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Ashley Dean

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

South African dancer Ashley Dean is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at English National Ballet School and graduated into The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme in 2014, entering the Company in 2015 and promoted to First Artist in 2019.

Dean started dancing at the age of five and trained at Cape Junior Ballet Company before joining English National Ballet School in 2011. Awards while a student included bronze medal at the 2011 Genée International Ballet Competition and the Royal Academy of Dance’s Solo Seal Award in 2013. While a student she performed with English National Ballet as Flower (Le Corsaire) and Snowflake (The Nutcracker) and with The Royal Ballet on tour in Manon in Moscow and Romeo and Juliet in Taipei.

Roles since joining The Royal Ballet have included White Cat (The Sleeping Beauty), Young Girl’s Friend (The Two Pigeons), Cygnets (Swan Lake) and in the world premieres of Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable and Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.

Photos

Ashley Dean in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Solomon Golding as Puss in Boots and Ashley Dean as the White Cat in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Ashley Dean and artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for La Bayadère, World Ballet Day 2018

Canto De Ossanha by Joshua Junker, International Draft Works

Gemma Pitchley-Gale, Romany Pajdak, Ashley Dean, Leticia Dias, Kristen McNally and Mayara Magri in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Ashley Dean as Coppélia in Coppélia, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for La Bayadère, World Ballet Day 2018

Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for La Bayadère, World Ballet Day 2018

World Ballet Day 2019, The Royal Ballet in Class

Ashley Dean and Aiden O'Brien in Everyone Keeps Me, The Royal Ballet

Ashley Dean and Aiden O’Brien in rehearsal with Pam Tanowitz, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb and Nicol Edmonds in Symphony in C, The Royal Ballet

Canto De Ossanha by Joshua Junker, International Draft Works

Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for Within the Golden Hour, The Royal Ballet

Ashley Dean. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

Harry Churches as Harlequin and Ashley Dean as Columbine in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Romany Pajdak, Leticia Dias, Kristen McNally, Ashley Dean, Gemma Pitchley-Gale and Mayara Magri in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Everyone Keeps Me, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal with Pam Tanowitz, The Royal Ballet

Ashley Dean and artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for La Bayadère, World Ballet Day 2018

Ashley Dean, Marcelino Sambé, Benjamin Ella, Kristen McNally and Tierney Heap rehearsing Hofesh Shecter