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Steven McRae

Steven McRae (born 19 December 1985) is an Australian ballet dancer and tap dancer. He is a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, London.

Steven McRae
McRae and Miyako Yoshida at the curtain call of The Nutcracker (2009)
Born (1985-12-19)19 December 1985 (age 35)
Plumpton, Sydney
NationalityAustralian
EducationRoyal Ballet School
OccupationPrincipal dancer
Years active2004–
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Harrod
Children3
Current groupThe Royal Ballet

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Steven McRae was raised in the Sydney suburb of Plumpton the son of a drag racer. He started dancing at age seven, after watching his older sister in her dance classes. He studied tap as well as ballet. He was soon being entered for the performing-arts competitions in Australia known as eisteddfods, often gracing 25 sections at a time. By his teens, already an extremely capable tapper, Steven McRae knew that his future lay in dance, and trained throughout high school.

In 2002, at age 16, he won the gold medal at the 2002 Genée held in Sydney that year. In 2003, at age 17, he won the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, earning a scholarship, and entered the Royal Ballet School in London.

He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to first artist in 2005, soloist in 2006, first soloist in 2008 and principal in 2009. The Guardian has called McRae "a modern-day Fred Astaire". In 2014, he was named "Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK" for his work with the Royal Ballet.

In 2005, in his first season with the Royal Ballet, McRae jumped on the occasion to dance Symphonic Variations by Frederick Ashton, which is an iconic piece of the Royal Ballet. Symphonic Variations was Ashton's first work after World War II, and one of the Company's first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House.

In 2011, McRae originated the role of the Mad Hatter in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House. In 2014, he originated the role of Prince Florizel in Christopher Wheeldon's new full-length ballet The Winter's Tale.

In 2016, McRae originated the role of "The Creature" in Liam Scarlett's full-length ballet of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

"There is a moment before Steven McRae steps on stage that you easily can mistake for nerves and he has learnt over the years that it's not nerves, it's adrenaline and a slight sense of anxiety. It's almost impossible to dance as a soloist without this performance element."

He is frequently used in works from Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor such as Chroma, Multiverse, and Limen as he is very quick in picking up on McGregor's modern style as well as the way he can manipulate his body.

In January 2008, at 22, McRae partially tore his Achilles tendon and was told that not only would he never dance again but he would have an enduring limp. He found "a most incredible" Swedish surgeon and it took a year, until December 2008, to recover.

He started rehabilitation classes with his coach, Lesley Collier, and psychological rehabilitation, and studied for a BA Hons in business management and leadership. McRae completed his university degree whilst working full time.

He works still with Lesley Collier, a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet from 1972 to 1995 and répétiteur since 2000, as his coach at the Royal Ballet.

During a live performance in October 2019, McRae again tore his Achiles tendon; he returned to performing in October 2021.

McRae plays Skimbleshanks the railway cat in Cats. He is featured in the BBC show Men at the Barre.

McRae's most marked characteristics are his speed and his red hair.

