Ukrainian ballet dancer Iana Salenko is a principal of Berlin State Ballet. She made her Royal Ballet debut as a Guest Artist in 2013 as Kitri (Don Quixote). She has since returned to dance Kitri and Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) and in the 2015/16 Season dances Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Young Girl (The Two Pigeons) and Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker).
Salenko was born in Kiev and trained at the Pisarev Ballet School, Donetsk, graduating in 2000. She was a member of the Donetsk Ballet 2000–02 before joining Kiev Opera Ballet as a principal. She joined the Berlin State Ballet in 2005 as a demi-soloist, promoted to soloist in 2006 and principal in 2007. Her roles in Berlin have included Vladimir Malakhov's Cinderella, Princess Aurora (Malakhov's Sleeping Beauty), Marie (Patrice Bart's The Nutcracker), Olga (John Cranko's Onegin), George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Peter Schaufuss's La Sylphide and Cranko's Juliet. Her many awards include first prizes at the International Ballet Competitions in Helsinki and Nagoya in 2005.
Salenko regularly performs as a guest artist around the world, performances including Kitri in Florence, Munich, Moscow and Rome, Princess Aurora in Essen and Bratislava, Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) in Bratislava and the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) in Slovenia.
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The Guest Artist and Royal Ballet Principal work in the studio ahead of tomorrow’s matinee performance.
Iana Salenko to replace Evgenia Obraztsova in the role of Odile/Odette.
Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.