Nayara Lopes

First Soloist

The Eugene and Alyce Fluder First Soloist 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 Philadelphia Ballet for our 2016/2017 season as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to Soloist for the 18/19 season, and was then promoted to First Soloist for the 2019/2020 Season. 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  Helen Pickett’s TILT, Brian Sanders’ Chicken Bone Brain and Nicolo Fonte’s Ghost Stories, as well as a featured role in Nacho Duato’s Remansos.

Prior to Philadelphia 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.


“Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Nayara loves swimming and also enjoys dancing hip hop!


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Performance Highlights

With Philadelphia Ballet:

  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (The Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Bluebird Princess)
  • Le Corsaire (Gulnare, Odalisques)
  • Cinderella (Cinderella, Autumn Fairy)


  • TILT (world premiere)
  • Somnolence (world premiere)
  • Ghost Stories (world premiere)
  • Episode 31 (company premiere)
  • Remansos (company premiere)
  • The Third Light (company premiere)

Additional Featured Roles:

  • Don Quixote Dream Scene (Kitri)
  • Allegro Brillante
  • Black Swan
Nayara Lopes and artists of Philadelphia Ballet | Photo: Arian Molina Soca
Nayara Lopes Gallery 1

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