English dancer and choreographer Kristen McNally is a Soloist with The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2007 and Soloist in 2009.
McNally was born in Liverpool and trained locally with Elizabeth Hill before joining The Royal Ballet Upper School. Her repertory with the Company has included Empress Elisabeth (Mayerling), Madame (Manon), ‘M’ (Ek’s Carmen), Carabosse (The Sleeping Beauty), Anna II (Seven Deadly Sins), lead Harlot (Romeo and Juliet), Pianist (The Lesson), Cook (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Stepmother (Hansel and Gretel) and roles in Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story, Tryst and Symphony in C. She created a role in Watkins’s As One.
McNally choreographed Yes we did and Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game for the Linbury Studio Theatre and regularly contributes to The Royal Ballet's Draft Works. In her work with the Learning and Participation department of the Royal Opera House she has choreographed for the children involved in Chance for Dance and co-presented The Royal Ballet Live streamed event with George Lamb.
News and features
30 July 2014
Kristen will open up her creative process with free-to-watch rehearsals with BalletBoyz theTALENT at this year's festival.
5 June 2013
Chance to Dance and Youth Opera team up for unique event.
23 April 2013
First Artist Nathalie Harrison on swapping performing for choreographing.
29 September 2012
Wasps scrum-half Charlie Davies and Royal Ballet Soloist Dawid Trzensimiech compare notes.
11 May 2012
Children perform new work in the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio.
Robert Clark as the pianist, Lauren Cuthbertson as The Ballerina and Kristen McNally as the Angry Lady in The Concert, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014
Chance to Dance children with Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally
Dawid Trzensimiech, Kristen McNally and Charlie Davies
Dawid Trzensimiech at the Ralph Lauren Young Friend Insider event
Kristen McNally and Charlie Davies at the Ralph Lauren Young Friend Insider event
Kristen McNally, Dawid Trzensimiech and Charlie Davies at the Young Friends Insider event hosted by Ralph Lauren
Kristen McNally in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011
Kristen McNally and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011
Kristen McNally as Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty. © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011
Ralph Lauren store in Covent Garden
Philip Mosley as Widow Simone and Francesca Filpi, Samantha Raine, Vanessa Fenton and Kristen McNally as Clog dancers in La Fille Mal Gardee © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2010