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Claire Calvert

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

English dancer Claire Calvert is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2007, promoted to First Artist in 2010, Soloist in 2012 and First Soloist in 2016.

Calvert was born in Bath and began dancing aged three. She joined The Royal Ballet Lower School aged 11 and in her graduation year danced lead roles in Raymonda Act III and Jabula. Calvert made her Principal role debut as the Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty) while still an Artist in 2009. Other roles include Hermione (The Winter’s Tale), Sugar Plum Fairy and Rose Fairy (The Nutcracker), Gamzatti (La Bayadère), Mother/Queen of Hearts (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Gypsy Girl (The Two Pigeons), Hermia (The Dream), Myrtha and Zulme (Giselle), Mitzi Caspar (Mayerling), Olga (Anastasia), Harlot (Romeo and Juliet), Winter Fairy (Cinderella), Lescaut’s Mistress (Manon), Mercedes (Don Quixote), the third movement of Concerto and in The Human Seasons, Aeternum, After the Rain and Carbon Life.

Role creations include Charlotte Edmonds’s dance film The Indifferent Beak for Deloitte Ignite 14.

Videos

News and features

'You could call it perfection': The Royal Ballet on what makes The Sleeping Beauty so enchanting

13 March 2017
'You could call it perfection': The Royal Ballet on what makes <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> so enchanting

Cast and the creatives behind the fairy-tale, including Former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason, reveal what it takes to perform the classic ballet.

How the Lilac Fairy tells a story through mime in The Sleeping Beauty

2 March 2017
How the Lilac Fairy tells a story through mime in <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em>

Former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and First Soloist Claire Calvert explore one of classical dance's most charming roles with Darcey Bussell.

Watch: How The Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

22 November 2016
Watch: How The Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

Sewing, cutting, customizing and rehearsing: a lengthy process of preparation keeps our dancers on their toes.

Photos

Claire Calvert and Thiago Soares in The Winter's Tale

Claire Calvert as Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Claire Calvert as Lescaut's Mistress in Manon, The Royal Ballet

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood and Claire Calvert being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film

Claire Calvert in Erico Montes and Daniela Cardim Fonteyn's Similarities Between Diverse Things, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

Claire Calvert as Myrtha in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Claire Calvert as Myrtha in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Claire Calvert

Claire Calvert and Thiago Soares in The Winter's Tale

Benjamin Ella as Albrecht, Akane Takada as Giselle, Claire Calvert as Queen of the Wilis and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Claire Calvert as The Rose Fairy and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood and Claire Calvert being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film

Tristan Dyer and Claire Calvert in Carbon Life, The Royal Ballet

Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani and Claire Calvert in Swan Lake

Claire Calvert and Thiago Soares in The Winter's Tale

Claire Calvert

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood and Claire Calvert being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film

Marcelino Sambé in The Winter's Tale

Claire Calvert and Thiago Soares in The Winter's Tale

Mayara Magri and Claire Calvert in rehearsal for Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Claire Calvert as Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Behind the scenes: Claire Calvert being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film

Behind the scenes: Eric Underwood and Claire Calvert being filmed for Charlotte Edmonds retelling of Leda and the Swan film

Claire Calvert in Manon, The Royal Ballet