Aiden O’Brien

First Artist of The Royal Ballet
Two ballet dancer performing onstage.
Two ballet dancer performing onstage.
Two ballet dancer performing onstage.


British dancer Aiden O’Brien joined The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme from the start of the 2017/18 Season and was promoted to Artist in 2018. O'Brien was promoted to First Artist in 2023.

O’Brien was born in Perth, Scotland, and began studying ballet aged seven. He trained at Julie Young Dance Studios and as a junior associate with The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet before entering The Royal Ballet School aged 11. Performances with the School included in Les Rendezvous, La Bayadère, Concerto and Solo in the annual matinees. 

O’Brien’s professional performances while a student included with The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Anastasia and Mayerling and on tour in Japan in Giselle and Romeo and Juliet, and with Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker. His repertory with the Company includes Spanish Dance (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake), Escalus (Romeo and Juliet), Alex (Like Water for Chocolate) and roles in Everyone Keeps Me and Flight Pattern. He created a role in Kyle Abraham's The Weathering

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