Alexander Campbell is one of the most talented principal dancers currently dancing with The Royal Ballet company. Unlike most principal dancers destined for the stage, the 30-year-old Australian could have pursued a career in cricket.
At the age of 13, Alexander made the decision to prioritise his ballet training over cricket and football, but continued to play cricket in his spare time (much to the dismay of his ballet teachers)! Alexander’s father was a professional cricketer in his day, but was most well-known as a coach and administrator with Cricket New South Wales and as a result, young Alexander became a very talented left-handed batsman.
Sport played a crucial part in Alexander’s upbringing alongside his ballet training: “I was first exposed to cricket through my Dad, and so I have always had a love for the game. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a cricket bat or ball in my hand. It definitely had a positive impact on me as it gave me different things to focus on. Ballet training is so intense I’m not sure I would have coped without the opportunity to throw myself in to something completely different.”
After beginning to dance aged just six years old, Alexander trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet on graduation in 2005. He moved to The Royal Ballet as a soloist in 2011, promoted to first soloist in 2012 and then principal in 2016.
Alexander is a finely tuned and skilled athlete, performing at the highest level on one of the world’s most prestigious stages at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. He is also committed to eradicating any stigma still attached to young boys getting into dance.
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