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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 shares his passion for 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 2006 Emerging Artist and the 2011 Best Male Dancer awards at the Critics’ Circle National 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 American Ballet Theater (as part of a dance exchange programme), National Ballet of Canada, the Australian Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and numerous international galas.

Videos

News and features

Watch Steven McRae in Nowness short film <em>Portrait of a Dancer</em>

Watch Steven McRae in Nowness short film Portrait of a Dancer

20 January 2016

New web short is inspired by The Royal Ballet Principal's love of motorsport.

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

29 December 2015

A new exhibition and two new books focus on what it takes to be a ballet dancer.

Recommended Recordings: <em>The Nutcracker</em>

Recommended Recordings: The Nutcracker

2 December 2015

With so many DVD, Blu-Ray and CD recordings of the Christmas classic on offer, how do you choose between them?

Photos

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

The cast in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety

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

Steven McRae as The Creature, Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein and Alexander Campbell as Clerval in Frankenstein.

Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb in Within the Golden Hour

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

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

Steven McRae in La Fille mal gardée

Steven McRae in rehearsal for The Four Temperaments, The Royal Ballet

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

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Steven Mcrae as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

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

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet

Steven McRae as the Creature in rehearsal for Frankenstein, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae as the Creature and Federico Bonelli as Victor in rehearsal for Frankenstein, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera as Elizabeth and Steven McRae as the Creature in rehearsal for Frankenstein, The Royal Ballet

Iana Salenko as Giselle and Steven McRae as Albrecht in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

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

Iana Salenko as the Young Girl and Steven McRae as the Young Man in The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Iana Salenko as the Young Girl and Steven McRae as the Young Man in The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Iana Salenko as Juliet and Steven McRae as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, 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

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

Steven McRae in 'Rubies' from Jewels

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

Steven McRae in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

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

Steven McRae, Dawid Trzensimiech and Tristran Dyer in Chroma, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae

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

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

Steven McRae in rehearsal