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Steven McRae

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Steven McRae in action.
Steven McRae in 'Melancholic', The Four Temperaments, The Royal Ballet © ROH 2015. Photographed by Tristram Kenton

Australian dancer Steven McRae is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined The Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship in 2003. He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to First Artist in 2005, Soloist in 2006, First Soloist in 2008 and Principal in 2009. His classical and dramatic roles with the Company include Romeo, Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker and Cinderella), the Chosen One (The Rite of Spring) and Colas (La Fille mal gardée). McRae has created roles for Kim Brandstrup, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon, among others.

McRae was born and raised in Sydney. His father was a drag racer and McRae shares his passion for motor racing. He began dancing at the age of seven after becoming interested in his older sister’s dance classes. McRae performs tap alongside ballet, a dual ability he displayed in his Prix de Lausanne entry and often used by choreographers in new roles created on McRae, such as the Mad Hatter in Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Prizes include the 2002 Adeline Genée Gold Medal, the 2003 Prix de Lausanne, the 2006 Emerging Artist and the 2011 Best Male Dancer awards at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, and in 2014 he was named Young Australian Achiever in the UK by the Australia Day Foundation. He has performed as a guest artist with ballet companies all over the world, including American Ballet Theater (as part of a dance exchange programme), National Ballet of Canada, the Australian Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and numerous international galas.

Videos

News and features

Watch Steven McRae in Nowness short film <em>Portrait of a Dancer</em>

Watch Steven McRae in Nowness short film Portrait of a Dancer

20 January 2016

New web short is inspired by The Royal Ballet Principal's love of motorsport.

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

29 December 2015

A new exhibition and two new books focus on what it takes to be a ballet dancer.

Recommended Recordings: <em>The Nutcracker</em>

Recommended Recordings: The Nutcracker

2 December 2015

With so many DVD, Blu-Ray and CD recordings of the Christmas classic on offer, how do you choose between them?

Photos

Steven Mcrae as Romeo with Fumi Kaneko in Romeo and Juliet

Steven Mcrae as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet by Kenneth MacMillan

Steven McRae as Albrecht in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae as Albrecht and Iana Salenko as Giselle in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Christopher Carr and Steven McRae in rehearsal for Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet

Tristan Dyer, Alexander Campbell, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside, Christina Arestis, Alastair Marriott, Genesia Rosato, Christopher Saunders, Thomas Whitehead, Erico Montes and Eric Underwood in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae performs at the Positano Premia la Danza Léonide Massine gala ceremony

Steven McRae photographed for The Language of the Soul

Steven McRae as The Prince and Iana Salenko as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker

Turbo and Steven McRae filming the Mad Hatter dance off

Laura Morera and Steven McRae in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety

Steven McRae as The Sandman and Leanne Cope as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel

Steven McRae and Evgenia Obraztsova in rehearsal

Sarah Lamb as Perdita and Steven McRae as Florizel in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Steven McRae as Oberon, Roberta Marquez as Titania, Enrique Ngbokota as Changeling Indian Boy and Artists of the Royal Ballet in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Luca Acri, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae, Marcelino Sambé in rehearsals for Connectome

The Sleeping Beauty. The Royal Ballet. Sarah Lamb as Aurora and Steven McRae as Prince Florimund. October 2011. Photo by Johan Persson

Steven McRae in Dancin' Magazine

Roberta Marquez as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Steven McRae as The Prince in The Nutcracker.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Steven McRae in Concerto

Steven McRae in Manon

Steven McRae and Leanne Benjamin in Manon

Steven McRae and Leanne Benjamin in Manon

Steven McRae and Leanne Benjamin in Manon

Steven McRae as The Creature and Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein.

Steven McRae as The Creature in Frankenstein

Steven McRae as The Creature and Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein.

Laura Morera as Elizabeth and Steven McRae as the Creature in rehearsal for Frankenstein, The Royal Ballet

Melissa Hamilton, Steven McRae and dancers of The Royal Ballet in The Human Seasons, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae and Turbo during filming during the Mad Hatter dance off

Steven McRae and Turbo during filming the Mad Hatter dance off

Laura Morera, Steven McRae, Tristan Dyer and Bennet Gartside in Liam Scarlett's The Age of Anxiety