Eric Underwood joins Royal Ballet 

© Photograph by Rick Guest, 2015

Eric Underwood joined the company in 2006 and was promoted to soloist only two years later in 2008. While in his first season with the Royal Ballet he created roles for Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse a grande vitesse and Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. In later years with the company also created roles in Aeternum, Electric Counterpoint and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Infra, Acis and Galatea, Live Fire Exercise, Raven Girl, Tetractys, Woolf Works, Obsidian Tear, and Multiverse. Underwood danced in the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2000 and American Ballet Theatre in 2003








  • Apr 27 Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City
  • Jun 29 Hamdan v Rumsfeld: The U.S Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S and international law


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  • Jan 24 Walt Disney International announces that it is buying Pixar
  • Mar 10 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars
  • Jun 11 60th Tony Awards: Jersey Boys & History Boys win
  • Jul 3 Lily Allen releases her debut single “Smile”
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