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Tierney Heap

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Tierney Heap in action.
Tierney Heap as the title role in Carmen, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

English dancer Tierney Heap is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2012, promoted to First Artist in 2016 and to Soloist later that year. She was promoted to First Soloist in 2018.

Heap was born in Manchester and began dancing aged two. She trained locally at the Debra McLaren School of Dancing, Rossendale, and the Caroline Wright School of Dance at Centre Pointe, Manchester. Aged 11 she won a scholarship to study at Elmhurst School for Dance and aged 15 joined The Royal Ballet Upper School. Awards while at the School include bronze medal at the 2010 Genée International Ballet Competition.

Heap’s repertory with the Company includes Carmen, Lilac Fairy, Florestan’s Sister and Fairy of the Enchanted Garden (The Sleeping Beauty), Myrtha (Giselle), Empress Elisabeth (Maylering), Olga (Winter Dreams), The Firebird and roles in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, ‘Rubies’ (Jewels), DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Viscera, The Nutcracker, La Bayadère, After the Rain, The Invitation, Multiverse and Carbon Life, Aeternum, The Human Seasons and Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. She has created roles in Untouchable and Woolf Works.

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News and features

The Royal Ballet honoured at the National Dance Awards 2017

6 February 2017
The Royal Ballet honoured at the National Dance Awards 2017

Winners include Francesca Hayward, Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky.

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016
Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.

#BalletBeauty InstaMeet: Exclusive pictures inside the Royal Ballet dressing rooms

2 June 2016
#BalletBeauty InstaMeet: Exclusive pictures inside the Royal Ballet dressing rooms

Six Instagrammers and make-up artists spent time with dancers of The Royal Ballet to capture their getting-ready routines.

Photos

Tierney Heap in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap and artists of The Royal Ballet in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet.

Tierney Heap as Myrtha in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Tomas Mock, David Donnelly and Tierney Heap in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Fernando Montaño and Tierney Heap in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Tierney Heap in Giselle

Monica Mason and Tierney Heap as Myrtha in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap as the title role in Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap and Vadim Muntagirov in rehearsal for Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap

Tierney Heap in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap, David Yudes and artists of The Royal Ballet in Elite Syncopations, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap and Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap and Ryoichi Hirano in DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap as Fairy of the Enchanted Garden in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Tierney Heap as Queen of the Wilis in Giselle

Monica Mason and Tierney Heap as Myrtha in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Ashley Scott, Marcelino Sambé, Benjamin Ella, Kristen McNally and Tierney Heap rehearsing Hofesh Shecter