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.