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Marcelino Sambé: ‘Ballet should not be just for elite kids'

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

It's a fairytale: the young dancer in a poor Lisbon suburb who makes it to principal at a world class company. But more underprivileged children should get a chance, says the Royal Ballet's rising star “My earliest memory of dancing,” Marcelino Sambé says, “is of being at a community centre for children from troubled families, in Alto da Loba, on the outskirts of Lisbon, where I was born.” We are talking in an office at the Royal Opera House and Sambé is sitting down, sometimes wrapping his arms around himself, looking at ease in his body in the way only a dancer can - with...
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