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Published: 25 May 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Reece Clarke as Espada in Don Quixote Credit: Andrej Uspenski
William Bracewell as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet Credit: Bill Cooper

Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare has announced that William Bracewell and Reece Clarke have been promoted to Principal dancer, to take effect from the start of the 2022–23 season.

Bracewell and Clarke both trained at The Royal Ballet School. Bracewell grew up in Swansea, Wales, and Clarke in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. They have both performed roles from 19thcentury classics and heritage ballets by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan through to works by choreographers of today including Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon. They will both star in Wheeldon’s new ballet Like Water for Chocolate, which receives its world première on 2 June.

O’Hare said, "both dancers are wonderful examples of the strength of training at The Royal Ballet School and will be an inspiration to the younger generation of boys studying dance. I know audiences will share in our delight at their good news and we look forward to seeing how their careers continue to develop."

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