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Cesar Corrales to join The Royal Ballet as a First Soloist

Dancer to join the Company at the start of the 2018/19 Season.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

22 December 2017 at 6.49pm | 11 Comments

Cesar Corrales will join The Royal Ballet as a First Soloist at the start of the 2018/19 Season.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet said 'Cesar approached me in October, having resigned from English National Ballet, about joining The Royal Ballet. I was happy to be in a position to be able to offer him a contract as a First Soloist from the beginning of the 2018/19 Season and I look forward to welcoming him into the Company.'

Cesar Corrales is currently a Principal with English National Ballet. Born in Mexico City, he joined Canada’s National Ballet School in 2008, and performed the title role of Billy Elliot during the Canadian tour of the production from 2010-2011. He has previously danced with the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, and won the Youth America Grand Prix Artistry Award in 2014. Cesar joined English National Ballet in 2014, and was promoted to Principal in 2017. He was the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Dancer Award, and in 2017 was awarded the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) for his appearance as Ali in Le Corsaire.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

22 December 2017 at 6.49pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Cesar Corrales, Joiner, Royal Ballet

This article has 11 comments

  1. Bill Boyd responded on 22 December 2017 at 7:22pm Reply

    Great news!

  2. elleG responded on 22 December 2017 at 11:01pm Reply

    Cesar has thrilled ENB audiences at home and abroad ever since he joined the company. He is a simply amazing artist - a real "man of the stage" - and I can't wait to see him perform across the full spectrum of the Royal Ballet's rep. We are so lucky that we will still have him in London.

  3. Patrick Buckingham responded on 23 December 2017 at 9:25pm Reply

    [This comment has been edited as per our community guidelines]
    Cesar is a fabulous dancer who is very exciting to watch, having seen him thrill an audience in Le Corsaire. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the rather different surroundings of the Royal Ballet. He will clearly have Vadim Muntagirov to look to as a very positive role model.

  4. John Huxley Travis responded on 25 December 2017 at 9:46am Reply

    It can only be seen as a positive move for both the Company and Cesar Corales himself , as he joins the most infinitely gifted group of young dancers in the world , who give their all day after day.

  5. Joanne Simmons responded on 27 December 2017 at 8:52am Reply

    Pleased pleased pleased pleased and more pleased that he’s joining the RB!

  6. Gary McShane responded on 27 December 2017 at 2:03pm Reply

    Just a clarification for the benefit of the readers of this post: Cesar played Billy Elliot in the 1st National Tour in Chicago, debuting on 18-Mar-2010, before moving with the production to Toronto where he played Billy until 1-May-2011. This production did not tour Canada, ending with a final performance in Toronto on 3-Sep-2011. It's interesting that Cesar's unique talents were apparent even then, as he was selected to perform the role of Billy in both the 1st preview and the official opening night performances in Chicago and in Toronto. Bravo Cesar!!

  7. Yes, Gary is right- Cesar initially performed the role of Billy Elliot in Chicago, travelling from Canada to a different country far away from home to perform a demanding role....then later crossing continents to England as a young dancer to join ENB- one has to admire his plucky nature and strength of character as well as his dancing talents.

    London and southeast audiences are of course very lucky that as far as we're concerned, Cesar hasn't really left us at all- just moved to different theatres "up the road" (so to speak!) to perform! We hope he'll enjoy his new "home" and the new rep: can't wait to see him in Ashton, MacMillan, Wheeldon, Balanchine, Scarlett etc roles. Who else is hoping that Fille makes a return for 2018-2019 so that we can see Cesar as Colas? Or Cesar as Romeo in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, or Basilio in Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote? It's going to be a Happy New Year indeed!

  8. Karen responded on 28 December 2017 at 9:55am Reply

    Great news. Some much needed virtuosity. Hope RB develops some very promising nascent artistry.

  9. David responded on 31 December 2017 at 3:52pm Reply

    Cesar Corrales has been well coached at ENB to bring him to the exciting dancer he is today. His performance in Akram Khan's Giselle was stunning.

    I am relieved to see that he is leaving at the end of the season rather in the middle like Vadim Muntagirov did a couple of years ago, but why is it that RB seems to find it easier to take dancers from ENB than find and develop such talent themselves?

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 2 January 2018 at 10:25am

      Dear David,

      As Kevin O’Hare said in his statement posted in the news article, Cesar resigned from English National Ballet before approaching The Royal Ballet.

      Many thanks,


  10. Sami responded on 27 January 2018 at 11:07pm Reply

    Great news !! Good for Cesar ,he will benefit developing his technique and artistry .

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