English dancer Nathalie Harrison is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2009. She has created several roles for the Company, including in Sensorium and ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), and in 2013 completed a course in Ballet Education Practice at the Royal Opera House.
Harrison was born in London. She joined The Royal Ballet School as a Junior Associate and went on to graduate through the School. While at the School she won silver medal at the 2002 Genée International Ballet Competition. Harrison’s repertory with the Company includes Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Dulcinea (Don Quixote), Bathilde (Giselle), pas de deux (Agon), Winter Fairy (Cinderella), red girl (Les Patineurs) and roles in Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Elite Syncopations, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, Mayerling and The Age of Anxiety.
As a choreographer Harrison has created a piece for The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works. Away from the Company her work includes appearing in Nicholas Hytner’s 2012 production of Timon of Athens at the National Theatre, in Sister Grimm’s Voices of the Amazon at Sadler’s Wells and providing dance demonstrations for Darcey Bussell’s Ballerina Heroines on BBC2.
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First Artist Nathalie Harrison on negotiating Shanghai, performing Dulcinea in Don Quixote and cutting the Taglioni cake.
First Artist Nathalie Harrison on bringing a slice of Shakespeare to Taipei, working with local actors, and unusual breakfasts.
First Artist Nathalie Harrison on her second Moscow tour, performing in 'balletic Mecca', and the aroma of Manon's sets.
Nathalie Harrison and Eric Underwood in Agon
Nathalie Harrison, Samantha Raine and Anna Trevien in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet
Nathalie Harrison and Eric Underwood in Agon, The Royal Ballet
Ryoichi Hirano and Nathalie Harrison in The Dream
Ryoichi Hirano and Nathalie Harrison in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,
First Artist Nathalie Harrison supporting The Royal Ballet's Pointe Shoes Appeal