McRae is married to Elizabeth Harrod, soloist with the Royal Ballet, and they have one daughter, Audrey Bluebell, born in December 2014, and two sons, Frederick Charles, born in November 2016 and Rupert George, born in August 2019.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland : Magician/Mad Hatter
  • Sweet Violets : Jack
  • Hansel and Gretel : Sandman
  • Frankenstein : Creature
  • Swan Lake : Siegfried
  • Giselle : Albrecht
  • Romeo and Juliet : Romeo
  • Manon : Des Grieux
  • The Sleeping Beauty : Prince Florimund
  • Mayerling : Crown Prince Rudolf
  • The Nutcracker : Sugar Plum Fairy's Cavalier
  • 2002 : Genée International Ballet Competition, Gold Medal
  • 2003 : Prix de Lausanne
  • 2007 : Emerging Male Artist (Classical)
  • 2012 : Best Male Dancer Awards at the Critics’ Circle Dance Awards
  • 2014 : Young Australian Achiever in the UK by the Australia Day Foundation
  1. Mackrell, Judith. "Steven McRae – the ballet star who's a modern-day Fred Astaire". The Guardian. Retrieved14 February 2014.
  2. Steven McRae, website of the Royal Opera House.
  3. Steven McRae: Dancing at full throttle, by Mark Monahan, 26 April 2011, The Telegraph.
  4. Peter Theodosiou (16 August 2012). "Aaron on Ballet High". Blacktown Advocate. p. 51. McRae is a fellow western Sydney resident, having grown up in Plumpton.
  5. "Steven McRae – Young Australian Achiever of the Year 2014". DanceTabs.com. Retrieved2 May 2014.
  6. Steven McRae Q&A, interview by Bloch from 2014 (9 min 31 s).
  7. Royal Ballet: Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand, announcement for the performance scheduled on 7 June 2017, Times.
  8. Jennings, Luke. "The Winter's Tale review – 'a ballet to keep'". The Guardian. Retrieved3 June 2014.
  9. "The Royal Ballet has created a monster with Frankenstein – review". The Telegraph. Retrieved11 May 2017.
  10. The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae on injury: turning weakness into strength, Gramilano, 6 February 2016.
  11. Steven McRae: ‘Sometimes I feel 100 years old’ – the pain and the ecstasy driving star of Swan Lake, 22 March 2015, The Guardian.
  12. Craine, Debra. "Steven McRae: I didn't think I would walk again. We've achieved the impossible". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved20 October 2021.
  13. October 17, Tristan Balagtas; Pm, 2021 05:31. "Royal Ballet Dancer Steven McRae Will Return to the Stage 2 Years After He Snapped His Achilles Tendon". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved20 October 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  14. Mead, David. "Men at the Barre - Inside the Royal Ballet". SeeingDance. Retrieved20 October 2021.
  15. Steven McRae answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition with biography, 4 April 2014, Gramilano.
  16. Steven McRae interview en l'air, by Armando Braswell, 17 August 2015.
  17. Steven McRae, website of the ABT.

