Alina Cojocaru to Join English National Ballet

July 15, 2013

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Alina Cojocaru to Join English National Ballet


Aline Cojocaru

Alina Cojocaru and Alexandre Riabko in La Dame aux Camelias

Alina Cojocaru, one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, is to join English National Ballet.

Speaking of her new role, Alina Cojocaru said: “I am very excited to be joining English National Ballet next season.  I am attracted by the opportunities the repertoire offers, the combination of the classics and the chance to work with choreographers I really admire. I have always enjoyed dancing and performing in the UK and am delighted that English National Ballet will give me the chance to reach new audiences outside London.  Not shy of challenges, I look forward to what the future might bring. Sharing Tamara’s passion for the art form and for artistry, I am excited about what lies ahead.”


Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “I am so happy to welcome Alina to the Company.  She is one of the dancers I most admire. Her exquisite technique, dramatic qualities and artistry have been a constant inspiration to many, including me. I know that the dancers in the Company will be thrilled to have an artist of her stature join us and I am sure that we can give Alina the artistic challenges and opportunities she seeks.”


Alina’s debut with English National Ballet will be in the Company’s new restaging of Le Corsaire.  She will dance the role of the heroine Medora on the opening night in Milton Keynes (October 17– the start of the Company’s Autumn tour) Other productions which Alina will appear in include Nutcracker in the Christmas season at the London Coliseum, Lest We Forget, the programme of ballets inspired by the Great War at the Barbican, London, in April 2014 and Romeo & Juliet in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall in June.


Alina will join the Company as Lead Principal.  She will continue to make guest appearances with Hamburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, two companies with which she has an established relationship.



Le Corsaire

17 October–30 November 2013, and 11–15 February on tour

9–19 January 2014, London Coliseum



20-23 November 2013, on tour

11 December–5 January 2014, London Coliseum


Lest We Forget

2–12 April 2014, Barbican Theatre


Romeo & Juliet

11-22 June 2014, Royal Albert Hall



Born in Bucharest, Alina trained in Kiev for seven years before joining the Royal Ballet School in 1997. Upon completion of her training, six month later, she returned to Kiev, to join the company as a principal dancer. A year later she joined the Royal Ballet Company (November 1999) and at the end of the season she was promoted to Soloist. On 17 April, 2001 Sir Anthony Dowell promoted Alina to the rank of principal dancer after her performance of Giselle. While a member of the Royal Ballet she continued to perform as a guest artist with companies worldwide. Alina has organized Galas in Romania and in London (Hospice of Hope) over the last few years.  In February 2012 Alina premiered her Alina Cojocaru – Dream Project, in Tokyo, Japan, which she directed and staged, while performing along side friends and colleagues from the Tokyo Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, English National Ballet and Royal Ballet. Alina left the Royal Ballet in July 2013.


Prizes and awards include: 

“Dancer of the year” German Dance critics award (2012), Benois De la Danse (2012 Best female dancer, Liliom), “Ballerina of the Decade” Award (Moscow 2010), VIP Romanian music and performing arts Award (2010). The Nijinsky Award (2004 Best female Dancer). Benois De la Danse (2004 Best female dancer, Giselle), 1 Internationaler Movimentos Tanz Preis (2004 Best female dancer), Nagoya International Ballet Competition (Gold Medal), Prix De Lausanne (1997 winner), Critics’ Circle Dance Award (2002 Best female dancer), April 2002 she was given by the president of Romania Ion Iliescu, the medal of Cavaler of Romania (Ordinul national “Pentru Merit”in gradul de cavaler).


English National Ballet

English National Ballet has launched a Production Appeal to fund the new production of Le Corsaire.  A new production is a huge financial and creative undertaking, costing hundreds of thousands of pounds. Without support from funders and sponsors, English National Ballet would have to charge more than £200 per ticket to see a performance. For more information and to donate go to, or call the Development Department on 020 7581 1245.

Alfa Banking Group

Alfa Banking Group, the largest private commercial and investment banking group in Russia and the CIS, has entered a strategic partnership with leading classical dance company, the English National Ballet. The sponsorship with English National Ballet extends Alfa Bank’s existing work of building cultural ties between Russia and the UK, as well as other nations. The bank has previously sponsored concerts and art exhibitions in the UK, the USA and elsewhere. Alongside sponsoring A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev and Le Corsaire, Alfa Bank will work with English National Ballet to foster creative exchanges between Russia and the UK in the classical dance space, and highlight and promote English National Ballet dancers from Russia and the CIS.


8 Responses to “Alina Cojocaru to Join English National Ballet”

  1. Ballet News Says:

    Annabel Cowdrey commented : Good heavens!!!!

  2. Ballet News Says:

    Cassie Powers commented : That’s fantastic.. For them, not really the Royal Ballet.. “How could Tamara have stolen her from us?” Unless she too was bowing out of the RB as well? Some small part of me hoped shed join an American Company.. Oh.. Like PNB. In my dreams!

  3. Ballet News Says:

    Jo Pickersgill commented : That IS a surprise. I thought they’d be freelance guest artists around the world.

  4. Ballet News Says:

    Rachel Miller commented : Oh how wonderful! Alina all over the UK!

  5. Ballet News Says:

    Karen Backstein commented : But what of Kobborg? No word on whether he’s joining her?

  6. Ballet News Says:

    Gina Milroy commented : Fantastic news!!!

  7. Sylvie Williams Says:

    I saw Alina dance Giselle when she first came over and joined The Royal Ballet…..she was magnificent….followed her ever since…what a coup for the ENB !xx

  8. Thais Says:

    PHEW!!!!! Wonderful news for the Londoners, we haven’t lost her after all!