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Leanne Cope

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Leanne Cope in action.
Leanne Cope in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2010

English dancer Leanne Cope is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2009. She has created several roles for the Company and has built a particularly strong relationship with Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, who has described her as having ‘a presence on stage like no other’. Cope's role creations for Scarlett include Emily Dimmock and Annie E. Crook (Sweet Violets) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). She has also created roles in Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Jonathan Watkins's As One, Will Tuckett’s Timecode and works by Scarlett, Watkins and Samantha Raine in The Royal Ballet's Draft Works. In the 2014/15 Season she takes a sabbatical from the Company to create the role of Lise Dassin in Wheeldon's An American in Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet and Broadway).

Cope was born in Bath and began dancing at the age of five. She trained at The Dorothy Colebourne School of Dance before joining The Royal Ballet Lower School at the age of 11. Her repertory with the Company has included Clara (The Nutcracker), Princess Louise (Mayerling), pas de six (Giselle), White Cat and Red Riding Hood (The Sleeping Beauty), Mustard Seed (The Dream) and roles in Asphodel Meadows, Concerto, Song of the Earth, Sensorium, Four Temperaments and ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Cafe.

Cope is married to Royal Ballet Soloist Paul Kay, who proposed to her on stage during a performance of The Nutcracker.

Videos

News and features

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

3 July 2014

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

Watch: Autumn Season film starring Royal Ballet dancers and the Minotaur

Watch: Autumn Season film starring Royal Ballet dancers and the Minotaur

13 September 2012

Take a look at our new promo film prior to curtain up on the 2012/13 Autumn Season.

Watch: How pointe shoes are made

Watch: How pointe shoes are made

18 July 2012

Tour the Freed shoe factory with Royal Ballet dancers Leanne Cope and Nathalie Harrison.

Festive treats 2011: The Nutcracker

Festive treats 2011: The Nutcracker

7 December 2011

We take a look at the most festive of ballets, including a trio of insightful videos.

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