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Eric Underwood

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Eric Underwood in action.
Eric Underwood in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

American dancer Eric Underwood is a Soloist with The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2006 as a First Artist and was promoted to Soloist in 2008. In his first Season with the Company he created roles in Wheeldon's DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and in McGregor's Chroma. He has gone on to create roles for Wheeldon in Aeternum, Electric Counterpoint and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (the Caterpillar), and for McGregor in Chroma, Infra, Acis and Galatea, Live Fire Exercise, Raven Girl and Tetractys – The Art of Fugue.

Underwood was born in Washington D.C. and at 14 began ballet training locally under the direction of Barbara Marks. At the end of his first year he joined the School of American Ballet, New York, later winning the school's Philip Morris Foundation Scholarship. He graduated into the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2000 and was promoted to soloist at the end of the season, before moving to American Ballet Theatre in 2003. His repertory there included Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), High Brahmin (La Bayadère), Officer (Cinderella), Gaoler and Gentleman (Manon), Apollo (Sylvia) as well as roles in The Four Temperaments, Agon, Work Within Work and In the Upper Room.

In addition to his new role creations, Underwood's Royal Ballet repertory has included Mrs Pettitoes (Tales of Beatrix Potter), Gaoler (Manon), Consort to the Queen of Fire (Homage to The Queen), Southern Cape Zebra (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café), Tryst and roles in Serenade. For The Royal Opera he has appeared in David McVicar's production of Faust.

Videos

News and features

Alexander Whitley on being inspired by The Sleeping Beauty in one work, and using Xboxes in another

Alexander Whitley on being inspired by The Sleeping Beauty in one work, and using Xboxes in another

14 May 2014

The choreographer's new programme stars Eric Underwood, Melissa Hamilton and Marcelino Sambé of The Royal Ballet.

Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

13 February 2014

Watch Wayne McGregor rehearse with Lauren Cuthbertson, Natalia Osipova, Eric Underwood and Edward Watson.

Your reaction: Raven Girl and Symphony in C

Your reaction: Raven Girl and Symphony in C

25 May 2013

A selection of tweets from the opening night of ballets by Wayne McGregor and Balanchine.

Watch: Insights into Wayne McGregor and Audrey Niffenegger's Raven Girl


Watch: Insights into Wayne McGregor and Audrey Niffenegger's Raven Girl


13 May 2013

Choreographer and author/visual artist rehearse Wayne’s new ballet and explain their creative process

Pointe Shoes Room: A look at the caterpillar’s feet in Alice

Pointe Shoes Room: A look at the caterpillar’s feet in Alice

28 March 2013

Eight dancers wear custom-made shoes each hand-encrusted with 365 crystals.

Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

24 January 2013

Fashion, dance and photography brought together in works by Rick Guest.

Photos

Sarah Lamb as Raven Girl and Eric Underwood as the Prince in Raven Girl © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Sarah Lamb as Raven Girl and Eric Underwood as the Prince in Raven Girl © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Eric Underwood in rehearsals for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Toreadors in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson, 2013

Eric Underwood and Melissa Hamilton in Infra © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Eric Underwood dancing in Carbon Life © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Eric Underwood and Lauren Cuthbertson dancing in Carbon Life © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Nathalie Harrison and Eric Underwood in Agon ©Bill Cooper/ROH 2009

Eric Underwood and Ricardo Cervera in Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Eric Underwood in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Eric Underwood - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Backstage Access © ROH 2011

Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in DGV © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eric Underwood © Johan Persson

Sarah Lamb and Eric Underwood in Limen © ROH 2011

Eric Underwood as the Gaoler and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Manon, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood in Tryst, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

Eric Underwood in Infra © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010

Eric Underwood and Melissa Hamilton in Infra © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010

Eric Underwood and Melissa Hamilton in Infra © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010

Royal Ballet Soloist Eric Underwood © Rick Guest

Eric Underwood in Electric Counterpoint, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2010