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Anna Rose O'Sullivan

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet


English dancer Anna Rose O’Sullivan is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company in December 2012 as an Artist, promoted to First Artist in 2016, Soloist in 2017 and First Soloist 2019.

O’Sullivan was born in Harrow and began dancing aged two, training locally before joining The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. Early performances included the lead role of Sara Crewe in A Little Princess for London Children’s Ballet and Cosette (Les Misérables) and in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the West End. Roles at the School included a Principal role in Alastair Marriott’s Simple Symphony, pas de deux (Don Quixote) at La Fenice, Venice, and pas de deux (Rhapsody) at Buckingham Palace. Awards include the April Olrich Award for Dynamic Performance and the Phyllis Bedells Bursary (Royal Academy of Dance). In 2010 she reached the finals in the Genée International Ballet Competition and in 2011 won The Royal Ballet School Achievement Award, the Director’s Prize for most promising student and Young British Dancer of the Year.

O’Sullivan’s roles with the Company have included Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty) , Swanilda (Coppélia), 1st Movement (Concerto), Dorabella (Enigma Variations), Alice (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Clara (The Nutcracker), Juliet, Amour (Don Quixote), pas de six and Moyna (Giselle), Princess Florine, Florestan’s Sister, Fairy of the Golden Vine, Fairy of the Song Bird and White Cat (The Sleeping Beauty), Neapolitan, Cygnet and pas de trois (Swan Lake), Princess Louise and Princess Stephanie (Mayerling), Vera (Month in the Country), Florence Billington (The Unknown Soldier), Blue Girl (Les Patineurs), Symphony in C, 4th Movement and roles in Infra, ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels), After the Rain, Carbon Life, Within the Golden Hour, La Bayadère, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux and Tarantella. She created roles in Multiverse, Woolf Works and Symphonic Dances.