The artistic director of English National Ballet has been accused of hypocrisy after embarking on an affair with a lead dancer – after banning ballerinas from having flings with co-stars.
Tamara Rojo, 43, is in an 18-month long relationship with boyfriend Isaac Hernandez, 27, who is her subordinate and a senior dancer at the company.
But she has come under fire after she allegedly told ball master, Jose Martin, that he could not remain with the company and be in a relationship with dancer, Kerry Birkett.
Mr Martin and Ms Birkett left the publicly funded company in 2013 and got married.
A source told The Times that they had heard Ms Rojo say in reference to Mr Martin that she considered it ‘unprofessional’ for artistic staff to be in a relationship with a dancer.
Another source told the newspaper there was a perception of double standards. They said: ‘That was definitely something I witnessed — she tells you an expectation or gives you a rule, but then her own people are just breaking them.’
Employees said they also felt uncomfortable about Ms Rojo’s relationship with Mr Hernández because of a perceived conflict of interest, but the couple denied this.