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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. He is currently studying for a degree in Business Management and Leadership at the Open University. He is married to Royal Ballet Soloist Elizabeth Harrod.

Videos

News and features

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

18 February 2015

The Director of The Royal Ballet and Director of The Royal Opera on what they're most excited for at the upcoming gala.

Cast change: Steven McRae to dance in Don Quixote on 21 January 2015

Cast change: Steven McRae to dance in Don Quixote on 21 January 2015

21 January 2015

Steven McRae to replace Federico Bonelli in the role of Basilio.

Digital Theatre to host watch-along of The Nutcracker on 21 December 2014

Digital Theatre to host watch-along of The Nutcracker on 21 December 2014

15 December 2014

Watch the classic Christmas production with ballet fans around the world.

Photos

Steven McRae in 'Melancholic', The Four Temperaments, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae and Turbo during filming the Mad Hatter dance off

Steven McRae in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety

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

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

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in Scènes de ballet

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

Steven McRae as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Tomas Mock, Marcelino Sambé, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

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

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

Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal

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

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

Steven McRae in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae as Blue Boy in Les Patineurs.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in The Human Seasons

Steven McRae in Dancin' Magazine

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

Steven McRae as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel

Steven McRae as The Prince and Miyako Yoshida as The Sugar Plum Fairy 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.

Johan Kobborg as Walter Sickert, Steven McRae as Jack in Sweet Violets

Bennet Gartside and Steven McRae in Symphony in C

Steven McRae in Concerto

Steven McRae and Alina Cojocaru in The Dream

Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Bill Cooper

Steven McRae and Leanne Benjamin in Manon

Turbo and Steven McRae filming the Mad Hatter dance off

Steven McRae and Turbo during filming for the Mad Hatter Dance Off

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

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 as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

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