Désirée Ballantyne Soloist

Birthplace
Toronto, Canada

Training
Royal Ballet School
English National Ballet School

English National Ballet
Joined 1999, First Artist 2004, Soloist 2007

Favourite roles
Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Dream Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Clara in Christopher Hampson’s The Nutcracker

Career highlight
Dancing the girl in Hampson’s Trapéze at Sadler’s Wells

Other info
Toured to China with Zürich Ballet whilst still a student. Interested in independent film and contemporary music. She grew up and trained in London, speaks French

Best part of touring
Getting to see the world and also the way that it brings the Company together

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