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Vadim Muntagirov to join The Royal Ballet as a Principal dancer

Russian-born dancer will make his Company debut in The Sleeping Beauty.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

27 January 2014 at 9.13pm | 15 Comments

Vadim Muntagirov will join The Royal Ballet as a Principal dancer in February 2014.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet said: 'I was delighted when Vadim approached me about the possibility of joining The Royal Ballet. Since graduating from The Royal Ballet School he has made a huge impact with English National Ballet. He is an extraordinary talent and will make a wonderful addition to our roster of male Principals.'

Vadim said: 'This is a very exciting time for me.  I have had so many fantastic opportunities with English National Ballet over the past four years and have many great memories to take with me. At this point in my career I feel ready to take on new challenges and felt that The Royal Ballet could offer me that opportunity.

'To dance some of the great roles in The Royal Ballet’s repertory as well as create new work being made by some of the greatest choreographers is a dream come true.'

Vadim’s first performance for The Royal Ballet will be on Tuesday 25 March in The Sleeping Beauty partnering Akane Takada. He will also be appearing in Christopher Wheeldon’s new full-length ballet The Winter’s Tale which opens in April.

Twenty-three-year-old Vadim is currently a Lead Principal with English National Ballet. Born in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Vadim began dancing in 1999 attending the Perm Choreographic Ballet Institute. In 2006 he won the silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne and in the same year was invited to join The Royal Ballet Upper School. Upon graduation in 2009, he joined English National Ballet. In 2013 Vadim was awarded the Benois de la Danse.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

27 January 2014 at 9.13pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Vadim Muntagirov

This article has 15 comments

  1. Nikoloz Makhateli responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:01am Reply

    Congratulation dear Vadim ,Our best Wishes in Royal Ballet

  2. J Gingell responded on 28 January 2014 at 12:30am Reply

    Fantastic! Congratulations to Vadim - a fabulous young talent.

  3. Karen responded on 28 January 2014 at 2:14pm Reply

    Great news (and a little compensation for other recent disappointments...).

  4. Kevin responded on 28 January 2014 at 4:59pm Reply

    I like Muntagirov's dancing and enjoy going around the corner to see him.

    Sorry not to see Trzensimiech being given the chance to develop that Muntagirov had at ENB.

    This is getting like Manchester United.

  5. David responded on 28 January 2014 at 5:01pm Reply

    As a Friend at both RB and ENB I think it is a bit sad that this couldn't have happened at the end of the ballet season.

    Vadim is a huge talent that was not been taken up at the end of his time at the RB school and has been nurtured at ENB. It's a shame that one British company takes someone who is so central to the programme of a far smaller company when he was scheduled to dance till the end of the season.
    An encouragement to stay until the end of the season would not have been out of place.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 28 January 2014 at 6:32pm

      Dear David

      Thank you for your message.

      Dancers quite naturally move between companies (as we have seen a number of times recently) to explore new repertory and challenges.

      Best wishes


  6. Robert Greensted responded on 28 January 2014 at 5:16pm Reply

    Great news, although it will be a big loss to the ENB. Saw Vadim dance Le Corsaire recently and he is amazing. Wonder who he will partner, as he was so good with Daria. Maybe Natalia? With him and Matthew joining, wondering whether Carlos is thinking of retiring?

  7. Kevin responded on 29 January 2014 at 11:24am Reply

    The strength of the Royal Ballet was that it was an ensemble company and less a vehicle for "star" performances - star walks on stage, spotlight, pauses the action & narrative, applause, star carries on, star does the fancy stuff, more applause. That kind of theatre is 19th Century, Sarah Bernhardt etc.

    Please more attention, development, appreciation for the soloists and corps and less imported "star" stuff? Thanks

  8. GABRIELE DE FAZIO responded on 30 January 2014 at 8:47am Reply

    vadim you are the best!!! you are our idol here in Perm....everybody love you XD

  9. Kate responded on 6 February 2014 at 5:24pm Reply

    Actually, I think RB has always been a "star vehicle" company. Dancers do come up through the ranks and when they become principals, audiences come to see their favourites. It's not the stars' fault if people clap fatuously when they appear - it's really annoying and a habit that seems to have developed more and more in recent years. Seems to be a certain section of the audience who like to show off that they recognise a big name when he/she appears. Ruins narrative ballet especially.

  10. Well, slightly suprised. I like him alot and think he has developed with the opportunity ...if only for 5mths... to dance with Alina Cojocaru in La Corsaire at the ENB under Rojos wing. Its a shame that this pairing was so brief and I'm sad for the ENB loosing him at this time. I am very happy for him and the other opportunities he will should get at the RB. I have to say, I was not similarly impressed by recent ENB guest artist and future RB dancer Matthew Golding in the same role, seemed to just love himself,.. I suppose it was a fleeting visit, I know who I'd rather see in future tho!

  11. Kevin responded on 9 February 2014 at 10:27pm Reply

    oh! I've just seen that Trzensimiech has resigned. I understand his situation. He had earned his chance. He was loyal to the company, not to his career. I liked his dancing and wanted to see him given the chance.

    P.S. I would say it is the "star's" fault, if they come on stage, pause, wait for the spotlight, look up and wait until they get applause...and heaven help the corps member that happens to be doing anything, "distracting" the audience when the "star" comes on stage.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 10 February 2014 at 11:04am

      Dear Kevin

      Dawid has had the opportunity to move to the Romanian National Ballet as a principal dancer - he appeared there recently as a guest artist. It is not unusual for dancers to move companies and we wish Dawid all the best.

      As you can see from his profile page, he has danced a wide variety of roles with The Royal Ballet:

      Best wishes


  12. Ailsa Furby responded on 23 February 2014 at 5:13am Reply

    I agree with so many of the comments above : the Royal Ballet audience is loyal, and loves to follow the progress of dancers within the company ( like Takada, Cuthbertson and Mcrae, who we remember from their corps de ballet days). Why import/poach from other companies to such an extent when there are dancers like Underwood, Kay and Kura ready and more-than-deserving? Think of your real audience, not just your PR. And please don't give us the same old 'dancers move companies, we wish them luck...' line yet again - we've heard it too many times. Celebrate the home-grown talent, and give them a chance : we'll support you!

  13. Cesar Mayal responded on 25 March 2014 at 11:41pm Reply

    It was fabulous to be able to see Vadim Muntagirov performing Prince Florimund. A fantastic dancer. What a talented man. Congratulations ! Hope to see Muntagirov dancing with Osipova and Lamb one day. Thank you x

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