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Kristen McNally

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Kristen McNally in action.
Kristen McNally in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

English dancer and choreographer Kristen McNally is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2007 and Soloist in 2009. She regularly choreographs for Draft Works, with works such as Yes we did and Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game. Further choreography includes Metheus for BalletBoyz the TALENT in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

McNally was born in Liverpool and trained locally with Elizabeth Hill before joining The Royal Ballet Upper School. Her repertory with the Company has included Empress Elisabeth (Mayerling), Madame (Manon), ‘M’ (Carmen), Carabosse (The Sleeping Beauty), Anna II (Seven Deadly Sins), lead Harlot (Romeo and Juliet), Pianist (The Lesson), Cook (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Stepmother (Hansel and Gretel) and roles in Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story, Tryst, Symphony in C and Ceremony of Innocence. Roles creations include in Jonathan Watkins's As One and Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable.

In McNally's work with the Learning and Participation department of the Royal Opera House she has choreographed for Chance for Dance and co-presented The Royal Ballet Live streamed event with George Lamb.

Videos

News and features

Royal Ballet dancer appears alongside award-winning actor Ruth Wilson in film installation

Royal Ballet dancer appears alongside award-winning actor Ruth Wilson in film installation

13 April 2015

Eleanor includes choreography by Kristen McNally and features Royal Ballet dancer Romany Pajdak.

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

Watch: Kristen McNally rehearses her new dance piece for Deloitte Ignite 2014

Watch: Kristen McNally rehearses her new dance piece for Deloitte Ignite 2014

30 July 2014

Kristen will open up her creative process with free-to-watch rehearsals with BalletBoyz theTALENT at this year's festival.

Photos

Will Tuckett and Kristen McNally in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Ashley Scott, Marcelino Sambé, Benjamin Ella, Kristen McNally and Tierney Heap rehearsing Hofesh Shecter

Dawid Trzensimiech at the Ralph Lauren Young Friend Insider event

Kristen McNally, Dawid Trzensimiech and Charlie Davies at the Young Friends Insider event hosted by Ralph Lauren

Kristen McNally presenting The Royal Ballet's live-stream as part of World Ballet Day, 2014

Kristen McNally presenting The Royal Ballet's live-stream as part of World Ballet Day, 2014

Kristen McNally and George Lamb presenting The Royal Ballet's live-stream as part of World Ballet Day, 2014

Kristen McNally rehearses with Balletboyz at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Kristen McNally rehearses with Balletboyz at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Kristen McNally rehearses with Balletboyz at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Kristen McNally in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Dawid Trzensimiech, Kristen McNally and Charlie Davies

Kristen McNally and Charlie Davies at the Ralph Lauren Young Friend Insider event

Robert Clark as the pianist, Lauren Cuthbertson as The Ballerina and Kristen McNally as the Angry Lady in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Kristen McNally presenting The Royal Ballet's live-stream as part of World Ballet Day, 2014

Genesia Rosato, Yasmine Naghdi and Kristen McNally in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Kristen McNally as Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty.

Ralph Lauren store in Covent Garden

Kristen McNally

Kristen McNally and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty

Chance to Dance children with Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally

Philip Mosley as Widow Simone and Francesca Filpi, Samantha Raine, Vanessa Fenton and Kristen McNally as Clog dancers in La Fille Mal Gardee