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James Hay

Soloist of The Royal Ballet


James Hay in action.
James Hay in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

English dancer James Hay is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and entered the Company on graduation in 2008, promoted to First Artist in 2011 and Soloist in 2012. He has created a number of roles with the Company, including Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) and in Aeternum.

Hay was born in Berkshire and began his training at the Linda Butler School of Dance. He joined The Royal Ballet School as a junior associate aged eight and went on to graduate through the School. As a student he won the 2006 Young British Dancer of the Year Award and the Lynn Seymour Award for expressive dance in 2007, that year also becoming a Prix de Lausanne prizewinner. On his graduation he was awarded the Dame Ninette de Valois Award for Most Outstanding Graduate. His repertory with the Company includes lead male Rhapsody, Hans-Peter/Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Lewis Carrol/The White Rabbit (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Bratfisch (Mayerling), Alain (La Fille mal gardée), Fool (The Prince of the Pagodas), Jester (Cinderella), Puck (The Dream), Beggar Chief (Manon), Benvolio and Lead Mandolin (Romeo and Juliet), Bluebird and Florestan (The Sleeping Beauty), Texan Kangaroo Rat (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café), Kolia (A Month in the Country) and in Woolf Works.

Hay's other roles creations include in Asphodel Meadows, Sweet Violets, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Untouchable.


News and features

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

3 April 2014

Christopher Wheeldon's new work is The Royal Ballet’s first full-length Shakespeare adaptation for almost 50 years.

James Hay wins Audience Choice Award at Erik Bruhn Prize

James Hay wins Audience Choice Award at Erik Bruhn Prize

30 November 2012

Royal Ballet Soloist receives award at National Ballet of Canada Competition.