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Matthew Golding to join The Royal Ballet as a Principal

Canadian dancer’s first performance will be in The Sleeping Beauty later this Season.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

24 September 2013 at 9.46am | 9 Comments

Canadian dancer Matthew Golding is to join The Royal Ballet as a Principal in February 2014. His first performance will be on 27 March, dancing alongside Natalia Osipova in The Sleeping Beauty.

Matthew is currently a principal dancer with Dutch National Ballet. He trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and in Washington D.C. at the Universal Ballet Academy. In 2002 he was awarded the Grand Prix from the Youth American Ballet Competition and received a prize scholarship at The Prix de Lausanne to attend The Royal Ballet School. Graduating in 2003, he joined American Ballet Theatre before moving to his current company in 2009. Matthew first danced as a Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet, partnering Zenaida Yanowsky in La Bayadère, earlier this year.

Speaking about the appointment, Kevin O'Hare said:

I have very much enjoyed watching Matthew dance over last few years, and in particular, when he made his UK debut with us last Season.  I am very pleased he is joining the Company and we look forward to welcoming him next year as the latest addition to our world class roster of Principals.”

The Sleeping Beauty is on stage 22 February - 9 April 2014. General booking opens 14 January.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

24 September 2013 at 9.46am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged

This article has 9 comments

  1. Bill Woolhouse responded on 25 September 2013 at 3:35pm Reply

    Matther Golding will be a wonderful addition to the Company.With his brilliant technique,and elevation,he will be a star attraction.I saw him In Don Q,he was sensational,but so modest,and a nice bloke.

  2. Rocio responded on 27 September 2013 at 6:28am Reply

    I want to come. Let me know about the ticket.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 27 September 2013 at 11:21am

      Hi Rocio,

      General booking opens on 14 Janaury 2014, with Friends able to book slightly sooner from 10 December 2013.


      Content Producer

  3. Terry responded on 27 September 2013 at 11:02pm Reply

    Another person that isn't known. It would be much more interesting if Eric Underwood or Kenta Kura were to be given principal roles.

    On a technical note it is insulting to see the ROH uses "bozo" moderation. Comments are not visible to the world until moderated - but the user is fooled into thinking they have been instantly posted. If comments have to be moderated first. Please say so.

  4. Terry responded on 27 September 2013 at 11:18pm Reply

    oh! Just seen that it does say "Your comment is awaiting moderation,"

    Sorry. :-(

    Anyway, can we have more promotion from the ranks?

  5. Christina responded on 27 December 2013 at 4:43pm Reply

    I totally agree with Terry. More Kenta Kura please!!

  6. Nick Ireland responded on 10 January 2014 at 9:03pm Reply

    Any one who has seen any of Matthew Golding performances with the Netherlands Ballet, particularly in Don Quixote, will know that he is a World class dancer and is well worthy of his appointment as a Principal If the internal candidates were that good they would have been appointed - why not?

  7. Meaghan responded on 23 January 2014 at 5:12pm Reply

    Golding is a great dancer.
    I've seen him in Don Quixot and admire his technique.

  8. Meaghan responded on 12 March 2014 at 9:34pm Reply

    I can't understand why some person said that "did not know Golding". He's very well known
    specifically in Don Quixote where he danced
    marvelously. Do not say that I'm "fascinated" because I'm 87 years old! but had been a critic for more than 50 yeas.

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