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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 retains a strong interest in 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 2007 Emerging Male Artist (Classical) and the 2012 Best Male Dancer Awards at the Critics' Circle 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 the 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

Cast Changes: Casting announced for Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Giselle

Cast Changes: Casting announced for Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Giselle

21 August 2015

Replacements confirmed for previously scheduled performances by Rupert Pennefather.

Watch: Members of The Royal Ballet on La Fille mal gardée

Watch: Members of The Royal Ballet on La Fille mal gardée

6 May 2015

Backstage films from the live relay of La Fille mal gardée, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

Photos

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

Steven McRae as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera and Steven McRae in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety

The cast in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety

Tamara Rojo and Steven McRae in Goldberg – The Brandstrup-Rojo Project, ROH2

Steven McRae in La Fille mal gardée

Steven McRae as Jack and Laura Morera as Annie E Crook in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae

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

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

Steven McRae in rehearsal

Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal

Evgenia Obraztsova, Genesia Rosato, Steven McRae and members of the corps de ballet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae in rehearsal for The Four Temperaments, The Royal Ballet

Paul Kay, Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Emma Maguire, Akane Takada and Steven McRae in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae

Steven McRae as Lensky in Onegin

Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez in La Fille mal gardée

Steven McRae, Dawid Trzensimiech and Tristran Dyer in Chroma, The Royal Ballet

Evgenia Obraztsova and Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae in The Human Seasons

Steven McRae in 'Rubies' from Jewels

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot

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

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

Steven McRae as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel

Yuhui Choe and Steven McRae in Concerto

Steven McRae as Colas in La Fille Mal Gardee

Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Bill Cooper

Sarah Lamb as Princess Aurora and Steven McRae as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty

Steven McRae as the Mad Hatter in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Steven McRae in Manon

Steven McRae and Leanne Benjamin in Manon

Steven McRae - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Backstage Access