Joshua Junker

First Artist of The Royal Ballet


Joshua Junker was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He began studying breakdance and contemporary dance from the age of eight at Boys Action. Aged 14 he turned to ballet and started his training at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. Two years later, he continued his training at The Royal Ballet School in London.

In 2017, Junker joined The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme and was promoted to Artist in 2018, and to First Artist in 2022. His repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Hans Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker and soloist roles in Swan LakeThe Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet. Contemporary repertory includes Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project and Woolf Works, Crystal Pite’s The Statement and Light of Passage and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Medusa. He created the leading role in Kyle Abraham’s The Weathering.

Junker is a regular choreographer for The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works and International Draft Works choreographic platforms. That’s Someone You Never Forget was included in The Royal Ballet’s 2022 gala performance in Doncaster. He also created a new work for Dutch National Ballet Junior Company’s 2023 touring programme Ballet Bubbles.

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