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Matthew Ball

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

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

English dancer Matthew Ball is a Principal dancer 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, Soloist in 2016, First Soloist in 2017 and Principal dancer in 2018.

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, Prince Florimund and Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker), Lensky (Onegin), Lysander (The Dream), the Young Man (The Two Pigeons), Escamillo (Acosta’s Carmen), Officer (Anastasia), pas de six (Giselle) and in Symphonic Dances, Jewels, The Human Seasons, Woolf Works, Afternoon of a Faun, Carbon Life, Scènes de ballet and The Age of Anxiety. His role creations include Albert de Belleroche (Strapless) and in Connectome, Untouchable, Woolf Works, Obsidian Tear and Multiverse. In 2016 he was named Best Emerging Artist at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet live in cinemas?

11 June 2019
Your Reaction: What did you think of The Royal Ballet's <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> live in cinemas?

Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece was relayed live to cinemas around the world.

The Royal Ballet announces promotions for 2018/19 Season

13 July 2018
The Royal Ballet announces promotions for 2018/19 Season

Matthew Ball is promoted to Principal dancer, the highest rank in the Company.

Cast change: Matthew Ball to dance in Giselle on 9 March 2018

5 March 2018
Cast change: Matthew Ball to dance in <em>Giselle</em> on 9 March 2018

David Hallberg is replaced by Matthew Ball in the role of Albrecht.

Photos

Matthew Ball as Romeo and Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Matthew Ball as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Beliaev and Francesca Hayward as Vera in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez as Natalia Petrovna and Matthew Ball as Beliaev in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Prince Florimund and Yasmine Naghdi as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Princess Aurora and Matthew Ball as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Prince Florimund and artists of the Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell, Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Espada in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Christopher Saunders as Lorenzo, Gary Avis as Don Quixote, Matthew Ball as Basilio and Lauren Cuthbertson as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Gamache, Lauren Cuthbertson as Kitri and Matthew Ball as Basilio in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Kitri and Matthew Ball as Basilio in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

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

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball in rehearsal for La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball and Mayara Magri in rehearsal for La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Vera and Matthew Ball as Beliaev in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

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

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

Natalia Osipova as Odile and Matthew Ball as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Albrecht and Yasmine Naghdi as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball and William Bracewell in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet.

Matthew Ball as Albrecht and Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

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

Luca Acri, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae, Marcelino Sambé in rehearsals for Connectome

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

Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Wirt Roddy and Francesca Hayward as Letty Mason in The Wind, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Kitri and Matthew Ball as Basilio in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet