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Alina Cojocaru

Biography

Alina Cojocaru 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. The 2012/13 Season was the couple's last with the Company, as they left to pursue other artistic challenges.

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

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

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

Jason Reilly as Onegin and Alina Cojocaru as Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013

Jason Reilly as Onegin and Alina Cojocaru as Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013

Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera and Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg at the curtain call for Mayerling

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf and Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf and Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf and Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf and Alina Cojocaru as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Johan Kobborg as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Giselle © ROH/Tristram Kenton

Alina Cojocaru in Polyphonia © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Alina Cojocaru as The Sylph in La Sylphide © Johan Persson/ROH 2005

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Romeo and Juliet ©Bill Cooper/ROH 2007

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Dances at a Gathering. ©Bill Cooper/ROH 2008

Johan Kobborg as Walter Sickert and Alina Cojocaru as Mary-Jane Kelly in Sweet Violets © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Steven McRae and Alina Cojocaru in The Dream © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

Alina Cojocaru as Princess Aurora and Johan Kobborg as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty © ROH/2011

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 © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2010

Alina Cojocaru and Rupert Pennefather in Diamonds as part of Jewels © Johan Persson/ROH 2007

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Romeo and Juliet ©Bill Cooper/ROH 2007