Glurdjidze Elena


Classical Ballet / Principal

Tbilisi, Georgia

Age started dancing

Tbilisi Choreographic School
Vaganova St-Petersburg Academy of Russian Ballet

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, Senior Principal dancer 2007

Favourite roles
Title role in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, title role in Manon

Career highlight
Creating Gypsy Girl in Michael Cirder\'s The Snow Queen and Virginia in The Canterville Ghost, performing in Katie Melua\'s It\'s Only Pain and appearing in the BBC production The Impressionists

Other info
Won 2007 and 2008 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.

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