Sean Bates

Junior Soloist
Sean Bates

Sean is from Milton Keynes. He trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined Northern Ballet in 2012.

Learn more about Sean

Where were you born and raised?

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

At what age did you start dancing?

Age 3.

Where did you train?

The Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools.


  • Young British Dancer of the Year 2009 – 2nd place
  • RAD Adeline Genée Award – Silver Medal
  • Phyllis Bedells RAD Award – Joint 1st place
  • Ursula Moreton Choregraphic Competition at the Royal Ballet School – 1st place

What are your favourite Northern Ballet roles?

Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as it was my first leading role and played well to my strengths.

Career highlights

Performing Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream for my hometown in Milton Keynes.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

The balance between focusing on physicality and artistry and showing off!

Random Flickr photos from the album Sean Bates by Northern Ballet

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

I read Jane Eyre a couple years ago and thought it could make a wonderful ballet.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Anything with a big group of friends or colleagues and with multiple courses.