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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) and in Afternoon of a Faun, Scènes de ballet and The Age of Anxiety. He has created roles 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

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.

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

2 October 2015

Five hours of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes insights from The Royal Ballet.

Photos

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

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

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

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

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Matthew Ball

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

Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow

Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's 'Burrow'

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

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

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

Matthew Ball in Connectome, The Royal Ballet

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

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

Matthew Ball