Xander Parish

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Xander Parish (Alexander Parish), is an English ballet dancer, notable as the first British dancer to be employed by the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Xander Parish (b.1986) was born in North Ferriby in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. He began dancing at the age of 8, at the Skelton-Hooper School in Kingston upon Hull, under the direction of Principal and former Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre soloist, Vanessa Hooper. In 1998, he was accepted into the Royal Ballet School, first attending the lower school at White Lodge, Richmond Park, then continuing his training at the upper school. He graduated into the Royal Ballet in 2005, as a member of the corps de ballet. He remained with the company for five years, before joining the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg, Russia in January 2010. He made his debut with the company performing the role of the poet in the ballet Chopiniana as a Coryphee, a corp member who may dance solo or even principle roles. He was just promoted to be a soloist in March, 2014. Xander has a sister, Demelza Parish, who is also a ballet dancer, currently employed by the Royal Ballet.[1]

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  • DGV, Danse a Grand Vitesse - Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
  • Seven Deadly Sins - Choreographer: William Tuckett



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