Lauren Cuthbertson
(11 June 1984)
by Johan Persson
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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 became the youngest Principal of the company in June 2008. 

In 2007 Cuthbertson won an Arts and Culture Women of the Future Award. Other awards include silver medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2006 and the 2004 Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical). Devoted to inspiring the next generation of dancers, she is an active patron of both National Youth Ballet and London Children’s Ballet.

Her roles with the Company have included Juliet, Manon, Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Giselle and Odette/Odile (Swan Lake). Christopher Wheeldon created the title role of his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Cuthbertson, describing her ‘unique ability to make her dramatic persona on stage natural, honest, fresh and to the point’. Cuthbertson’s other role creations include Hermione (Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale) and in Wayne McGregor’s Tetractys.