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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, William Forsythe, 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

Cast changes: The Nutcracker and Giselle 2018

4 January 2018
Cast changes: <em>The Nutcracker</em> and <em>Giselle</em> 2018

Principal casting has been changed for performances on 5 and 20 January, and 5 February.

Watch: How dancers learn the iconic role of The Nutcracker's Sugar Plum Fairy

8 December 2017
Watch: How dancers learn the iconic role of <em>The Nutcracker</em>'s Sugar Plum Fairy

Former Royal Ballet Principal Lesley Collier has been coaching Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae through the ballet's showcase duet.

Your Reaction: What did you think of George Balanchine's Jewels live in cinemas?

12 April 2017
Your Reaction: What did you think of George Balanchine's <em>Jewels</em> live in cinemas?

A selection of audience responses to The Royal Ballet's performance of 'Emeralds', 'Rubies' and 'Diamonds', relayed to cinemas across the world.

Photos

Steven McRae as The Prince and Sarah Lamb as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.

Steven McRae as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada & Steven McRae in Vertiginous Thrill

Steven McRae as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in ‘Rubies’ from Jewels, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsal for Mayerling, World Ballet Day 2018

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsal for Mayerling, World Ballet Day 2018

Laura Morera, Steven McRae and Leanne Benjamin in rehearsal for Mayerling, World Ballet Day 2018

Laura Morera and Steven McRae in rehearsal for Mayerling, World Ballet Day 2018

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

Steven McRae photographed for The Language of the Soul

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 as Romeo with Fumi Kaneko in Romeo and Juliet

Steven Mcrae as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet by Kenneth MacMillan

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

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

Steven McRae in Dancin' Magazine

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

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

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

Steven McRae and Evgenia Obraztsova in rehearsal

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