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James Hay

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

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

English dancer James Hay is a Soloist with 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, and in the 2012/13 Season created a role in Wheeldon's Aeternum and Hansel in Scarlett's Hansel and Gretel.

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 later progressed through the School and graduated into the Company. While a student, he received the Young British Dancer of the Year Award in 2006 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 Hans-Peter/Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Bratfisch (Mayerling), Fool (The Prince of the Pagodas), Jester (Cinderella), Puck (The Dream), Beggar Chief (Manon), Benvolio and Lead Mandolin (Romeo and Juliet), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty) and Texan Kangaroo Rat (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café).

Hay has also created roles in Asphodel Meadows, Sweet Violets and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for the Company.

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News and features

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale

3 April 2014

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



Watch: Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal

Watch: Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal

15 February 2013

Look under the bonnet of two new ballets with their choreographers and members of The Royal Ballet.

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.

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