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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

Steven McRae is a Principal with The Royal Ballet. He joined The Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship in 2003. He graduated into The Royal Ballet and was promoted to 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 also created roles for McGregor, Wheeldon, Ratmansky, Scarlett, Marriott and Brandstrup, 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 studied tap alongside ballet, and this training has often been used by choreographers creating new works on him, such as the role of the Mad Hatter in 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

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

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale

3 April 2014

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



Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on The Sleeping Beauty

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on The Sleeping Beauty

19 March 2014

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our 2014 live cinema relay.

The Sleeping Beauty to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 19 March 2014

The Sleeping Beauty to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 19 March 2014

12 March 2014

Access exclusive articles, photos and films about the production with our Digital Guide.

The Male Virtuoso

The Male Virtuoso

7 February 2014

A look at the development of the male dancer.

Your reaction: Giselle

Your reaction: Giselle

19 January 2014

A selection of audience tweets from the first night (and matinee) of Peter Wright’s haunting production.

Photos

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

Steven McRae 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, 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 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 and Steven McRae 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

Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Bill Cooper © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot © Hannah Crosby 2012

Steven McRae as The Prince and Miyako Yoshida as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker ©Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Roberta Marquez as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Steven McRae as The Prince in The Nutcracker. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012