First Soloist

Maureya Lebowitz


Born: Malibu, California

Trained: Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Canada

Joined: 2011; First Soloist, 2018

Most challenging role: Aurora in Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Sleeping Beauty is a celebration of English classical ballet famous for its virtuosity, purity and the challenging stamina required for the extra pas de deux.

Dream role: The Girl in MacMillan’s The Judas Tree. It’s devastating, disturbing and demanding, highlighting the darkest psychology of MacMillan’s work. The women who have excelled in that role I hold in the highest esteem.

Pre-show preparation: A power nap, an espresso and some dark chocolate.

Awards: Youth American Grand Prix 2007 finalist; Prince Edward Award 2007.


With Birmingham Royal Ballet

Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Lise), Les Rendezvous (pas de trois), Dante Sonata (Lead Child of Darkness), The Dream (Peaseblossom, Cobweb), The Two Pigeons (Gypsy), Daphnis and Chloe (Pirate, Shepherdess)
David Bintley: Cinderella (Title role, Spring), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Aladdin (Princess Badr al-Budur, Saphire), Far from the Madding Crowd (Fanny Robin), Tombeaux (Principal woman), Far from the Madding Crowd (Fanny Robin), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Utah Longhorn Ram), E=mc² ('Celeritas²'), Flowers of the Forest (Four Scottish Dances), Take Five, Hobson's Choice, (Salvation Army), Faster, Carmina burana and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle ('Harvest pas de deux', Moyna)
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Title role, Blanche), The Taming of the Shrew (pas de deux)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces
Kenneth MacMillan: Elite Syncopations ('The Golden Hours'), La Fin du jour (Second couple) and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet's Friends)
Hans van Manen: Grosse Fuge
Marius Petipa: Don Quixotte: pas de deux (Kitri)
Ninette de Valois: Checkmate
Peter Wright:
The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Enchanted Princess, Fairy of Temperament, Fairy of Modesty, pas de quatre), Coppélia (Swanilda), The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (pas de trois, Hungarian Princess, Cygnets)

With Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada

George Balanchine:Concerto Barocco
Rudi Van Dantzig: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)

Header image: Clothing (except for tutu) generously supplied by UK dancewear specialists Dans-ez