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Michael Bruce Coleman (born 10 June 1940) is a British ballet dancer, a former dancer of The Royal Ballet and a character artist with the English National Ballet.

Early lifeEdit

Coleman, was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. He worked as a photographer's assistant then joined The Royal Ballet School, aged 15 before joining The Royal Ballet touring company in 1959 and then The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.


Coleman's notable stage performances with The Royal Ballet included Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), "The Concert" (Husband), Giselle, (Hilarion), Cinderella (Ugly Sister), "Song of the Earth" (Death), "La Fille Mal Gardee" (Colas), "Manon" (Lescaut), "The Sleeping Beauty" (Bluebird), "The Firebird", "Symphonic Variations", "Concerto", "Dances at a Gathering", "Monotones". Coleman has also appeared in the televised performances of Tales of Beatrix Potter (as Mr. Jeremy Fisher), The Slipper and The Rose, and as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker.

Coleman was also part of the original cast of Kenneth Macmillan's Elite Syncopations which premiered on 7 October 1974 in Covent Garden.[1]

Coleman first appeared with The English National Ballet in 1995 as a Guest Artist and continues to work with them in character roles in the UK and abroad.

He danced 'The Husband' in Jerome Robbins' The Concert.,[2] when the ballet was first staged at Covent Garden in a gala performance to celebrate the 80th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.


  1. ^ "Elite Syncopations". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  2. ^ "Michael Coleman | English National Ballet". Retrieved 2016-02-17.