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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 of 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 Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Wayne 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 aged 14 began training locally with 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.

Underwood's Royal Ballet repertory includes 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 and Qualia. For The Royal Opera he has danced in Faust, directed by David McVicar.

Videos

News and features

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

26 August 2014

A number of Royal Ballet dancers are performing extracts from iconic dance works.

Gallery: Claire Calvert and Eric Underwood filming for Deloitte Ignite 2014

Gallery: Claire Calvert and Eric Underwood filming for Deloitte Ignite 2014

20 August 2014

A glimpse behind the scenes with dancers from The Royal Ballet.

Watch: Charlotte Edmonds rehearses her new short film with Royal Ballet dancers

Watch: Charlotte Edmonds rehearses her new short film with Royal Ballet dancers

14 August 2014

Dance film exploring Greek myth Leda and the Swan will have its premiere at this year’s Deloitte Ignite festival and stars Claire Calvert and Eric Underwood.

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.

Photos

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film © ROH 2014/ Ruairi Watson

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood and Claire Calvert being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film © ROH 2014/ Ruairi Watson

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood and Claire Calvert being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film © ROH 2014/ Ruairi Watson

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood and Claire Calvert being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film © ROH 2014/ Ruairi Watson

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood and Claire Calvert being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film © ROH 2014/ Ruairi Watson

Sarah Lamb and Eric Underwood in rehearsals for Raven Girl © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

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

Tristan Dyer, Alexander Campbell, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside, Christina Arestis, Alastair Marriott, Genesia Rosato, Christopher Saunders, Thomas Whitehead, Erico Montes and Eric Underwood in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © 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 © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet © 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

Eric Underwood and Olivia Cowley in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2009