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Andrej Uspenski

Biography

Andrej Uspenski in action.
Andrej Uspenski © Andrej Uspenski

Russian photographer Andrej Uspenski is a former First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2004, and retired as a dancer in 2015. Uspenski regularly photographs rehearsals and performances for the Company. He has published the photography books Dancers: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet (2013), Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan (2013) and Steven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane (2014).

Uspenski was born in St Petersburg and trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, the Palucca School, Dresden, and the Berlin State Ballet School. In 1998 he won second prize at the Rieti International Ballet Competition, and the following year won second prize at the Yalta International Ballet Competition. He graduated into Royal Danish Ballet in 1999, joining The Royal Ballet in 2002.

Uspenski’s repertory with the Company included Bluebird and Florestan pas de trois (The Sleeping Beauty), Gentleman (Manon), pas de trois (Swan Lake), pas de six (Giselle), Hungarian Officer (Mayerling) and roles in La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Prodigal Son, Symphony in C, Scènes de ballet, Rhapsody, Theme and Variations, Onegin, Coppélia and Stravinsky Violin Concerto.

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News and features

14 of the best dance Instagram accounts to follow

14 of the best dance Instagram accounts to follow

29 April 2016

Get backstage with the world’s best dancers and companies by following them on the photo sharing app.

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

29 June 2015

Details of Company changes for the upcoming Season have been announced.

Exhibition of photographs of dancers now open at the ROH

Exhibition of photographs of dancers now open at the ROH

16 September 2014

Images from Andrej Uspenski's book 'Dancers: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet' are now on display in our Amphitheatre Restaurant.

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