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Helen Crawford

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Helen Crawford in action.
Helen Crawford in Giselle, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011

English dancer Helen Crawford is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company in 1999, promoted to First Artist in 2003, Soloist in 2008 and First Soloist in 2009. Her roles with the Company include Olga (Onegin), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty), Fairy Winter (Cinderella), Myrtha (Giselle), Lescaut’s Mistress and Courtesan (Manon), Harlot (Romeo and Juliet), Vivandière Doll and Rose Fairy (The Nutcracker), in Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan and roles in La Valse, Scènes de ballet, Tryst, Qualia, Tales of Beatrix Potter, Requiem, Ondine, Agon, Les Sylphides, La Valse and Theme and Variations.

Crawford was born in Ipswich and trained at the Linda Shipton School of Ballet before joining The Royal Ballet Lower School. While at the School she danced Clara (The Nutcracker) with the Company in 1993 and solo roles in Raymonda Act III and La Bayadère in the School's annual matinees.

Crawford has created roles in several new works, including Qualia and 'Diana and Actaeon' (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012).

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