Marcelo Gomes, a native of Brazil, began his dance studies at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Achcar Ballet Schools. He studied at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and at the schools of the Paris Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Cuballet. Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 and was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and Principal Dancer in August 2002. In 2008, Gomes danced Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, partnering Luciana Paris, at the Kennedy Center Honors. He won the Benois de la Danse for best male performer in the same year. Gomes was the recipient of a Dance Magazine Award in 2015.