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Matthew Ball

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Matthew Ball in action.
Matthew Ball as Romeo and Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Alice Pennefather

English dancer Matthew Ball is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company during the 2013/14 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2015.

Ball was born in Liverpool. He joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11 and graduated through the School. Roles while a student included Fritz (The Nutcracker) with The Royal Ballet. Awards as a student include at the School’s 2011 Lynn Seymour Competition, the 2009 Kenneth MacMillan Senior Choreographic Competition and the Gailene Stock and Gary Norman Award for Excellence.

Ball’s roles with the Company include Romeo, Lensky (Onegin), the Young Man (The Two Pigeons), Escamillo (Carmen), pas de six (Giselle) and in Afternoon of a Faun, Scènes de ballet and The Age of Anxiety. His role creations include Albert de Belleroche (Strapless) and in Connectome, Untouchable and Woolf Works. In 2016 he was named Best Emerging Artist at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Videos

News and features

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

15 April 2016

Shakespeare Day insights event focuses on operas and ballets inspired by the playwright's work, including The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet and Otello.

Royal Ballet artists triumph at National Dance Awards for 2015

Royal Ballet artists triumph at National Dance Awards for 2015

25 January 2016

Winners include Wayne McGregor, Vadim Muntagirov, Laura Morera and Matthew Ball.

National Dance Awards 2015 nominations announced

National Dance Awards 2015 nominations announced

30 October 2015

Royal Ballet dancers and choreographers are nominated for 14 awards this year.

Photos

Natalia Osipova and Federico Bonelli in Strapless

Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Nicol Edmonds, Calvin Richardson, Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball, Edward Watson and Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Wayne McGregor and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball

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

Members of The Royal Ballet including Matthew Ball, Solomon Golding and Calvin Richardson rehearsing Hofesh Shecter

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Jacqueline Clark and Matthew Ball in Sander Blommaert’s Les Deux, Comme Un, Draft Works

Matthew Ball in Connectome, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Lensky and Yasmine Naghdi as Olga in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson and Steven McRae with Matthew Ball, Tomas Mock, Luca Acri, Marcelino Sambe in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Wayne McGregor, Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

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Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow

Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's 'Burrow'

Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tea, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson, Wayne McGregor and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball and Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Matthew Ball, Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in Strapless

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Ball in Strapless

Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball, Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Tomas Mock, Marcelino Sambé, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Matthew Ball as Romeo and Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Lensky and Yasmine Naghdi as Olga in Onegin

Matthew Ball in Calvin Richardson's version of The Dying Swan at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Edward Watson in Strapless