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Olivia Cowley

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Olivia Cowley in action.
Olivia Cowley in Apollo, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

English dancer Olivia Cowley is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2009 and Soloist in 2013. She has created numerous roles for Wayne McGregor, including Raven (Raven Girl) and roles in Carbon Life, Acis and Galatea and .

Cowley was born in Aylesbury. She began her training aged eight with Nicola Bowden as a junior associate of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts . She joined The Royal Ballet Upper School aged 16. Her repertory since joining the Company has included Summer Fairy (Cinderella), Second Courtesan (Manon), Fairy of the Crystal Fountain (The Sleeping Beauty), Street Girl (Carmen), Calliope (Apollo), Harlot (Romeo and Juliet), Arabian Princess and Lead Flower (The Nutcracker), Helena (The Dream), Lead Waltz (Swan Lake), Green Girl (Coppélia), Lead Sylph (La Sylphide), Natasha (Winter Dreams), Lead d’Jampée (La Bayadère), Whore (The Rake’s Progress), Moyna (Giselle) and roles in Qualia, Rhapsody, Agon, Serenade, Symphony in C, Chroma, L’Invitation au Voyage, Limen and Tetractys – The Art of Fugue. She has created roles in Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets and Jonathan Watkins's As One.

Work away from the Company includes appearing in Nicholas Hytner's production of Timon of Athens at the National Theatre in 2012. Over the 2012/13 Season Cowley used social media to further understanding of life in the corps de ballet with the Twitter hashtag #adayinthelifeofacorpsballerina.

Videos

News and features

What do Royal Ballet dancers do on their summer break?

What do Royal Ballet dancers do on their summer break?

5 August 2012

As the curtain closes on another season, we find out what ballet dancers do to relax and unwind.

Royal Ballet body products range launches

Royal Ballet body products range launches

17 October 2011

Berkeley Square Cosmetics develop body product range in conjunction with The Royal Ballet

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