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Paul Kay

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Paul Kay in action.
Paul Kay in Cinderella, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2010

English dancer Paul Kay is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2005 and Soloist in 2008.

Kay was born in Oxford and trained with Gaynor Walters in Devon before entering The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. In his graduation year he danced the Flower Festival at Genzano pas de deux. Kay's repertory with the Company includes Hans-Peter/Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Bronze Idol (La Bayadère), Kolia (A Month in the Country), Puck (The Dream), Alain (La Fille mal gardée), Bratfisch (Mayerling), Jester (Cinderella) and in Ceremony of Innocence. He created roles in Wayne McGregor’s Qualia, Infra, Acis and Galatea and Tetractys – The Art of Fugue, Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Kim Brandstrup’s Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story.

Kay is married to Royal Ballet First Artist Leanne Cope. Kay proposed onstage in 2010 during a performance of The Nutcracker, in which he was playing the title role opposite Cope as Clara.

Videos

News and features

Your reaction: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

Your reaction: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

1 June 2014

What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Mixed programme featuring works by Ashton, Marriott and Robbins?

Royal Ballet receives multiple nominations in National Dance Awards 2012

Royal Ballet receives multiple nominations in National Dance Awards 2012

12 November 2012

Dancers and choreographers nominated in annual awards.

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance presents trio of world premieres

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance presents trio of world premieres

30 October 2012

Members of The Royal Ballet to perform in one of the three works celebrating new choreographic talent.

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