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Matthew Golding

Principal of The Royal Ballet


Canadian dancer Matthew Golding is a Principal with The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship and joined the Company as a Principal in February 2014. He appeared with the Company as a Guest Artist in the previous Season as Solor (La Bayadère), partnering Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky. Roles in the 2013/14 Season include Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty).

Golding was born in Saskatchewan and from the age of 14 trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, joining the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. aged 16. In 2002 he won the Youth America Grand Prix and a Prix de Lausanne scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School. On graduating in 2003 he joined American Ballet Theatre. In 2009 he joined Dutch National Ballet as a second soloist, promoted to principal in 2010, and continues to dance as a guest artist with the company. He makes regular guest appearances around the world with companies including the Mariinsky Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Teatro de Roma, English National Ballet and National Ballet of Canada, and at the Nureyev Ballet Festival and the Japan International Ballet Festival. Roles include Solor, Van Dantzig’s Romeo, Basilio (Ratmansky's Don Quixote) and Prince (Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker).

Golding's awards include the Zwan Prize (2010), the Alexandra Radius Prize (2011) and nominations for the Benois de la danse Prize (2012 and 2013).

Upcoming productions

  • Serenade

    Cast as Principal

    The music of Tchaikovsky is partnered with sublime choreography in one of Balanchine’s earliest and best-loved works.

  • The Dream

    Cast as Oberon

    Frederick Ashton’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic of The Royal Ballet.

  • Manon

    Cast as Des Grieux

    Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.

  • Don Quixote

    Cast as Basilio

    Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.

News and features

  1. Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

    Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

    Three new Principals and six Artists have joined the Company during 2013/14.

  2. The Male Virtuoso

    The Male Virtuoso

    A look at the development of the male dancer.

  3. Gallery: Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding’s ROH Magazine photoshoot

    Gallery: Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding’s ROH Magazine photoshoot

    A glimpse behind the scenes with The Royal Ballet’s newest Principals.

  4. Matthew Golding to join The Royal Ballet as a Principal

    Matthew Golding to join The Royal Ballet as a Principal

    Canadian dancer’s first performance will be in The Sleeping Beauty later this Season.

Most recent productions

  1. The Sleeping Beauty
  2. La Bayadère