Lauren Cuthbertson

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Lauren Cuthbertson
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Lauren Cuthbertson as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty
Nationality British
Occupation Ballet dancer
Portrait of a Dancer - Lauren Cuthbertson from Nowness

Lauren Cuthbertson (born 11 June 1984) is an English ballerina and a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London.

Early life and education[edit]

Lauren Cuthbertson was born in Devon in 1984. She began studying dance at a local dance school run by Pamela De Waal (now the Buckingham Dance Studios in Paignton), becoming focused on classical ballet when she was offered a place on the Royal Ballet School's Junior Associate Programme. As a junior associate, she took part in weekly classes based on the Royal Ballet School training system. These are held in major cities throughout the UK, for young dancers who show a particular aptitude for ballet.

Cuthbertson later auditioned successfully for a permanent place at the Royal Ballet School based at White Lodge, Richmond Park. She attended the school from the age of 11-16 and was then offered a place to further her training at the upper school from the age of 16-17.


She joined The Royal Ballet in February 2002, as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in September 2003, first soloist in September 2006 and then principal in June 2008.[1] The position of principal is the highest rank in the ballet company and identifies her as one of the leading dancers.[2]

In 2011, the Royal Ballet premiered its first new full-length ballet in 16 years; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Cuthbertson originated the title role of Alice in the ballet, to acclaim from dance critics.[3] In 2014, she originated the role of Queen Hermione in a second full-length ballet; The Winter's Tale.[3]


Cuthbertson's awards include:[4]

  • Arts and Culture Women of the Future Award 2007
  • Varna International Ballet Competition (Silver) 2006
  • Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Classical Artist Nominated for The Southwark Newcomer Award 2004
  • Adeline Genée Award (Silver)
  • Young British Dancer of the Year (Gold)
  • Dame Ninette de Valois Award 2001–2002
  • Phyllis Bedell Prize Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance Young British Dancer of the Year (Silver) 2000


  1. ^ "Lauren Cuthbertson". Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Boxharry CMS. "About Lauren". Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Murphy, Siobhan. "Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson: Nothing is insurmountable". The Metro. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Boxharry CMS. "Awards". Retrieved 12 November 2015. 

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