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Matthew Ball

Soloist 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 Soloist 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 and to Soloist in 2016.

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

Cast change: <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> on 22 February 2017

Cast change: The Sleeping Beauty on 22 February 2017

22 February 2017

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball to dance this evening replacing Lauren Cuthbertson and Reece Clarke.

Watch: <em>Woolf Works </em>Insight 2017

Watch: Woolf Works Insight 2017

11 January 2017

Find out how Wayne McGregor adapted Virginia Woolf's writings for ballet, and get a closer look at the choreography.

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016

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

Photos

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

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

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

Yasmine Nagdhi and Matthew Ball in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

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

Matthew Ball in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

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

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in Strapless

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Ball in Strapless

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

Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow

Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's 'Burrow'

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

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

Natalia Osipova & Matthew Ball in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

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

Matthew Ball in Connectome, The Royal Ballet

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

Matthew Ball

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

Natalia Osipova as Amélie Gautreau and Matthew Ball as Albert de Belleroche in Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball