Spotlight on: Delia Mathews

Following on from our previous post, we're thrilled to shine a spotlight on our newest female principal dancer, Delia Mathews. Read on for all you need to know!

Who is Delia?

Delia Mathews was born in New Zealand in 1990 and started dancing when she was only five years old, training with Prue and Debbie Gooch at the Dance Education Centre, Tauranga.

Throughout her early career, Delia achieved success in competitions around New Zealand, receiving Distinctions in her ballet exams and having proved herself considerably, moved to England at the age of 15 to study at The Royal Ballet School. While studying, Delia danced with the Royal Ballet Company in La Bayadere and here at BRB in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Orpheus Suite. After graduating from the three year course with the Dame Ninette De Valois Award (for the most outstanding graduate), Delia was accepted full time into BRB in 2008 becoming First Artist in 2012, Soloist in 2014, First Soloist in 2016 and Principal in 2017.

What do the press say?

Matthews is exceptionally musical, not only in her eerie precision as far as simply keeping time is concerned but she and Tchaikovsky blend into one.... Some of the most passionate and despairing music ever written is turned into flesh and blood before our eyes and the two elements of movement and music become one of the most precious of all art forms, known as classical ballet. [...] The show belongs to Matthews. How rare it is to see a dancer finding a role through instinct.

The Express on Swan Lake

Tall, slender, she has a fleet elegance and is warmly musical, her movement is generous and unhurried [...]Her acting [is] nuanced and the feeling of a deep power for good within her character came over.

Dance Tabs on Cinderella


Alana Haines Australasian Award, 2005; second place, Young British Dancer of the Year, 2006, 2007; Jury's Special Award, Beijing Ballet Dance Schools' Invitational, 2006; Prix de Lausanne Laureate, 2007; Dame Ninette de Valois Award, 2008.

Frederick Ashton: Les Rendezvous (lead couple) A Month in the Country (Natalia Petrovna), Enigma Variations (Isabel Fitton), The Dream (Hermia)
George Balanchine: Serenade
David Bintley: Cinderella (title role, Skinny, 'Winter'), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), The Prince of the Pagodas (Empress Épine), Galanteries, Sylvia (Huntress, Diana's Followers) and Flowers of the Forest ('Scottish Ballad'), and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle (Myrtha)
Gillian Lynne after Robert Helpmann: Miracle in the Gorbals (The Suicide)
Kenneth MacMillan: Pavane, Elite Syncopations ('Bethena Concert Waltz', 'Calliope Rag'), and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)
Twyla Tharp: In the Upper Room
Alexander Whitley: Kin. (lead couple)
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy), The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Joy, Fairy of Modesty, pas de quatre), Coppélia ('Prayer') and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Hungarian Princess, Two Swan Maidens)