Elena Glurdjidze Lead Principal

Birthplace
Tbilisi, Georgia

Age started dancing
7

Training
Tbilisi Choreographic School, Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, St-Petersburg.
The Royal Ballet School Professional Dancers Teaching Course – Professional Classical
Ballet Teacher

Previous Companies
Russian Ballet Company, St Petersburg, St Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre of Konstantin Tatchkin

English National Ballet
Joined 2002, Principal Dancer, Lead Principal 2007

Favourite roles
Giselle in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and Manon

Favourite English National Ballet production
Manon

Career highlights
Created leading role of the Gypsy Girl in Michael Corder’s The Snow Queen and Virginia in The Canterville Ghost. Appreared in Van Le Ngoc’s Vue de l’autre, Katie Melua’s It’s Only Pain, and the BBC’s production The Impressionists

Other info
2009 nominated for Best Female Dancer, Critics’ Circle Awards. Winner of 2007 and 2008 Ballet.co.uk Audience Poll for Best Female Dancer, Best Partner Award at 7th Perm Open Competition (2002), and 8th Paris International Competition of Soloists (1998). Married and has a son, Alexander Abashidze. Speaks Georgian, Russian and English. Married to Kakhaber Abashidze and they have one son, Alexander.

Best part of touring
Bringing ballet to different regions within the UK and seeing how happy it makes people. Also travelling overseas, because she loves different cultures.

'hauntingly and compellingly beautiful in performance'
The Observer

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