High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Xander Parish is an English ballet dancer. HE is most notable for being the first British dancer to be employed by the Mariinsky Ballet. XAnder Parish was born in North Ferriby in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. HE began dancing at the age of 8, at the Skelton-Hooper School in Kingston Upon Hull, under the direction of Principal, Vanessa Hooper. IN 1998, he was accepted into the Royal Ballet School, first attending the lower school at White Lodge, Richmond Park, then continuing his training at the upper school. HE graduated into the Royal Ballet in 2005, as a member of the corps de ballet. HE remained with the company for five years, before joining the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg, Russia in January 2010. XAnder has a sister, Demelza Parish, who is also a ballet dancer, currently employed by the Royal Ballet.