From: Liverpool, England. LA Opera: the Digital Short Between the Rooms (2021).

English dancer Matthew Ball is a principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in London. 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 joined the Royal Ballet School aged 11. 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. He was twice a finalist at Young British Dancer of the Year.

In 2016 he was named Best Emerging Artist at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. He recently toured the U.K. in the dual role of the Swan/Stranger in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.