Birthplace
St Petersburg, Russia

Training
Vaganova Ballet Academy (1981 – 1989)

Previous company
Kirov Ballet (1989 – 1993) where he performed in all the major classical repertoire including Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony

English National Ballet
Joined 1993. Lead Principal Dancer. Appeared in all the Company’s classical repertoire as well as works by Balanchine, Bigonzetti, Dawson, Lander, Lichine, van Manen and Tetley. In 2008 Dmitri appeared as both Lescaut and Des Grieux in MacMillan’s Manon. Created roles: Patrick Lewis’s Cut to the Chase and Unrequited Moments; Christopher Hampson’s Perpetuum Mobile, Country Garden and Concerto Grosso. Mercutio, Deane’s Romeo & Juliet and Prince Florimund in Deane’s Sleeping Beauty. In 2007, lead Gypsy Boy in Corder’s The Snow Queen and in 2012 the role of Nijinsky in Eagling’s Jeux

Career highlights
Working with Glen Tetley, Natalia Makarova and meeting Mikhail Baryshnikov and
Rudolf Nureyev

Other info
First prize, the first Vaganova Ballet Competition (1988). Created/appeared in The Wonderful World of Captain Beaky and His Band hosted by Sir Roger Moore (2010) and created/appeared in The Night of 1,000 Stars (2013) both dir. by Hugh Wooldridge at the Royal Albert Hall. Currently teaches at Anna du Boisson’s West London School of Dance, Rambert School and Dance Works. Guest Teacher for the Bolshoi Ballet (2017). He is currently Patron of the Young Dancers Academy and has four beautiful children.

"Dmitri Gruzdyev… noble, discreet and powerfully occupying the stage, as well as being a first-class partner"
The Daily Telegraph