Wayne Eagling (Montreal, 1950) trained as a dancer in California and at The Royal Ballet School in London. In 1969, he joined The Royal Ballet, where he became a leading principal dancer.
In 1991, he ended his dancing career and succeeded Rudi van Dantzig as the artistic director of Dutch National Ballet. Eagling has created several ballets for both The Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet, including the two full-length productions on which he collaborated with Toer van Schayk: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and The Magic Flute. Eagling also choreographed works for the Hong Kong Ballet, La Scala in Milan, the concert The Wall (performed on the occasion of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989), the videoclip I Want to Break Free by pop group Queen, and the opening of the big Vermeer exhibition in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
In 2003, Eagling left his position as artistic director of Dutch National Ballet. From 2005 to 2012, he held the same position with English National Ballet, for whom he created Resolution, Men Y Men and Nutcracker (based on his production with Toer van Schayk). Since 2012, Eagling has been working as a freelance choreographer. In this position, he created, among others, a Sleeping Beauty for the New National Theatre in Japan (with costumes by Toer van Schayk) in 2014 and, together with Tamás Solymosi, another new version of Nutcracker, especially for the dancers of the Hungarian National Ballet.