After training at Bird College, Gary Avis trained at the Royal Ballet Upper School and was then invited into the Royal Ballet Company. Gary has danced many principal roles with The Royal Ballet in well over 2,000 performances of well over 100 ballet productions. Winning considerable praise from the critics, Gary has been described as one of the greatest dance actors in the history of The Royal Ballet. His most celebrated character roles include Drosselmeyer – The Nutcracker, Tybalt – Romeo and Juliet, Ugly Sisters – Cinderella, Monsieur GM and The Gaolor – Manon, Von Rothbart – Swan Lake, Orion – Sylvia and The Immortal Kostcheï – Firebird. As a dancer Gary continues to create roles for many of the world’s leading choreographers and had the privilege of partnering the great British Ballerina, Darcey Bussell in Christopher Wheeldon’s Danse a Grande Vitesse (Southbank Show Award and Olivier Award nominee) and Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s ‘Song of The Earth’, which was Darcey’s farewell performance at The Royal Opera House (broadcast live on BBC2). In addition to his work with The Royal Ballet, Gary has continued his partnership with Darcey Bussell around the country in the spectacular arena tour of Viva La Diva with Katherine Jenkins and also on the primetime BBC show Strictly Come Dancing. Gary also co-founded K-Ballet Company in Japan, appeared in two series of ‘Ballet Boyz’ on Channel 4 and enjoyed two wonderful seasons with English National Ballet where he received wonderful notices for his performance in Derek Dean’s Swan Lake at The Royal Albert Hall, for his performances as Tybalt in Rudolph Nureyev’s production of Romeo and Juliet and for his role as Drosselmeyer in Gerald Scarfe’s production of The Nutcracker. Gary Avis was also appointed Ballet Master to The Royal Ballet, in January 2010 and is proud to be a Patron of Chelsea Ballet and The Hunger Project UK. In June 2011 Gary was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University Campus Suffolk and in January 2012 Gary won the 2011 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance – Classical.