International Ballet Dancer
American dancer Eric Underwood is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2006 as a First Artist and was promoted to Soloist in 2008. In his first Season with the Company he created roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. He has gone on to create roles for Wheeldon in Aeternum, Electric Counterpoint and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (the Caterpillar), and for McGregor in Chroma, Infra, Acis and Galatea, Live Fire Exercise, Raven Girl, Tetractys, Woolf Works, Obsidian Tear and Multiverse. Underwood was born in Washington D.C. and at age 14 began training locally with Barbara Marks. At the end of his first year he joined the School of American Ballet, later winning the school’s Philip Morris Foundation Scholarship. He graduated into the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2000 and was promoted to soloist at the end of the season, before moving to American Ballet Theatre in 2003. His repertory there included Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, High Brahmin in La Bayadère, Officer in Cinderella, Gaoler and Gentleman in Manon, Apollo in Sylvia and roles in The Four Temperaments, Agon, Work Within Work and In the Upper Room. Underwood’s Royal Ballet repertory includes Gaoler in Manon, Rasputin in Anastasia, Consort to the Queen of Fire in Homage to The Queen, Mrs. Pettitoes in Tales of Beatrix Potter, Southern Cape Zebra in ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café, Tryst and roles in Afternoon of a Faun, Serenade, Qualia, Aeternum, The Four Temperaments and After the Rain (pas de deux). For The Royal Opera he has danced in Faust, directed by David McVicar.