Delia Mathews


Born: Rotorua, New Zealand

Trained: The Dance Education Centre, Tauranga, New Zealand, and the Royal Ballet School

Joined: 2008; Principal, 2017

Awards: Laureate, Prix de Lausanne, 2007; Dame Ninette de Valois Award for Most Outstanding Graduate from the Royal Ballet School, 2008; Runner-Up, Young British Dancer of the Year, 2006 & 2007.

Favourite full-length ballet: This has always been Swan Lake and having danced Odette/Odile it’s even more so. I love the music, the movement and being able to play two contrasting characters in the same show. 

Favourite costume: One of my favourites is my Sugar Plum Fairy tutu from The Nutcracker because it was made specifically for me. It’s a real treat to have a costume made-to-measure as they’re usually adapted from existing ones.


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)

Header image: Clothing and styling generously supplied by UK dancewear specialists Dans-ez