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Emma Maguire

Former Royal Ballet dancer


Emma Maguire in action.
Emma Maguire in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012

English dancer Emma Maguire is a former Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2002. She was promoted to First Artist in 2007 and Soloist in 2011. She left the company in 2019.

Maguire was born in Leeds and joined The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, aged 11. In her final year she won the Paul Clarke Award and bronze medal at the Adeline Genée Awards. Her repertory with the Company includes Princess Stephanie (Mayerling), Vera (A Month in the Country), Marie (Anastasia), Amour and Kitri’s Friend (Don Quixote), Clara and the Rose Fairy (The Nutcracker), Blue Girl (Les Patineurs), Hunca Munca (Tales of Beatrix Potter), Fairy of the Golden Vine and Countess (The Sleeping Beauty), Fairy Spring (Cinderella) and Great Auk (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café).

Maguire has created a number of roles for the Company, including Little Dot (Sweet Violets) and roles in Les Saisons and Asphodel Meadows.

News and features

Cast changes: The Nutcracker on 9 January 2017

6 January 2017
Cast changes: <em>The Nutcracker</em> on 9 January 2017

Cast changes for the roles of Clara and Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker have been announced.

Behind the scenes at the Woolf Works world premiere

3 June 2015
Behind the scenes at the <em>Woolf Works</em> world premiere

The Student Ambassadors teamed up with the UK’s largest university dance competition to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go behind the scenes at a ballet world premiere.

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015
International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.