Steven McRae was born in Sydney, Australia. In 2003, he joined the Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship, having also received a RAD Solo Seal Award, and the Adeline Genée Gold medal in 2002. He joined The Royal Ballet in 2004 and became a Principal in 2009.
Steven's classical roles include Prince Florimund/Désiré (The Sleeping Beauty), the Prince (Cinderella and The Nutcracker), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Colas (La Fille Mal Gardée), Solor (La Bayadère), Oberon (Ashton's The Dream), James (La Sylphide) and Albrecht (Giselle). His MacMillan repertoire includes Des Grieux (Manon), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet) and the Chosen One (The Rite of Spring).
In contemporary dance, he has worked with such acclaimed choreographers as Christopher Bruce, Alastair Marriott, Alexei Ratmansky, Kim Brandstrup, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon (he created the Spirit of Fire in Homage to the Queen, and the Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), and Wayne McGregor (Chroma, Limen, Carbon Life).
He has performed as a guest artist with major ballet companies around the world, including recent engagements with American Ballet Theatre, Tokyo Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, The Australian Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada. He won the 2007 Emerging Male Artist (Classical) and the 2012 Best Male Dancer awards at the Critics' Circle Dance Awards. In 2014, he was named Young Australian of the Year by the Australia Day Foundation.
Steven is the inspiration for the main character in a new Japanese ballet manga, Ballet Hero Fantasy, as well as for the book Steven McRae - Dancer in the Fast Lane by Andrej Uspenski, The Royal Ballet/Oberon Books (both available from Amazon). In 2013, he also starred in the Baileys advert “Christmas With Spirit”, a contemporary recreation of The Nutcracker choreographed by Benjamin Millepied.
Steven holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Management and Leadership.
Photos by Rick Guest