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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

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

Videos

News and features

The road to becoming a ballerina

The road to becoming a ballerina

6 March 2015

Through all the step-learning and technique finessing, there's one constant – the ever-present and ever-important footwear.

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.

Posts by Nathalie Harrison

The Royal Ballet’s 2014 tour: Stop #3 – China

The Royal Ballet’s 2014 tour: Stop #3 – China

11 July 2014

First Artist Nathalie Harrison on negotiating Shanghai, performing Dulcinea in Don Quixote and cutting the Taglioni cake.

The Royal Ballet's 2014 Tour: Stop #2 – Taiwan

The Royal Ballet's 2014 Tour: Stop #2 – Taiwan

2 July 2014

First Artist Nathalie Harrison on bringing a slice of Shakespeare to Taipei, working with local actors, and unusual breakfasts.

The Royal Ballet's 2014 Tour: Stop #1 - Russia

The Royal Ballet's 2014 Tour: Stop #1 - Russia

26 June 2014

First Artist Nathalie Harrison on her second Moscow tour, performing in 'balletic Mecca', and the aroma of Manon's sets.

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