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Alina Cojocaru

Dancer

Biography

Alina Cojocaru in action.
Alina Cojocaru in La Sylphide, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012

Romanian dancer Alina Cojocaru is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet School for six months on a Lausanne scholarship and on graduation joined the Kiev Ballet as a principal. After one season with Kiev she entered the corps of The Royal Ballet in 1999, promoted to Soloist at the end of her first Season and in April 2001 promoted to Principal at the age of 19. With Royal Ballet Principal Johan Kobborg she forged an iconic dance partnership, celebrated in their performances with the Company and as guest artists around the world. Cojocaru left The Royal Ballet at the end of the 2012/13 Season to dance with English National Ballet.

Cojocaru was born in Bucharest and joined the Bucharest Ballet School aged nine. She entered the Romanian State Ballet School and participated in a student exchange programme with the Kiev Ballet School, where she trained until her Prix de Lausanne scholarship took her to The Royal Ballet School in 1997. Among her numerous other awards are best female dancer prizes at the 2002 Critic's Circle Awards and the 2004 and 2012 Benois de la danse awards.

Cojocaru's charity work includes hosting two gala performances in 2008 and 2013 at Sadler's Wells Theatre in support of the charity Hospices of Hope, a palliative care charity dedicated to improving the life of the terminally ill in Romania and surrounding countries.

News and features

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg to leave The Royal Ballet at the end of 2012/13 season

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg to leave The Royal Ballet at the end of 2012/13 season

3 June 2013

Principals' final performance at Covent Garden in Mayerling on 5 June.

Alina Cojocaru wins Benois de la Danse award

Alina Cojocaru wins Benois de la Danse award

24 May 2012

Award in recognition of performances with Hamburg Ballet.

In pictures: Manon on the Big Screen

In pictures: Manon on the Big Screen

2 June 2011

Manon watched by thousands across the UK.

The Royal Ballet in Portraits

The Royal Ballet in Portraits

7 October 2010

Fashion designer Paul Smith unveils Royal Ballet portraits.

Photos

Genesia Rosato, Thomas Whitehead and Alina Cojocaru in Las hermanas, The Royal Ballet

Alina Cojocaru in La Sylphide, The Royal Ballet

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf and Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Jason Reilly as Onegin and Alina Cojocaru as Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Romeo and Juliet

Alina Cojocaru and Rupert Pennefather in Diamonds as part of Jewels

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf and Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Jason Reilly as Onegin and Alina Cojocaru as Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin

Johan Kobborg as Walter Sickert and Alina Cojocaru as Mary-Jane Kelly in Sweet Violets

Steven McRae and Alina Cojocaru in The Dream

6 December: Jason Reilly and Alina Cojocaru in Onegin in January 2013

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf and Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Giselle

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Romeo and Juliet

Alina Cojocaru as The Sylph in La Sylphide

Alina Cojocaru in Polyphonia

Alina Cojocaru as Princess Aurora and Johan Kobborg as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty

Alina Cojocaru

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf and Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera and Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg at the curtain call for Mayerling

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Dances at a Gathering.

Tristan Dyer leading Peregrine, the pony, David Drew as Thomas, Alina Cojocaru as Lise and William Tuckett as Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Gardee