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Leo Dixon

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

British dancer Leo Dixon is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and in 2015 graduated into The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme, going on to join the Company as an Artist in 2016, promoted to First Artist in 2019. In the 2019/20 Season, along with his Royal Ballet commitments, he performs Tadzio (Death in Venice) for The Royal Opera.

Dixon was born in Bristol and grew up in Plymouth. He began dancing aged three, training locally with Linda Mortimore and Ryan Moore and as a Royal Ballet Junior Associate. He trained at Elmhurst School for Dance from the age of 11 and aged 16 joined The Royal Ballet Upper School. While at the School Dixon’s roles included the pas de quatre (Raymonda) and in Rush at the School’s annual matinee. Further performances include Kenneth MacMillan’s Solitaire pas de deux at Gailene Stock’s memorial service.

In the Company he has created roles in Wheeldon’s Corybantic Games, Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, Arthur Pita’s The Wind and Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein. Other roles include Chinese dance and Trepak in The Nutcracker, ‘Rubies’ and ‘Diamonds’ in Jewels, Gardener in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Mayerling, Symphonic Dances, The Dream, The Judas Tree, La Fille mal gardée, Elite Syncopations and The Winter’s Tale. He has also danced in Hofesh Schecter’s Untouchable and Twyla Tharp’s The Illustrated ‘Farewell’.

News and features

Dancers photographed from the top of The Savoy Hotel

17 April 2018
Dancers photographed from the top of The Savoy Hotel

Royal Ballet dancers Charlotte Tonkinson and Leo Dixon were captured alongside London's iconic skyline.

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016
Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.

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

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

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

Photos

Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara and Leo Dixon as her partner in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Leo Dixon as the Telegraph Boy in The Unknown Soldier, The Royal Ballet

Production photo of Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio and Mark Padmore as Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio in rehearsal for Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Alexander Whitley, Leo Dixon and Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Leo Dixon, Leticia Stock and Joseph Sissens in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Leo Dixon and Sae Maeda in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

Zoha by Hannah Grennell, International Draft Works

Leo Dixon as Tadzio and Mark Padmore as Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Elizabeth McGorian as the Lady of the Pearls, Leo Dixon as Tadzio and Mark Padmore as Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio and Mark Padmore as Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Tim Mead as Apollo and Leo Dixon as Tadzio in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio and Elizabeth McGorian as the Lady of the Pearls in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon and Lynne Page in rehearsal for Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio in rehearsal for Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as William Meath Baker in Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet in class, World Ballet Day 2018

Sander Blommaert, Luca Acri, Leo Dixon, Téo Dubreuil, Benjamin Ella and David Yudes in Valentino Zucchetti's Alpha, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

Leo Dixon, Lara Turk and David Donnelly in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Leo Dixon as Tadzio in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Tim Mead as Apollo, Leo Dixon as Tadzio and Mark Padmore as Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio and Mathew Prichard as Russian boy in rehearsal for Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon in morning class during World Ballet Day

Leo Dixon, Benjamin Ella, Luca Acri, Téo Dubreuil, Sander Blommaert and David Yudes in Valentino Zucchetti's Alpha, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

David Donnelly and Leo Dixon in Calvin Richardson's Untitled, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara with Leo Dixon and Luca Acri in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Leo Dixon as the Telegraph Boy in The Unknown Soldier, The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet in class, World Ballet Day 2018

Production photo of Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Leo Dixon as Tadzio in Death in Venice, The Royal Opera