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Steven McRae

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Steven McRae in action.
Steven McRae in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

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.

Watch: The Mad Hatters’ dance-off between The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae and ZooNation’s Turbo


Watch: The Mad Hatters’ dance-off between The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae and ZooNation’s Turbo


12 December 2014

The Royal Ballet Principal and hip-hop dancer Turbo face off during the runs for their respective ROH productions.

The Winter’s Tale available on DVD

The Winter’s Tale available on DVD

3 December 2014

Christopher Wheeldon’s Shakespeare-inspired Royal Ballet production features no less than six principal roles.

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

4 November 2014

Nominations are decided by a panel of 50 dance writers from across the UK.

Photos

Steven McRae as Lensky in Onegin

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

The cast in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety

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

Steven McRae in rehearsal

Steven McRae waiting to go on stage

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

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

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 as Blue Boy in Les Patineurs.

Steven McRae as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel

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.

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

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in Symphony in C

Steven McRae as Colas in La Fille Mal Gardee

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

Steven McRae rehearsing The Rite of Spring

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

Steven McRae and Leanne Benjamin in Manon

Steven McRae and Leanne Benjamin in Manon

Turbo and Steven McRae preparing for the Mad Hatter Dance Off Film

Bennet Gartside, Tristan Dyer, Steven McRae and Laura Morera in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety

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

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

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

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

Steven McRae as Florizel in The Winter's Tale

Steven McRae and Evgenia Obraztsova in rehearsal

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