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Claire Calvert

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Claire Calvert in action.
Claire Calvert as Hermione in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

English dancer Claire Calvert is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2007, promoted to First Artist in 2010, Soloist in 2012 and First Soloist in 2016.

Calvert was born in Bath and began dancing aged three. She joined The Royal Ballet Lower School aged 11 and in her graduation year danced lead roles in Raymonda Act III and Jabula. Calvert made her Principal role debut as the Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty) while still an Artist in 2009. Other roles include Hermione (The Winter’s Tale), Sugar Plum Fairy and Rose Fairy (The Nutcracker), Gamzatti (La Bayadère), Mother/Queen of Hearts (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Gypsy Girl (The Two Pigeons), Hermia (The Dream), Myrtha and Zulme (Giselle), Mitzi Caspar (Mayerling), Olga (Anastasia), Harlot (Romeo and Juliet), Winter Fairy (Cinderella), Lescaut’s Mistress (Manon), Mercedes (Don Quixote), the third movement of Concerto and in The Human Seasons, Aeternum, After the Rain and Carbon Life.

Role creations include Charlotte Edmonds’s dance film The Indifferent Beak for Deloitte Ignite 14.

Videos

News and features

'You could call it perfection': The Royal Ballet on what makes <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> so enchanting

'You could call it perfection': The Royal Ballet on what makes The Sleeping Beauty so enchanting

13 March 2017

Cast and the creatives behind the fairy-tale, including Former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason, reveal what it takes to perform the classic ballet.

How the Lilac Fairy tells a story through mime in <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em>

How the Lilac Fairy tells a story through mime in The Sleeping Beauty

2 March 2017

Former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and First Soloist Claire Calvert explore one of classical dance's most charming roles with Darcey Bussell.

Watch: How The Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

Watch: How The Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

22 November 2016

Sewing, cutting, customizing and rehearsing: a lengthy process of preparation keeps our dancers on their toes.

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