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Reece Clarke

First Artist of The Royal Ballet


Reece Clarke in action.
Reece Clarke as Dr Samuel-John Pozzi in Strapless, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Scottish dancer Reece Clarke is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company during the 2013/14 Season, and was promoted to First Artist in 2016.

Clarke grew up in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire. He and his three elder brothers trained at the Janis Ridley School of Dance in Scotland before joining The Royal Ballet School. Reece entered White Lodge in 2006 – the first time in the School’s history that four boys from the same family have all trained at the School. Awards while at the School included the Young British Dancer of the Year in 2012, for which he performed extracts from La Bayadère and The Sleeping Beauty, the Lynn Seymour Competition in his second year and an award from the Ballet Association. Awards since joining the Company have included the Emerging Artist Award at the 2016 National Dance Awards.

Clarke’s appearances with the Company have included Prince Florimund and Florestan (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker), Principal roles in Symphonic Variations and After the Rain, Dr Samuel-Jean Pozzi (Strapless), Antigonus (The Winter’s Tale), Officer (Anastasia) and in Obsidian Tear and Carbon Life. He created a role in Charlotte Edmonds’s Meta.

News and features

Cast change: <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> on 22 February 2017

Cast change: The Sleeping Beauty on 22 February 2017

22 February 2017

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball to dance this evening replacing Lauren Cuthbertson and Reece Clarke.

The Royal Ballet honoured at the National Dance Awards 2017

The Royal Ballet honoured at the National Dance Awards 2017

6 February 2017

Winners include Francesca Hayward, Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky.

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.