Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, From Here On Out, and Glow - Stop.


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 2 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ Gia Kourlas (February 12, 2010). "A Dance King, Secure in His Domain". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Dancers: Principals: Marcelo Gomes". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "25 to Watch - notable dancers, companies and choreographers". Dance Magazine. January 2001. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "Marcelo Gomes".
  6. ^ "People".
  7. ^ Fortin, Jacey (December 21, 2017). "Marcelo Gomes Leaves American Ballet Theater After Sexual Misconduct Allegation". New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Happiest day of my life". Instagram. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  9. ^ Oli, Coleman (26 September 2018). "Ballet dancer accused of sexual misconduct marries boyfriend". Page Six. Retrieved 10 December 2019.

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