Cory Stearns is a principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School on a full scholarship after winning the Youth America Grand Prix aged 15. He made his Royal Ballet debut in the 2013/14 Season as Prince (The Nutcracker.
Stearns was born in Long Island, New York, and began his classical training aged five at Seiskaya Ballet under Madama Valia Seiskaya. Aged 15 he won a full scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School, where he won the Dame Ruth Railton Award in both 2003 and 2004. On graduating he joined the ABT Studio Company and after a few months was accepted into ABT as an apprentice, joining the corps in January 2006. He was promoted to soloist in 2009 and principal dancer in 2011. His first major role with ABT was Conrad (Le Corsaire) in 2008, and roles since have included Solor (La Bayadère), Oberon (The Dream), Basilio and Espada (Don Quixote), Onegin, Romeo, Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), James (La Sylphide) and the Prince (Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker).
Awards include the 2009 Erik Bruhn Prize for best male dancer. In his last year at The Royal Ballet School Sterans appeared in Kylie Minogue’s music video for Chocolate.