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Matthew Ball

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Matthew Ball in action.
Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow ©ROH, 2015. Photo by Andrej Uspenski

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

Ball joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11 and graduated through the School. Roles while a student included Fritz (The Nutcracker) with The Royal Ballet. He was twice a finalist at Young British Dancer of the Year in 2010 and 2011, in 2011 going on to win third prize. He was a semi-finalist at the Adeline Genée Competition in 2010. Other awards include at the School’s 2011 Lynn Seymour Competition and 2009 Kenneth MacMillan Senior Choreographic Competition. On graduation he received the Gailene Stock and Gary Norman Award for Excellence.

Ball’s roles with the Company include Lensky (Onegin) and in Scènes de ballet and The Age of Anxiety. He has created roles in Connectome, Untouchable and Woolf Works.

Videos

News and features

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.

Watch: Matthew Ball and Vadim Muntagirov on dancing the role of Lensky

Watch: Matthew Ball and Vadim Muntagirov on dancing the role of Lensky

5 February 2015

The Royal Ballet dancers discuss the contrasting character of Lensky and the technicality of the role in John Cranko's Onegin.

The myths behind the ballets: A quick guide to Sampling the Myth

The myths behind the ballets: A quick guide to Sampling the Myth

28 August 2014

Dance has long been inspired by myths and folk tales, with Deloitte Ignite offering extracts of classics and new works on one bill.

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