Nicola Tranah

Vocational and Pre-professional Programme Ballet Teacher

Nicola Tranah trained at The Royal Ballet School. In her final year at White Lodge, she was chosen for the Paris Opera Ballet School exchange where she studied with teachers Franchetti, Mayer and Claude Bessy. She joined the Dutch National Ballet in 1982, dancing in the ‘Young Stars’ Programme, and in 1984 she joined The Royal Ballet Company where she enjoyed a career spanning 19 years.

She danced a wide range of Principal roles including Gamzatti (La Bayadère), Princess Belle Epine (Prince of the Pagodas), Myrtha (Giselle), Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty), Fairy Godmother (Cinderella), Hostess (Les Biches), and Mistress (Manon), and creating roles in Macmillan’s Winter Dreams (Olga) and Prince of the Pagodas (Lead Cloud). She danced in works by David Bintley, Ashley Page, Wayne Eagling and Michael Corder and worked closely with renowned choreographers including Ashton, Robbins, Forsythe, Tetley, van Dantzig, Jacobson and Carlson.

Following retirement from The Royal Ballet in 2003, she guested with Sylvie Guillem, at K-Ballet, in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (the Queen), English National Opera’s Nixon in China and at Darcey Bussell’s farewell gala.

Nicola gained her ARAD PDTC teaching diploma in 2005. Since joining The Royal Ballet School Artistic faculty in 2008, she has taught extensively internationally including guesting at the Paris Opera Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre Studio Company.


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