Wesley Branch

Dancer
Wesley Branch

Wesley was born and raised in East London. He trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and English National Ballet School. Past performance experience includes works by Kenneth MacMillan, Didy Veldman and Wayne Eagling. He joined Northern Ballet in 2019.

Learn more about Wesley

Where were you born and raised?

Leytonstone, London.

At what age did you start dancing?

I started ballet when I was nine years old.

Where did you train?

I started off my training at The Royal Ballet School's Junior Associate Programme and The Place's Centre for Advanced Training. I then went on to join Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. I moved back to London and completed three years of training at English National Ballet School, graduating in 2019.

Which Northern Ballet role would you most like to dance?

My favourite role would have to be Giacomo Casanova from Casanova.

Career and training highlights

My first professional performance was English National Ballet's My First Swan Lake. I was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship at The School at Jacob's Pillow, where I worked with inspiring choreographers like Didy Veldman, Ronald K. Brown and Cayetano Soto. Throughout my final years of training, I performed in Manon and The Nutcracker with English National Ballet.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

The constant drive to have something to work towards and the fact that there's always more to learn. However, most of all the buzz you get performing and entertaining an audience.

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

I've always said Disney's The Lion King has the possibility to be one of the most beautiful ballets.

What is your favourite book?

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Rice and peas.

How do you like to relax?

In my free time I enjoy baking cakes and bread.

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

If I wasn't a dancer I would probably have gone to university and joined the RAF.