Adam Ashcroft

Dancer
Adam Ashcroft

Adam is from Walthamstow in London. He took classes at Vestry School of Dance before going to Elmhurst Ballet School (Lower School) and then The Royal Ballet School (Upper School). He worked with the Estonian National Ballet from 2015 to 2018. He joined Northern Ballet in 2018.

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Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Walthamstow in East London and raised there until going away to Birmingham for secondary school.

At what age did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was 11 years old. I took classes at a small dance school for about a year before being offered a place at Elmhurst Ballet School and then joining mid-way through year 7.

Where did you train?

Vestry School for Dance for one year, Elmhurst Ballet School for five years and then The Royal Ballet School for three years.

Previous companies

I performed with the Estonian National Ballet for three years where I was part of the Corps de Ballet and given a number of opportunities to perform soloist roles; I learnt a lot during this time.

Career/training highlights

With Estonian National Ballet I performed as the Nutcracker Prince in 2018 which was my first principal role. I also got the chance to perform Kratt at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg with the Company in 2017, where many great dancers have performed before me. Finally, rehearsing Siegfried from Swan Lake in 2018 with the director of the Estonian National Ballet, Toomas Edur, was a valuable learning experience that I will never forget.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

I love listening to beautiful music every day. Also, taking a bow after a satisfying performance where both the audience and I know the show was great is very special.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

I would try to adapt one of my favourite books, War and Peace by Tolstoy, even though it would be tough to fit such an enormous story into just a few hours.

What is your favourite book?

That's a very difficult question. Alice in Wonderland made me laugh the most, War and Peace and Jane Eyre made me cry the most, Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman made me doubt myself the most and The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod made me affirm myself the most.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

My favourite meal after a show, if I could have it, would have to be my mum's roast chicken with potatoes, carrots and gravy, followed by her freshly baked carrot cake.

How do you like to relax?

Probably just playing on my Xbox or going for a beer (basic, I know).

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

I would like to go into health and fitness. Learning about the human body and mind has always been interesting to me. Maybe I would be a Physiotherapist or a Sports Psychiatrist.