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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 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 was promoted onstage to Principal Dancer by Angel Corella following the company’s matinee performance of George Balanchine’s «The Nutcracker» on December 11, 2021. She has performed principal roles such as the Sugarplum Fairy in George Balanchine’s «The Nutcracker», Cinderella in Ben Stevenson’s «Cinderella», «Sleeping Beauty» and «Swan Lake» staged by Angel Corella. Nayara has also danced in many world premieres and have been featured role in Nacho Duato’s «Remansos». Prior to Philadelphia Ballet, Nayara danced with Orlando Ballet in 2010; the National Ballet of Canada in 2011; and the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2015. She has worked with choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Lindsay Fischer, Robert Hill, Raymond Lukens, Jessica Lang, David Dawson and Juliano Nunes. 


At the Origen Festival she danced in the ballet «Lacuna» (2022) by Juliano Nunes.