How the Royal Ballet's golden couple stay instep onstage and off

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How the Royal Ballet's golden couple stay instep onstage and off

Living and working together could be a recipe for relationship disaster, but dance couple Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares say the secret to their success is a strong friendship and a focus on their jobs as principal dancers at the Royal Ballet. 
"It could be awkward, but you have to be professional," said Marianela.
"Beyond anything else we're very good friends. We started this relationship as friends and I think that is the key to it," she added.
The pair, dubbed 'Thianela' by fans, met and fell in love after meeting at the Royal Ballet in 2002.
Brazilian-born Thiago later proposed after the curtain came down on a performance of Sleeping Beauty and the couple married in 2011.
"We do use as a tool the fact that we know each other, which means sometimes you can go further when you're dancing," said Thiago.
Marianela, who moved here from Argentina at the age of 15, now considers the UK her adopted home. "This is my place in life, I've found it. I love London and the Royal Ballet is definitely my family or maybe my second family. I shouldn't really say that as my real family will get really upset."
When they're not performing or rehearsing at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House, the couple enjoy soaking up all that the capital has to offer. "I like to go to galleries and exhibitions," said Thiago. "On Sunday Marianela likes to do her girly things like shopping," he added. "Thiago took salsa lessons and I really want to learn how to tango. That's my new year's resolution. I'm ashamed that I'm Argentinian and I don't know how to tango," she Marianela.
The pair are gearing up to dance in Onegin and will be seen in Swan Lake in February. They are also set to appear in the 10th anniversary of the Russian Ballet Icons Gala at the Coliseum on March 8.

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