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James Hay

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

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 The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels), Multiverse, Obsidian Tear, Woolf Works and Monotones I.

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

Videos

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.

Photos

James Hay as the Young Man and Mayara Magri as the Gypsy Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and James Hay in The Winter's Tale

James Hay & Zenaida Yanowsky in Symphonic Dances

James Hay and Romany Pajdak in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and James Hay in Polyphonia

Helen Crawford, James Hay and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in ‘Emeralds’ from Jewels, The Royal Ballet

Campaign image for the Royal Opera House Winter Season 2016/17. Renée Fleming, Alexander Campbell and James Hay. Image by AKA

James Hay in morning class as part of World Ballet Day

Francesca Hayward and James Hay in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody

Francesca Hayward and James Hay in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody

James Hay rehearsing Hofesh Shecter

James Hay in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward, James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

James Hay in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as the Young Girl and James Hay as the Young Man in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

James Hay in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody

James Hay in 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café

Yasmine Naghdi and James Hay in Polyphonia

James Hay as Hansel, Leanne Cope as Gretel, Brian Maloney as The Wtich and Steven McRae as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel

James Hay & Zenaida Yanowsky in Symphonic Dances

James Hay in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and James Hay in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

James Hay

James Hay, Valentino Zucchetti and Dawid Trzensimiech in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

James Hay

Luca Acri, James Hay, Matthew Ball and artists of The Royal Ballet in Untouchable

James Hay as Hansel and Leanne Cope as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel