Patron of The Hunger Project
Gary Avis is an English ballet dancer, Principal Character Dancer and Ballet Master with The Royal Ballet.
Gary led The Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis and Friends September 2011. This was the first regional World Hunger Day event and took place at the largest theatre in East Anglia. It will also the first time that dancers from both The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet had taken to the stage at this theatre since the 1960’s. Learn more | Thanks | The Event on Flickr | Tim’s Review
Read Gary’s article in August’s Suffolk Magazine | Watch The Video: Steven McRae & Gary Avis talk about Hunger
Born in Ipswich, he began studying dance locally at the age of 12, later attending the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in Sidcup, Kent. Whilst studying at the college, he was encouraged to audition for the Royal Ballet School and was successful in winning a place. On completing his training at the school, he joined The Royal Ballet in September 1989. He was promoted to First Artist in September 1993 and Soloist in September 1995.
He left the company in January 1999 to become one of the founders of K-ballet in Japan. In 2002 he joined English National Ballet as a First Soloist and later rejoined The Royal Ballet in September 2004. He was later appointed as Principal Character Artist and Ballet Master.
As both Principal Character Dancer and Ballet Master for The Royal Ballet, Gary has had an amazing career in dance over the past 20 years. In addition to many thousands of performances at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Gary has performed at major venues all over the world. Having received much praise from the critics for his performances in leading roles in many of ballet’s most classic productions including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, Gary is probably best know to wider audiences for partnering Darcey Bussell in her farewell performance at Covent Garden (broadcast live on BBC2) and subsequently performing with Darcey on both ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and as a special guest on the Viva La Diva National Arena Tour with Katherine Jenkins.
Having danced many times for charitable causes as diverse as breast cancer and the Tsunami Appeal, Gary is also a regular supporter of ‘Dancing for the Children’, a charity set up by fellow Royal Ballet dancer Mara Galeazzi. He is particularly honoured to support The Hunger Project in its inspiring work and is a very active Patron.
Gary Avis, Suffolk-born star of the Royal Ballet and Patron of THP UK led the Gala hosted by another THP UK Patron, Angela Rippon OBE. Learn more about our Patrons.
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