English National Ballet announces Vadim Muntagirov in new star ranking Lead Principal

December 13, 2012

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English National Ballet announces Vadim Muntagirov in new star ranking Lead Principal 

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Vadim Muntagirov in English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker Photograph : Martin Bell Photography

English National Ballet has awarded Vadim Muntagirov with a new Lead Principal title. This dancer accolade has been awarded to Vadim in recognition of his exceptional dance ability.

Vadim Muntagirov said: “I am very happy to be promoted and thank you to Tamara Rojo for appreciating my work, thank you to Wayne Eagling and Maina Gielgud for working with me last 3 years, and to Daria Klimentova, for sharing her experiences with me on stage. My work hasn’t now stopped but only just begun – with lots more hard work I will be improving myself even more, challenging myself, and of course allowing audiences to enjoy my dancing with English National Ballet.”

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “We have decided to award Vadim with the new title of lead Principal as he is a simply outstanding dancer. Vadim has all the qualities of the classic Russian male dancer; technically assured, sensational partnering work, commanding stage-presence and an ability to attack the most difficult roles in the classical ballet repertoire.”

Vadim Muntagirov has recently been wowing audiences with his Nutcracker Principal roles. The first major Principal role of his career was in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake in-the-round. Vadim made a statuesque Prince Siegfried and danced the role with both Daria Klimentová and Polina Semionova. On the opening night Vadim stunned both audiences and critics with his perfect technique.

On stage Vadim commands the space making even somewhere like the Arena of the Royal Albert Hall seem small, (his performance of the famous Ménage in Act III included two laps of the space) yet in person Vadim is polite and charming, no over confidence in his demeanour. He said: “I think it’s good to feel you’re not good, to be humble. If I see videos of when dance I’m never happy with myself. It makes you work harder, never give up, never take it easy.”

Vadim was born in Chelyabinsk in the Federation of Russia on the West Siberian Plain. He comes from a family of ballet dancers, both his Mother and Father were Principal dancers so be was brought up in ballet studios. “Everyone in the Company would look after me when my parents were rehearsing. When my parents had performances I would go and watch them. After my Father’s performances I would put on his costume and dance what I had seen!”

Vadim trained at the Perm Ballet School; of which both his Father and Sister were graduates. It is considered to be one of the top three classical ballet schools in Russia, and is known for a tough training regime. “I found it very hard, we were all scared of our teacher but the training gradually became more enjoyable as I grew up”

In 2006 Vadim joined the Royal Ballet School and early on in his final year Wayne Ealing offered him a contract and the promise of a Principal role by Christmas. Luckily for English National Ballet he agreed! Vadim’s first performances with the Company were in Barcelona where he partnered Senior Principal Daria Klimentová in the lead role of the Poet in Les Sylphides as part of the Ballets Russes centenary celebration. Since then he has continued the partnership with Daria across the tour of Giselle as Albrecht and as her Prince in The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.

This new category replaces the existing Senior Principal title for all dancers currently within that rank. ENB feels there is a need to develop the categories to adequately reflect the Company’s new artistic direction. The other dancers in this new category include Daria Klimentová, Elena Glurdjidze, Fernanda Oliviera, Erina Takahashi, Dmitri Gruzdyev and Zdenek Konvalina.

Fast Facts: Vadim Muntagirov



Chelyabinsk, Russia


Perm Ballet School, Royal Ballet Upper School

English National Ballet

Joined 2009 as First Artist, promoted to First Soloist 2010, Principal 2011

Favourite roles

Basilo Don Quixote, Spartacus and Flames of Paris

Career highlights

Moving to London and meeting new friends and performing the leading roles of Albrecht in Giselle and the Prince in Cinderella all during his first season with the Company. Vadim appeared in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall in the leading role of Siegfried. Vadim has also danced the leading roles of the poet in Les Sylphides and the prince in The Nutcracker and Romeo. This current season he made his debut in MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty partnering Tamara Rojo.

Other information

Laureate at Prix de Lausanne competition, second place and silver medal at Arabesque competition, first place and gold medal at Vaganova Prix competition, first place at Youth America Grand Prix competition. Winner of the 2010 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance (Classical). Vadim’s parents were both Principal dancers at the Chelyabinsk Ballet Company. Vadim appeared as a Guest Artist with ABT in January 2012 as Solor in La bayadère in Washington DC and his guest appearances rank within some of the world’s most established companies partnering Daria Klimentová.

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