American dancer Deirdre Chapman is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 2002 as a First Artist and was promoted to Soloist within three months of joining and to First Soloist in 2003. Her wide repertory with the Company includes Berthe (Giselle), Mitzi Caspar and Empress Elisabeth (Mayerling), Gamzatti (La Bayadère), Columbine (Pierrot Lunaire), Carabosse (The Sleeping Beauty), Pianist (The Lesson) and roles in Polyphonia, Symphony in C, La Valse, My Brother, My Sisters, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels).
Chapman was born in Minneapolis and began dancing at her mother's dance school. She trained in both ballet and contemporary at Minnesota Dance Theatre, Ballet Arts Minnesota and the San Francisco Ballet School. Chapman joined San Francisco Ballet in 1992 after graduating from high school and was promoted to soloist in 1997. The next year she moved to London and joined the then Rambert Dance Company, where she spent four years before moving to The Royal Ballet.
Chapman's role creations include Le Gelée in Bintley’s Les Saisons and roles in Christopher Bruce's Three Songs – Two Voices and Christopher Wheeldon's Electric Counterpoint.
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Chloe Davies, Deirdre Chapman and Vanessa Palmer in Les Noces © Dee Conway/ROH 2004
Deirdre Chapman in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011
Federico Bonelli, Zenaida Yanowsky, Isabel McMeekan and Deirdre Chapman in Apollo © ROH / Dee Conway 2007
Isabel McMeekan, Federico Bonelli, Deirdre Chapman and Zenaida Yanowsky in Apollo © ROH / Dee Conway 2007