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Elsa Godard

Dancer

Biography

Elsa Godard in action.
Elsa Godard in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

French dancer Elsa Godard is a former First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2007, promoted to First Artist in 2014. She retired from the Company in 2015.

Godard was born in France and was first drawn to dance through watching Fred Astaire movies. She trained in Paris with Dominique Khalfouni and in 2005 joined The Royal Ballet Upper School. In her final year at the School she danced the lead couple in Paul Boyd’s In stillness we meet and ‘Tarantella’ (Raymonda Act III) for the School’s tour.

Godard's repertory with the Company includes White Cat (The Sleeping Beauty), Cygnet (Swan Lake) and roles in Concerto, La Bayadère, Manon, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Rhapsody, Serenade, Jewels, Ballo della regina and Sweet Violets.

News and features

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.

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

3 July 2014

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

Watch: Spring Season trailer

Watch: Spring Season trailer

22 December 2012

Our latest film stars dancers of The Royal Ballet and a Harris Hawk.

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