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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.

McRae was born in Sydney and trained with Hilary Kaplan and at The Royal Ballet School. He won the 2002 Adeline Genée Gold Medal and the 2003 Prix de Lausanne. His roles with The Royal Ballet include all the classical repertory and leading roles in works by choreographers including Frederick Ashton, David Bintley, Kenneth MacMillan, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon. His role creations include Magician/Mad Hatter (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Jack (Sweet Violets), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), Florizel (The Winter’s Tale), Emble (The Age of Anxiety), Creature (Frankenstein) and roles in Three Songs – Two Voices, Children of Adam, Chroma, Acis and Galatea (Royal Opera), 24 Preludes, The Human Seasons, Tetractys, Connectome, Woolf Works and Multiverse.

McRae has performed as a guest artist with companies including American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Australian Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and at numerous international galas. His awards include the 2006 Emerging Male Artist (Classical) and the 2011 Best Male Dancer awards at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. In 2014 he was named Young Australian Achiever in the UK by the Australia Day Foundation.

Videos

News and features

BBC Four to broadcast <em> Frankenstein </em> on 30 October 2016

BBC Four to broadcast Frankenstein on 30 October 2016

25 October 2016

Watch the TV premiere of Liam Scarlett's first full-length ballet for The Royal Ballet.

Watch: Insights into Wayne McGregor’s brand new ballet <em>Multiverse</em>

Watch: Insights into Wayne McGregor’s brand new ballet Multiverse

14 October 2016

Watch the choreographer offer an exclusive glimpse of his new ballet, set to an original score by Steve Reich.

Watch: The Royal Ballet's morning class in full

Watch: The Royal Ballet's morning class in full

12 October 2016

A glimpse into the life of a dancer through the daily ritual of morning class, filmed as part of World Ballet Day 2016.

Photos

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

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

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

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

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

Turbo and Steven McRae filming the Mad Hatter dance off

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

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

Steven McRae and Evgenia Obraztsova in rehearsal

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 in Dancin' Magazine

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

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

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsal for Anastasia, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in Within the Golden Hour

Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody

Akane Takada, Tristan Dyer, Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb in rehearsal for Within the Golden Hour, The Royal Ballet

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

Iana Salenko and Steven McRae in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae as Romeo and Sarah Lamb as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

Steven McRae as Romeo and Sarah Lamb as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet