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Nathalie Harrison

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Nathalie Harrison in action.
Nathalie Harrison and Eric Underwood in Agon, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2009

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 DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Elite Syncopations, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, Mayerling, The Firebird, Gloria, Les Sylphides, The Rite of Spring, La Fille mal gardée, Requiem, Apollo, Jewels, Symphony in C, Serenade and Ballo della regina.

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 and providing dance demonstrations for Darcey Bussell's Ballerina Heroines on BBC2.

Videos

News and features

World Ballet Day challenge: Send us your pirouette videos

World Ballet Day challenge: Send us your pirouette videos

23 September 2014

Send us your attempts at a spin in an interesting location and you could be part of the online stream on 1 October 2014.

Watch: Aakash Odedra rehearses his new piece with Royal Ballet dancers for Deloitte Ignite 2014

Watch: Aakash Odedra rehearses his new piece with Royal Ballet dancers for Deloitte Ignite 2014

7 August 2014

Design will feature collaboration with Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili, who will paint directly onto dancers.

Watch: Behind the scenes on Giselle

Watch: Behind the scenes on Giselle

27 January 2014

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

The Royal Ballet in Japan #2: Swapping caterpillars for tutus

The Royal Ballet in Japan #2: Swapping caterpillars for tutus

10 July 2013

First Artist Nathalie Harrison on coping with scorching temperatures, preparing for the gala performance and soaking up Japanese culture.

The Royal Ballet in Japan #1: Rehearsals, relaxation and a troupe of hedgehogs

The Royal Ballet in Japan #1: Rehearsals, relaxation and a troupe of hedgehogs

5 July 2013

First Artist Nathalie Harrison on preparations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Draft Works 2013: A chance for dancers to play with movement

Draft Works 2013: A chance for dancers to play with movement

23 April 2013

First Artist Nathalie Harrison on swapping performing for choreographing.

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