Nayara Lopes

Corps de Ballet

The Eugene and Alyce Fluder Company Dancer

Meet Nayara

Hometown: Curitiba, Brazil
Nayara Lopes began dancing at age six. She trained at the School of Theatre Dance Guaira in Brazil and later at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York. Nayara also competed in ballet competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) finals in New York, where she received the Mary Day Special Award, as well as the YAGP regionals in Columbia, SC, where she was the 2011 Grand Prix winner.

Nayara joined Pennsylvania Ballet for our 2016/2017 season as a member of the corps de ballet. She has performed principal roles such as the Sugarplum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and Cinderella in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella. Nayara has also danced in the world premieres of Brian Sanders’ Chicken Bone Brain and Nicolo Fonte’s Ghost Stories, as well as a featured role in Nacho Duato’s Remansos.

Prior to Pennsylvania Ballet, Nayara danced with Orlando Ballet II, which she joined in 2010; the National Ballet of Canada, which she joined as an apprentice in 2011; and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, which she joined in 2015. She has worked with choreographers that include Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Lindsay Fischer, Robert Hill, Raymond Lukens, and Jessica Lang.

PERSONAL QUOTE

“One: We are inherently noble.
Two: The universe believes in us; we cannot fall, simply land.
Three: We must not fear decision.”
– taken from Anis Mojgani

FUN FACT

Nayara loves to have a doughnut and go work out after!

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Performance Highlights

With Pennsylvania Ballet:

  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Columbine, Lead Marzipan)
  • Cinderella (Autumn Fairy)
  • The Third Light (company premiere)
  • Square Dance
  • Le Corsaire (Gulnare, Odalisques)
  • Western Symphony
  • Somnolence (world premiere)

With Orlando Ballet II:

  • Carmen
  • Giselle
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

With National Ballet of Canada:

  • Giselle
  • La Fille mal Gardee
  • Alice in Wonderland

Additional Featured Roles:

  • Don Quixote Dream Scene (Kitri)
  • Allegro Brillante
  • Black Swan
  • Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux
Nayara Lopes and artists of Pennsylvania Ballet | Photo: Arian Molina Soca
Nayara Lopes Gallery 1

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