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James Barton

Born on the Wirral, James Barton studied at Elmhurst School for Dance. As a student, he performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet in Beauty and the Beast, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Rite of Spring, The Lady and the Fool and Hobson's Choice. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2006 and was promoted to First Artist in 2011; Soloist 2012.

Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée, (Alain, Widow Simone), The Dream (Puck), Enigma Variations (Hew David Steuart Powell) and Daphnis and Chloë (Shepherd).
George Balanchine: Stravinsky Violin Concerto
David Bintley: Aladdin (Djinn of the Lamp), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Texas Kangaroo Rat), The Prince of the Pagodas (King of the West), Sylvia (Magog), Cyrano (Cooks, Cadets), Hobson's Choice (Creditors), Carmina burana (Seminarians), Take Five ('Four Square'), The Dance House (Third Movement) and Faster
Kim Brandstrup: Pulcinella
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Jasper)
Mikhail Fokine: Petrushka (title role)
Oliver Hindle: The Four Seasons ('Autumn')
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Concerto (First Movement) and Elite Syncopations ('Alaskan Rag')
Twyla Tharp: Nine Sinatra Songs ('Somethin' Stupid')
Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker ('Russian Dance') and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Benno, Neapolitan Dance)

He created roles in Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces and David Bintley's Faster.

Second place, Young British Dancer of the Year, 2005

James Barton; photo: Tim Cross

James Barton; photo: Tim Cross


Faster Take Five Cinderella Lyric Pieces The Nutcracker Enigma Variations Theme and Variations Elite Syncopations Nine Sinatra Songs 

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