Elena Glurjidze is a world-renowned ballerina. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia she began training at the age of 7 years old at the Arts School, Tbilisi. At 10 years old she was accepted at the School of Choreography in Tbilisi and at the age of 12 she entered the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy in St Petersburg, where she was coached by the Russian ballerina Lubov Kunakova. Elena joined English National Ballet as Principal ballerina in 2002, where she stayed for 12 years, being promoted to Lead Principal ballerina in 2007. Her repertoire included principal roles in Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and created roles included Virginia in The Canterville Ghost (Will Tuckett), Lead Gypsy Girl in The Snow Queen (Michael Corder), Vue de l’autre (Van Le Ngoc) and Jeux (Wayne Eagling). In 2009 Elena was nominated for Best Female Dancer at the Critics’ Circle Awards. She has won numerous awards including the ballet.co.uk Audience Poll for Best Female Dancer in 2007 and 2008, Best Partner Award at 7th Perm Open Competition in 2002, the 1997 Bronze Medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition. Elena’s final performance with English National Ballet was as Odette/Odile in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake at the London Coliseum on 18 January 2015. Elena lives in London with her husband and son.
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