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) and returns in the 2014/15 Season as a Guest Artist in the same role.
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.
News and features
27 September 2013
Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.
Cast confirmation: Iana Salenko and Evgenia Obraztsova to perform as Guest Artists with The Royal Ballet
2 September 2013
Principals of Staatsballett Berlin and Bolshoi Ballet to perform in Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet.