Stuart Cassidy

Vocational and Pre-professional Programme ballet teacher

Stuart initially joined The Royal Ballet School as a Junior Associate before joining the School’s full-time training programme. Upon graduating from the School, Stuart joined The Royal Ballet, where he performed with the Company for 13 years.

While still in the corps de ballet, he made his debut as Romeo in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. He was in the corps ballet for two years, before being promoted to Soloist, First Soloist and Principal at the end of his fourth season. Stuart performed roles in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballets, including the Salamander in Prince of the Pagodas, Lescaut in Manon, the lead Officer in Mayerling, Paris and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the cousin in The Invitation, the Drum Major in Different Drummer, Solyony and Vershinin in Winter Dreams, the Husband and Officer in Anastasia, the man in Las Hermanas, The Judas Tree, Gloria, Concerto, Song of the Earth and Requiem.

He performed in Frederick Ashton’s repertory including Colas in La fille mal gardée, the Prince in Cinderella, Daphnis in Daphnis and Chloe, Les Rendezvous and Les Painters. He was also chosen by Sir Anthony Dowell to recreate his role in Thaïs Pas de Deux.  He performed roles in renowned Balanchine ballets, including Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Agon, Rubies and Symphony in C and Christian in Cyrano, Galantries and the Planets in David Bintley’s works.

Other leading roles include Prince Siegfried in Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake in which he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House New York, Albrecht in Peter Wright’s production of Giselle, The Prince in Ninette de Valois and Anthony Dowell’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, Basilio and Espada in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Don Quixote, the Prince in Peter Wrights The Nutcracker and Jean de Brienne in Nureyev’s Raymonda.

In 1999 he left The Royal Ballet to become a founding member of K. Ballet Company, dancing in all of the company’s performances including Tetsuya Kumakawa’s production of Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Madame Butterfly, Ashton’s Thaïs, Rhapsody and Symphonic Variations, Petit’s Carmen, Bintley’s Flowers of the forest, Dolin’s Variation’s for Four, Christopher Wheeldon’s Pavane, Adam Cooper’s Six Faces, Simon Rice’s The Vary People and The Birds and B’s and Matthew Heart’s Cry Baby Kreisler. He became Assistant Director in 2010.

Stuart is a qualified Pilates Instructor and has completed his Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma with The Royal Academy of Dance (receiving a distinction). He has been a guest teacher at many schools including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand School of Dance, English National Ballet School and K-Ballet School in Tokyo. In September 2023, Stuart joined The Royal Ballet School Upper School as a ballet teacher.

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