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. 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 Prince Siegfried, Romeo, Armand, Prince Florimund and Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker), Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Des Grieux (Manon), Solor (La bayadère), Lensky (Onegin), Albrecht (Giselle), Basilio (Don Quixote) In 2016 he was named Best Emerging Artist at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.
He performed The Swan/Stranger in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake to critical acclaim. Matthew has created roles with Wayne Mcgregor, Crystal Pite, Christopher Wheeldon, Hofesh Shechter and Sidi Larbi. Dancing alongside and partnering international stars such as Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nunez and Alessandra Ferri.
In recent years he has also worked on several fashion and film projects including collaborations with Nick Knight OBE, Gareth Pugh, Erdem and British Vogue. As well as features in King Kong Magazine, Esquire and Man About Town.
Film work includes two dance shorts with Penefather productions co-starring with Francesca Heyward and Natalia Osipova, and Tybalt in the feature length film ‘Romeo and Juliet Beyond Words’
Sleeping Beauty Act III DuetMayara Magri & Matthew Ball22 MinutesAdvanced LevelIn this film, Mayara & Matthew teach through the famous wedding duet of Princess Aurora and Prince Desiré from the Grand Pas de Deux of The Sleeping Beauty Act III. After a full and...