Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, has announced that Joseph Caley has been promoted to Lead Principal of English National Ballet. His promotion takes effect from 20 January 2018.
Joining Caley backstage following his performance as the Nephew in Nutcracker at the London Coliseum, Rojo announced his promotion in front of the Company.
Joe has made a wonderful contribution to English National Ballet in the few months since he joined, performing a variety of lead roles including James in La Sylphide, The Man in Song of the Earth, Romeo in Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, and the Nephew in Nutcracker.
In recognition of his incredible talent and professionalism I am thrilled to promote Joe to Lead Principal. I am in no doubt that he will continue to delight audiences throughout the upcoming season.
Caley was born in Hull, Caley and trained at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2005, and was promoted to Principal in 2011. He joined English National Ballet as Principal at the start of the 2017/2018 season. As a student, he was awarded medals in the Young British Dancer, Adeline Genée Awards and won a scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne.
He recently performed in Opening the New as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. He has been a guest artist with The Australian Ballet and with Star Dancer Ballet in Japan with Miyako Yoshida.
Caley will perform in Nutcracker, Song of the Earth, La Sylphide, and Le Jeunne Homme et la Mort at the London Coliseum this winter.
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