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William Bracewell

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

William Bracewell in action.
William Bracewell as the Prince and Fumi Kaneko as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © 2018 ROH. Photograph by Alastair Muir

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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News and features

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017
Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

New dancers to join The Royal Ballet for 2017/18 Season

28 April 2017
New dancers to join The Royal Ballet for 2017/18 Season

The Royal Ballet announces new additions to the Company for the forthcoming 2017/18 Season.

Photos

Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as Ted Feltham and Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød as Harry Patch in The Unknown Soldier, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell, Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera and William Bracewell in rehearsal for Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as the Prince and Fumi Kaneko as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell in Infra, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in Infra, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing during Ballet Studio Live

William Bracewell and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in Infra, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Akane Takada in rehearsal for Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball and William Bracewell in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet.

William Bracewell as the Prince and Fumi Kaneko as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as the Prince and Fumi Kaneko as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as Lieutenant the Baron Tusenbach and artists of The Royal Ballet in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Irina and William Bracewell as Lieutenant the Baron Tusenbach in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing during Ballet Studio Live

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing during Ballet Studio Live

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing with Gary Avis during Ballet Studio Live

Thiago Soares as Crown Prince Rudolf and Reece Clarke, William Bracewell, Luca Acri and Cesar Corrales as the Hungarian Officers in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as Prince Siegfried and Akane Takada as Odile in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Odile and William Bracewell as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell in rehearsal for Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing during Ballet Studio Live

William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko rehearsing during Ballet Studio Live

William Bracewell and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in Infra, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as Ted Feltham in The Unknown Soldier, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Melissa Hamilton in Yugen, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera and William Bracewell in rehearsal for Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Odette and William Bracewell as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in Infra, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as Prince Siegfried and Akane Takada as Odette in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Akane Takada in rehearsal for Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Akane Takada in rehearsal for Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet