Paul Lewis

Vocational and Pre-professional Programme ballet teacher

Paul started ballet at the age of 10, training with Leo Kersley. He then joined The Legat School and The Royal Ballet School before embarking on his professional career with Northern Ballet Theatre in 1984.

In his first professional year he danced Florestan pas de trois in Sleeping Beauty and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Robert De Warren. In 1985 he joined The Royal Ballet of Flanders as a junior soloist. There he danced The Teacher in Fleming Flindt’s The Lesson as well as roles by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Auguste Bournonville, Violette Verdi and Valerie Panov. Paul returned to Northern Ballet Theatre in 1989 as a soloist. He created many roles for Christopher Gable including Hilarion in Giselle and Rothbart in Swan Lake.

Paul joined English National Ballet in 1992 and was quickly promoted to soloist. He danced Tybalt in Rudolph Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet and many other roles in the company repertoire. He also created the role of Rothbart for Derek Deane’s Swan Lake ‘in the round’ and although he left the company in 1999 to pursue a teaching career, Paul has returned many times as a Guest Character Artist and company teacher.

Paul became the 2nd year boys’ teacher at Central School of Ballet in 2005 where he stayed for five years. He joined English National Ballet School in September 2010 as 3rd Year boys’ Teacher and Artistic Co-ordinator.

Paul has taught in the USA, Japan, twice at the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School and as a guest teacher at Paris Opera Ballet School in October 2015. Paul returned to The Royal Ballet School as the 1st Year men’s teacher in November 2013.

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