Leigh Alderson

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Leigh Alderson
Born (1986-12-05) 5 December 1986 (age 30)
Origin Northern Ireland
Genres Film, Ballet, Theatre, Performer
Years active 1998- Present
Website leighalderson.weebly.com

Leigh Alderson (born 1986) is a male ballet dancer, model and actor from Portadown, Northern Ireland.

Alderson trained at The Royal Ballet School performing in Rudi Van Dantzig’s Four Last Songs in Toronto and Stuttgart before graduating in 2006. He joined Scottish Ballet dancing works by Ashley Page, Forsythe and Trisha Brown and Pastor and works by Richard Wherlock with New English Contemporary Ballet, later joining Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada and guesting with Cork City Ballet. With Les Grands Ballets Canadiens he performed in works by Stijn Celis, Stephan Thoss, The Snake in Veldman’s Petit Prince, Kylian’s Kaguyahime and The Prince in Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty.

Film and TV work has included the Canadian horror film Undress Me (2017), Street Dance 3D (2010), Angel (2009), the BBC documentary series; Lost to Dance (1998) and God Given Gift (2005/07). Awards include Royal Ballet School Achievement Award (2005 & 2006) Lynne Seymour Award for Most Expressive Dancer (2004), The NJL Choreographic Development Award (2005) and The Ulster Tatler Arts Personality of the Year Award (2009 & 2010).

Documentaries, film and TV[edit]

The BBC produced three documentary films about him, the first, Lost To Dance broadcast in October 1998, the second A God Given Gift in September 2005, and the third,[1] also A God Given Gift in December 2007. All Directed and Produced by documentary film maker Clare DeLargy. The 2007 biography of Fredrick Franklin notes Franklin's involvement with Alderson and his involvement in Alderson's 2005 and 2007 BBC documentaries[2]

Alderson began filming the independent film 'Angel' in June 2009 with co-star ballet dancer Kyle Davey. The film features the score of Scottish singer, Jerry Burns and is directed by David Council. The film had its premiere screening in The Market Place Theatre at The Stars Of The Arts Gala 2010 on 19 June. An official trailer was released in July for a limited time only to mark its impending release onto iTunes worldwide. The film made its premier at the Market Place Theatre at the 2010 'Stars Of The Arts Gala' and was subsequently shown at the Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand and also the 10th Annual Two Short Nights Film Festival.

In July 2009, it was announced that Alderson would be attached as a featured dancer in Vertigo Films, StreetDance that commenced shooting mid August 2009 and is to be released in May 2010. The film subsequently became #1 at the UK boxoffice.

Alderson was the featured artist on BBC's arts and culture series Art Space. Alderson was featured in the sixth and final episode of season one which was telelvised on Wednesday 2 June 2010 on BBC1.[citation needed]

'Flight of Freedom and Karin Pritzel[edit]

Flight of Freedom was the product of a collaborative photo-shoot between Alderson and award-winning photographer from Dublin, Ireland. The photo first came to media attention in New York with the help of famed fashion designer Malan Breton when he chose it to be his official muse for his 2010 Spring Collection. Shortly after that the piece of art became an award-winning photograph. It was then commissioned as a large scale art piece which was auctioned off at The NCAD gallery in Dublin, which was organized by Fairley Pilaro in aid Of Operation Smile, a charity that raises money for children to have cleft palate operations in poor and underdeveloped countries. The picture was once again auctioned off for the Stars Of The Arts Gala in aid of the Haiti Appeal.[3][4] In 2011 it came into the media attention again when it was selected to be included in a new book which was a collection of art and famous inspiring quotes. The book 'Quoted Moments' was launched in July 2011 and in association with the Irish Cancer Society

Books and published material[edit]

In 2007, Leslie Norton published a biography of Fredrick Franklin and documented Franklin's involvement with Alderson and his 2005 and 2007 BBC documentaries.[2] The book made available in all good bookstore and also available to purchase online.

In 2009, whilst still a dancer with New English Contemporary Ballet, Alderson featured in Jim Rowbothams' photography book 'Strictly Ballet'. In 2010, French author Sébastien Simoni dedicated his latest novel, Labyrinthik to Alderson. The French horror novel went on sale in September 2010.

In 2011, Karin Pritzels, award-winning picture of Alderson 'Flight of Freedom' was selected to be included in a new book which was a collection of art and famous inspiring quotes. The book 'Quoted Moments' was launched in July 2011 and in association with the Irish Cancer Society.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award Category About Result
2010 Ulster Tatler - People Of The Year Awards 2010 Arts Personality Of The Year 2010 Himself Nominated
2009 Ulster Tatler - People Of The Year Awards 2009 Arts Personality Of The Year 2009 Himself Nominated
2006 The Royal Ballet School Achievement Award N/A Himself Won
2005 The Royal Ballet School Achievement Award N/A Himself Won
2005 The NJL Sponsored Choreographic Development Award Choreographic Development Himself Won
2004 The Lynne Seymour Award Most Expressive Dancer Himself Won

TV, film and documentary[edit]

Year Title Production Style Role
2018 Monachopsis Summerhouse Films Feature Film Unicorn
2017 Undress Me Independent Short Eric
2011 Atlantic Ballet Theatre Of Canada Presents 'Ghosts Of Violence' Valkaline Productions Independent Ballet Film Male Lead/ 'HE'
2010 Art Space BBC Television Program Featured Star Profile
2010 StreetDance 3D Vertigo Films Feature Film Featured Dancer
2009 Angel Concept&Graph Films Independent Short Film Star
2007 A God Given Gift 2 BBC Documentary Film Star
2005 A God Given Gift BBC Documentary Film Star
1998 Lost To Dance BBC Documentary Film Star

Ballet companies[edit]

Ballet Company Years Active Country Role
Ballet Ireland 2017 – present Ireland Ballet Dancer
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens 2013 – 2017 Canada Demi-Soloist
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada 2010 – 2013 Canada Soloist Dancer
Cork City Ballet 2008 – present Ireland Guest Artist
New English Contemporary Ballet 2009 United Kingdom Soloist Dancer
Scottish Ballet 2006–2008 Scotland, UK Corps De Ballet
The Royal Ballet 2005–2006 London Cover, Extra, Dancer


Title Release Date EP/Single Format
Boy 25 June 2013 Album iTunes/Amazon/Sony Music LTD
I Felt Space Or So I Thought 18 August 2011 Single iTunes Worldwide (digital)/ Physical CD


  1. ^ "BBC - TV - On Now". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b L. Norton & F. Franklin, (2007), Frederic Franklin: A Biography Of A Ballet Star, McFarland, pp 208-210 ISBN 978-0-7864-3051-2
  3. ^ Stars Of The Arts Gala, Leigh Alderson Official Website
  4. ^ "quotedmoments.com". quotedmoments.com. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 

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