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.
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Sarah Lamb and Paul Kay in rehearsal for Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2014
Paul Kay, Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014
Francesca Hayward and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013
Paul Kay in rehearsals with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance © Chris Shipman/ROH
Iohna Loots and Paul Kay in The Sleeping Beauty © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011
Paul Kay in Infra © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010
Akane Takada, Yuhui Choe and Paul Kay in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010
Paul Kay in Cinderella, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2010
Paul Kay, Iohna Loots and artists of The Royal Ballet in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2010
Paul Kay as Blue Boy in Les Patineurs. © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2009