Norwegian Dancer – From Breakdance to London’s Royal Ballet


Norwegian dancer Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød (21) started his professional dancing education at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet in Oslo. He was the first Norwegian boy to be enrolled at the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London.

He was interested in dance already when he went in first grade grammar school, breakdance at that time. However, his mother convinced him to study classical dance, and in 2010 he participated in ballet classes six days a week.

Norwegian Dancer - From Breakdance to London’s Royal Ballet
Torgeir Lund, Syvert Lorenz Garcia and Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød in Ballet Boys

He is quite well known for his starring role in the Norwegian 2014 Ballet Boys documentary film. The film follows three secondary school friends on their dance journey in Oslo. Part of the documentary’s charm lies in the different traits of the starring trio, Lukas and his co-dancers Syvert Lorenz Garcia and Torgeir Lund.

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Ballet Boys poster

Unfortunately the film only takes us to the first year of college, and we are left wondering what happened to the boys.

Norwegian Dancer - From Breakdance to London’s Royal Ballet
Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød

It is however well known that Lucas later trained at the Royal Ballet Upper School. His awards at the School included second prize at the 2013 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance and first prize at the 2014 Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award. The Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award was created in 1973 to encourage choreographic talent.

In 2015 he graduated into The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme and joined the Company as an artist in 2016.

His work as a choreographer with The Royal Ballet included a piece for Draft Works 2017.

Norwegian Dancer – From Breakdance to London’s Royal Ballet, written by Tor Kjolberg