Alum | Lachlan Monaghan
Lachlan Monaghan, Principal Dancer at Birmingham Royal Ballet
As a child, Lachlan Monaghan was originally drawn to tap dancing. He was later encouraged to start ballet. He trained at The McDonald College and won a Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship in 2009, which saw him train for two weeks at The Royal Ballet School in London.
Following this opportunity, he was offered a scholarship to do further training at the Royal Ballet for two years. He won a bronze medal at the 2010 Genée International Ballet Competition.
While still a student, he performed with The Royal Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet as Mercutio, which he cites as one his most rewarding roles “living his incredible story and then having Romeo squeeze your lifeless body after your death is heart-wrenching and unforgettable.”
In 2012, he accepted a position at the Birmingham Royal Ballet. In 2023, he was promoted to Principal Dancer, working his way up from First Artist and Soloist.
His repertoire includes roles in Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund, Bluebird), La Fille mal Gardée (Colas) and The Nutcracker (Prince).
He has also created roles for various choreographers such as David Bintley, Jessica Lang, Didy Veldman, Jack Lister and George Williamson.
A truly well-rounded artist, he is also a keen tap dancer, pianist and photographer – with a BA in Business (Honours) from The Open University.