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James Hay

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet


James Hay in action.
James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Helen Maybanks

English dancer James Hay is a First 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, Soloist in 2012 and First Soloist in 2015. 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. Further awards include the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 Erik Bruhn Prize. His repertory with the Company includes lead man in Rhapsody, Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Young Man (The Two Pigeons), Hans-Peter/Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Lewis Carrol/The White Rabbit (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Florizel (The Winter’s Tale), Henry Clerval (Frankenstein), Bratfisch (Mayerling), Alain (La Fille mal gardée), Kshchessinska’s Partner (Anastasia), 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), lead pas de six (Giselle), Texan Kangaroo Rat (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café), Kolia (A Month in the Country) and roles in Multiverse, Obsidian Tear, Woolf Works and Monotones I.

Hay’s role creations include in Asphodel Meadows, Sweet Violets, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Untouchable.


News and features

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

Cast changes: The Nutcracker on 9 January 2017

6 January 2017

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

Watch: Learn the steps of The Royal Ballet's daily class

Watch: Learn the steps of The Royal Ballet's daily class

28 September 2016

Learn five exercises with members of The Royal Ballet in preparation for our live class during World Ballet Day on 4 October 2016.

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

29 June 2015

Details of Company changes for the upcoming Season have been announced.