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William Bracewell

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet


Welsh dancer William Bracewell joined The Royal Ballet as a Soloist in 2017 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2018.

Bracewell was born in Swansea. He trained at the Pamela Miller Ballet School and, from the age of 11, at The Royal Ballet School. Awards while a student include the 2007 Young British Dancer of the Year Award and the grand prix at the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2010, promoted to first artist in 2012 and to soloist in 2014. His repertory with BRB included Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Prince (The Nutcracker), Oberon (The Dream), Prince (Cinderella), Ferdinand (The Tempest), Salamander Prince (David Bintley’s The Prince of the Pagodas), First Seminarian (Carmina Burana), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty) and roles in Symphonic Variations, Tombeaux, Les Rendezvous, Elite Syncopations, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café and Theme and Variations. His role creations for BRB included Le roi soleil (Bintley’s The King Dances) and in Alexander Whitley’s Kin. and Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces.

Bracewell’s other awards include Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) at the 2015 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

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