Steven McRae
Steven McRae Language Watch Edit Steven McRae born 19 December 1985 is an Australian ballet dancer 1 and tap dancer He is a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet London 2 Steven McRaeMcRae and Miyako Yoshida at the curtain call of The Nutcracker 2009 Born 1985 12 19 19 December 1985 age 35 Plumpton SydneyNationalityAustralianEducationRoyal Ballet SchoolOccupationPrincipal dancerYears active2004 Spouse s Elizabeth HarrodChildren3Current groupThe Royal Ballet Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 First principal role 4 On stage 5 Injuries 6 Film work 7 Style 8 Personal life 9 Repertory 10 Awards 11 References 12 External linksEarly life EditSteven McRae was raised in the Sydney suburb of Plumpton the son of a drag racer 3 4 He started dancing at age seven after watching his older sister in her dance classes He studied tap as well as ballet 3 He was soon being entered for the performing arts competitions in Australia known as eisteddfods often gracing 25 sections at a time 3 By his teens already an extremely capable tapper Steven McRae knew that his future lay in dance and trained throughout high school In 2002 at age 16 he won the gold medal at the 2002 Genee held in Sydney that year In 2003 at age 17 he won the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland earning a scholarship and entered the Royal Ballet School in London Career EditHe graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to first artist in 2005 soloist in 2006 first soloist in 2008 and principal in 2009 The Guardian has called McRae a modern day Fred Astaire 1 In 2014 he was named Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK for his work with the Royal Ballet 5 First principal role EditIn 2005 in his first season with the Royal Ballet McRae jumped on the occasion to dance Symphonic Variations by Frederick Ashton which is an iconic piece of the Royal Ballet 6 Symphonic Variations was Ashton s first work after World War II and one of the Company s first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House 7 On stage EditIn 2011 McRae originated the role of the Mad Hatter in Christopher Wheeldon s Alice s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House 1 In 2014 he originated the role of Prince Florizel in Christopher Wheeldon s new full length ballet The Winter s Tale 8 In 2016 McRae originated the role of The Creature in Liam Scarlett s full length ballet of Mary Shelley s Frankenstein 9 There is a moment before Steven McRae steps on stage that you easily can mistake for nerves and he has learnt over the years that it s not nerves it s adrenaline and a slight sense of anxiety It s almost impossible to dance as a soloist without this performance element 6 He is frequently used in works from Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor such as Chroma Multiverse and Limen as he is very quick in picking up on McGregor s modern style as well as the way he can manipulate his body Injuries EditIn January 2008 at 22 McRae partially tore his Achilles tendon and was told that not only would he never dance again but he would have an enduring limp He found a most incredible Swedish surgeon and it took a year until December 2008 to recover He started rehabilitation classes with his coach Lesley Collier and psychological rehabilitation and studied for a BA Hons in business management and leadership 10 11 McRae completed his university degree whilst working full time He works still with Lesley Collier a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet from 1972 to 1995 and repetiteur since 2000 as his coach at the Royal Ballet During a live performance in October 2019 McRae again tore his Achiles tendon 12 he returned to performing in October 2021 13 Film work EditMcRae plays Skimbleshanks the railway cat in Cats He is featured in the BBC show Men at the Barre 14 Style EditMcRae s most marked characteristics are his speed and his red hair 15 Personal life EditMcRae is married to Elizabeth Harrod soloist with the Royal Ballet and they have one daughter Audrey Bluebell born in December 2014 16 and two sons Frederick Charles born in November 2016 and Rupert George born in August 2019 Repertory EditAlice s Adventures in Wonderland Magician Mad Hatter Sweet Violets Jack Hansel and Gretel Sandman Frankenstein Creature Swan Lake Siegfried 17 Giselle Albrecht Romeo and Juliet Romeo Manon Des Grieux The Sleeping Beauty Prince Florimund Mayerling Crown Prince Rudolf The Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy s CavalierAwards Edit2002 Genee International Ballet Competition Gold Medal 11 2003 Prix de Lausanne 2007 Emerging Male Artist Classical 15 2012 Best Male Dancer Awards at the Critics Circle Dance Awards 2014 Young Australian Achiever in the UK by the Australia Day FoundationReferences Edit a b c Mackrell Judith Steven McRae the ballet star who s a modern day Fred Astaire The Guardian Retrieved 14 February 2014 Steven McRae website of the Royal Opera House a b c Steven McRae Dancing at full throttle by Mark Monahan 26 April 2011 The Telegraph Peter Theodosiou 16 August 2012 Aaron on Ballet High Blacktown Advocate p 51 McRae is a fellow western Sydney resident having grown up in Plumpton Steven McRae Young Australian Achiever of the Year 2014 DanceTabs com Retrieved 2 May 2014 a b Steven McRae Q amp A interview by Bloch from 2014 9 min 31 s Royal Ballet Dream Symphonic Variations Marguerite and Armand announcement for the performance scheduled on 7 June 2017 Times Jennings Luke The Winter s Tale review a ballet to keep The Guardian Retrieved 3 June 2014 The Royal Ballet has created a monster with Frankenstein review The Telegraph Retrieved 11 May 2017 The Royal Ballet s Steven McRae on injury turning weakness into strength Gramilano 6 February 2016 a b Steven McRae Sometimes I feel 100 years old the pain and the ecstasy driving star of Swan Lake 22 March 2015 The Guardian Craine Debra Steven McRae I didn t think I would walk again We ve achieved the impossible ISSN 0140 0460 Retrieved 20 October 2021 October 17 Tristan Balagtas Pm 2021 05 31 Royal Ballet Dancer Steven McRae Will Return to the Stage 2 Years After He Snapped His Achilles Tendon PEOPLE com Retrieved 20 October 2021 CS1 maint numeric names authors list link Mead David Men at the Barre Inside the Royal Ballet SeeingDance Retrieved 20 October 2021 a b Steven McRae answers the Gramilano Questionnaire Dancers Edition with biography 4 April 2014 Gramilano Steven McRae interview en l air by Armando Braswell 17 August 2015 Steven McRae website of the ABT External links EditSteven McRae at IMDb Steven McRae website of The Royal Opera House Steven McRae performs Czardas during World Ballet Day 2015 website of The Royal Ballet Interview Steven McRae by Lyndsey Winship Time Out 25 February 2011 With Ballet I m like a superhero and each jump is a power move by Lindsey Winship London Evening Standard 25 February 2016 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Steven McRae amp oldid 1050953197, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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