Benois de la Danse nominee

Matthew Golding was born in 1985, Saskatchewan, Canada. He began his full time ballet training at the age of 14 with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School of Canada and then studying with The Universal Ballet Academy in Washington D. C. 

In 2002, he was awarded the Grand Prix at the Youth American Ballet Competition in New York. He also received a prize scholarship at The Prix de Lausanne Ballet Competition to attend the Royal Ballet School in London. He then studied and graduated with The Royal Ballet School of 2003 and then joined The American Ballet Theater in New York.

In 2009 he joined The Het National Ballet in Amsterdam, where now he's currently dancing as a Principal dancer. His repertoire consists of the main classical ballet's, guest appearing with The Mariinsky Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Teatro de Roma, The Nureyev Ballet Festival in Kazan. He has worked with Natalia Makarova, Sir Peter Wright, Alexei Ratmansky, John Neumeier, Christopher Weeldon, Twyla Tharp, Hans van Manen, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon.

In 2010, he performed the role of Basilo in dvd filming of Alexei Ratmansky's “Don Quixote” with Het National Ballet. Also in 2010, he was awarded the Alexandra Radius Prize for most outstanding dancer. Most recently he performed for the cinematic filming of the The Nutcracker by Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schaick, dancing the lead role of the Prince. He was nominated for the Benois de la Danse Prize in 2012.