Gary trained at The Linda Shipton School of Dancing in modern, ballet and tap before leaving Ipswich at the age of 16 to attend Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in his third year of the course he was offered a place at The Royal Ballet Upper School and in 1989 was offered a full-time contract with The Royal Ballet Company.
With an international career now in its 33rd year, Gary has danced many principal roles with The Royal Ballet in well over 3,000 performances of well over 100 different ballet productions at The Royal Opera House and around the globe.
His most celebrated Principal Character Artist roles include Drosselmeyer – The Nutcracker, Tybalt and Lord Capulet – Romeo and Juliet, Ugly Sisters – Cinderella, Monsieur GM and The Gaolor – Manon, Von Rothbart – Swan Lake, Orion – Sylvia, Sir Edward Elgar – Enigma Variations, The Duchess – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Kostcheï – The Firebird, Tsar Nicholas II – Anastasia, Prince Gremin -Onegin, The Emperor – Prince Of The Pagodas, Kulygin – Winter Dreams, The Husband – The Invitation and The High Brahmin in La Bayadere.
As a dancer Gary continues to create roles for many of the world’s leading choreographers most recently in Christopher Wheeldon’s Winter’s Tale and Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works in which he partnered Prima Ballerina Alessandra Ferri and The Dante Project which had its World Premiere at The Royal Opera House in October 2021.
Perhaps most notably, Gary had the privilege of partnering the great British Ballerina, Darcey Bussell in Christopher Wheeldon’s award winning Danse à grande vitesse and Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s ‘Song of The Earth’, which was Darcey’s farewell performance at The Royal Opera House (broadcast live on BBC2) where both Darcey and Gary shared the stage with the Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta. He went on to partner her on BBC One’s iconic show Strictly Come Dancing and on a national arena tour of Viva la Diva with Katherine Jenkins. He was also by her side for her return to the stage at The Royal Opera House a decade later in 2018 when they danced Sir Frederick Ashton’s Tango from Façade together at a gala celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Margot Fonteyn.
Gary left the Royal Ballet for five years in 1999 to co-founded K-Ballet Company in Japan, appeared in two series of ‘Ballet Boyz’ on Channel 4 and enjoyed two wonderful seasons with English National Ballet where he received wonderful notices for his performance in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake at The Royal Albert Hall, as Tybalt in Rudolph Nureyev’s production of Romeo and Juliet and for his role as Drosselmeyer in Christopher Hampson & Gerald Scarfe’s production of The Nutcracker.
Returning to the Royal Ballet Company in 2004, he was appointed as Principal Character Artist in 2006, Ballet Master in January 2010 and Senior Ballet Master in 2019. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of Suffolk and won the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Classical Performance in 2011 and 2019. Gary was presented with an MBE by HM Queen in 2018.
Gary supports a wide variety of charitable causes including Suffolk Community Foundation’s Arts and Culture Fund. He directed and appeared in two charity galas in Suffolk in 2011 and 2016 raising over £150,000.
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