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Nehemiah Kish

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Nehemiah Kish joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal in 2010. His notable roles with the Company include the Prince (Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Prince of the Pagodas), Solor (La Bayadère), Des Grieux (Manon), and principal roles in Gloria and 'Diamonds' in Jewels.

Kish was born in Michigan and came to ballet after training first in gymnastics and jazz dance. He joined the National Ballet of Canada School aged 13, graduating into the company in 2001. He was promoted to principal in 2005. In 2008 Kish joined Royal Danish Ballet as a principal, where his repertory included Onegin, Romeo, Apollo, Basilio (Don Quixote) and James (Bournonville's La Sylphide). Monica Mason invited him to join The Royal Ballet after seeing Kish dance in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Kish's first performances with the Company were in a triple bill of La Valse, Winter Dreams and Theme and Variations. As well as dancing the classical roles, he has created roles in Alastair Marriott and Christopher Wheeldon's 'Trespass' in Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 and in Wheeldon's Aeternum.

Videos

News and features

The Male Virtuoso

The Male Virtuoso

7 February 2014

A look at the development of the male dancer.

Watch: Nehemiah Kish on La Bayadère

Watch: Nehemiah Kish on La Bayadère

9 April 2013

The American Royal Ballet Principal on the challenges of the role, and working with Natalia Makarova.

Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

24 January 2013

Fashion, dance and photography brought together in works by Rick Guest.

Watch: The Nutcracker in rehearsal

Watch: The Nutcracker in rehearsal

4 December 2012

Jonathan Cope and Lesley Collier coach Fumi Kaneko and Nehemiah Kish in the Sugar Plum Fairy pas de deux.

Balletic climax to London 2012 Closing Ceremony

Balletic climax to London 2012 Closing Ceremony

13 August 2012

Darcey Bussell joins Royal Ballet Principals and 200-strong ensemble for finale.

Metamorphosis Titian 2012: Abstraction, Symbol and Feeling

Metamorphosis Titian 2012: Abstraction, Symbol and Feeling

16 July 2012

The Ballet Bag look at how the three creative teams involved have reflected Titian's paintings in different ways.