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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

World Ballet Day programme: What's in store during the day-long live-stream on 1 October 2014

World Ballet Day programme: What's in store during the day-long live-stream on 1 October 2014

24 September 2014

The Royal Ballet will join forces with four other world-class companies, offering glimpses into morning class and rehearsals, with exclusive interviews.

Christopher Wheeldon and Steven McRae honoured at award ceremony in Italy

Christopher Wheeldon and Steven McRae honoured at award ceremony in Italy

8 September 2014

Royal Ballet choreographer and dancer among those to receive awards at the Pos­it­ano Premia la Danza Léonide Massine.

Follow in the footsteps of Royal Ballet dancers: Applications for Genée Ballet Competition 2014 are now open

Follow in the footsteps of Royal Ballet dancers: Applications for Genée Ballet Competition 2014 are now open

14 August 2014

Previous medalists include Lauren Cuthbertson and Steven McRae.

Listen: Steven McRae - 'Romeo and Juliet is in my blood’

Listen: Steven McRae - 'Romeo and Juliet is in my blood’

31 July 2014

The Royal Ballet Principal on why he loves MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.

Steven McRae the subject of a new book with photographs by Andrej Uspenski

Steven McRae the subject of a new book with photographs by Andrej Uspenski

9 April 2014

'Steven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane' offers a revealing insight into the life of a Royal Ballet Principal.

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

3 April 2014

Christopher Wheeldon's new work is The Royal Ballet’s first full-length Shakespeare adaptation for almost 50 years.



Photos

Steven McRae as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Tomas Mock, Marcelino Sambé, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Luca Acri, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae, Marcelino Sambé in rehearsals for Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Steven McRae in rehearsal for Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Steven McRae as Jack and Laura Morera as Annie E Crook in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

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

Steven McRae as Florizel in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014 in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Sarah Lamb as Perdita and Steven McRae as Florizel in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Sarah Lamb as Perdita and Steven McRae as Florizel in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Sarah Lamb as Perdita and Steven McRae as Florizel in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Steven McRae waiting to go on stage © Andrej Uspenski

Steven McRae and Evgenia Obraztsova in rehearsal © Andrej Uspenski

Steven McRae in rehearsal © Andrej Uspenski

Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal © Andrej Uspenski

Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet © Andrej Uspenski

Paul Kay, Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Steven McRae performs at the Positano Premia la Danza Léonide Massine gala ceremony © Arkimedia Lab Communication 2014

Steven McRae in Dancin' Magazine © Dancin' Magazine, 2013

Evgenia Obraztsova and Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Evgenia Obraztsova and Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Evgenia Obraztsova, Genesia Rosato, Steven McRae and members of the corps de ballet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Evgenia Obraztsova and Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

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 © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Steven McRae as Lensky in Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013

Steven McRae as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Steven McRae as The Sandman and Leanne Cope as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Steven McRae as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

James Hay as Hansel, Leanne Cope as Gretel, Brian Maloney as The Wtich and Steven McRae as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Steven McRae as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Steven McRae in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Steven McRae, Dawid Trzensimiech and Tristran Dyer in Chroma, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Steven McRae as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez in La Fille mal gardée ©ROH 2012