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Matthew Ball

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Matthew Ball in action.
Matthew Ball as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Alice Pennefather

English dancer Matthew Ball is a Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company during the 2013/14 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2015, Soloist in 2016, First Soloist in 2017 and Principal dancer in 2018.

Ball was born in Liverpool. He joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11 and graduated through the School. Roles while a student included Fritz (The Nutcracker) with The Royal Ballet. Awards as a student include at the School’s 2011 Lynn Seymour Competition, the 2009 Kenneth MacMillan Senior Choreographic Competition and the Gailene Stock and Gary Norman Award for Excellence.

Ball’s roles with the Company include Romeo, Prince Florimund and Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker), Lensky (Onegin), Lysander (The Dream), the Young Man (The Two Pigeons), Escamillo (Acosta’s Carmen), Officer (Anastasia), pas de six (Giselle) and in Symphonic Dances, Jewels, The Human Seasons, Woolf Works, Afternoon of a Faun, Carbon Life, Scènes de ballet and The Age of Anxiety. His role creations include Albert de Belleroche (Strapless) and in Connectome, Untouchable, Woolf Works, Obsidian Tear and Multiverse. In 2016 he was named Best Emerging Artist at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Videos

News and features

The Royal Ballet announces promotions for 2018/19 Season

13 July 2018
The Royal Ballet announces promotions for 2018/19 Season

Matthew Ball is promoted to Principal dancer, the highest rank in the Company.

Cast change: Matthew Ball to dance in Giselle on 9 March 2018

5 March 2018
Cast change: Matthew Ball to dance in <em>Giselle</em> on 9 March 2018

David Hallberg is replaced by Matthew Ball in the role of Albrecht.

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017
Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

Photos

Natalia Osipova as Odile and Matthew Ball as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Albrecht and Yasmine Naghdi as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball and William Bracewell in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet.

Matthew Ball as Albrecht and Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Matthew Ball as Lensky and Yasmine Naghdi as Olga in Onegin

Matthew Ball as Romeo and Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball in Calvin Richardson's version of The Dying Swan at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Luca Acri, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae, Marcelino Sambé in rehearsals for Connectome

Yasmine Nagdhi and Matthew Ball in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in Strapless

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Ball in Strapless

Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball, Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tea, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson, Wayne McGregor and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball and Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Matthew Ball, Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball in The Judas Tree, The Ballet Season 2017/18

Matthew Ball as Wirt Roddy and Francesca Hayward as Letty Mason in The Wind, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova. Photo by Robbie Jack - Corbis/Getty Images for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow

Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's 'Burrow'

Tierney Heap and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Tomas Mock, Marcelino Sambé, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Natalia Osipova & Matthew Ball in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Matthew Ball as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Albrecht and Yasmine Naghdi as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet