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Royal Ballet principal dancer Nehemiah Kish to retire after nine years

Nehemiah Kish as Des Grieux in the Royal Ballet's Manon. Photo: Johan Persson
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Royal Ballet principal dancer Nehemiah Kish is to retire after nine years with the company.

He will leave at the end of the current season and gives his last performance on the Royal Opera House stage on June 14 in The Firebird.

Kish will then perform on tour with the Royal Ballet, giving his last performance on June 30 in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling.

Kish trained at the National Ballet School in Canada and joined the Royal Ballet in 2010, following stints with the Royal Danish Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.

Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare said Kish had “brought a keen intelligence to bear on many ballets, notably in the MacMillan repertory including Prince of the Pagodas, Manon and Romeo and Juliet”.

He added: “He has been a gracious and thoughtful partner and a great role model. I know that he’ll be much missed by the company and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best for his exciting next steps.”

Kish will begin studying the arts and cultural policy at Goldsmiths, University of London when he leaves the ballet company.

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