Ethnic heritage: Black British (Jamaican parents)
Year of birth: 1973
Training: Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools
Ballet career: Darren Panton was the first black dancer to graduate from the Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge. He has danced with Rambert Contemporary Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and London City Ballet. He also worked with the Royal Ballet’s Chance To Dance programme as a teacher.
Creative career: Panton has performed in many theatre productions including The Lion King and Notre Dame de Paris. He has appeared on television on The National Lottery Live and RAC commercials. In music videos, Panton has danced with artists like Blackstreet on Money Can’t Buy Love, Billie Piper and The Verve. He has performed with a wide array of artists including Beyonce, Usher, Diana Ross, Elton John and Kylie Minogue.
Panton’s varied career has also led him to be involved in fashion shows and he choreographed a Windrush Gala for the BBC. He has worked to build strong relationships between professional working artists and the community and has been an important role model at the Royal Opera House, The Place and the Greenhouse Charity organisation.