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Anna Rose O’Sullivan

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Anna Rose O’Sullivan in action.
Anna Rose O'Sullivan in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

English dancer Anna Rose O’Sullivan is a First Artist 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.

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 Clara (The Nutcracker), Amour (Don Quixote), Cygnet and pas de trois (Swan Lake) and roles in Within the Golden Hour, Symphony in C, La Bayadère, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Nutcracker. She created a role in Woolf Works.

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News and features

#BalletBeauty InstaMeet: Exclusive pictures inside the Royal Ballet dressing rooms

#BalletBeauty InstaMeet: Exclusive pictures inside the Royal Ballet dressing rooms

2 June 2016

Six Instagrammers and make-up artists spent time with dancers of The Royal Ballet to capture their getting-ready routines.

Watch: Anna Rose O’Sullivan on her debut in <em>The Nutcracker</em>

Watch: Anna Rose O’Sullivan on her debut in The Nutcracker

22 December 2015

The Artist of The Royal Ballet dances the role of Clara for the first time this Season.

Two Royal Ballet School graduates join The Royal Ballet

Two Royal Ballet School graduates join The Royal Ballet

23 November 2012

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Marcelino Sambé join the Company as Artists.

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