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Iana Salenko

Guest Artist

Biography

Iana Salenko in action.
Iana Salenko in Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

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), Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Young Girl (The Two Pigeons), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) and Giselle with The Royal Ballet.

Salenko was born in Kiev and trained at the Pisarev Ballet School, Donetsk, graduating in 2000. She was a member of 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 The Sleeping Beauty), Marie (Patrice Bart’s The Nutcracker), Olga (John Cranko’s Onegin), Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Peter Schaufuss’s 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, with engagements 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 in Slovenia.

Videos

News and features

Recommended Recordings: <em>The Nutcracker</em>

Recommended Recordings: The Nutcracker

2 December 2015

With so many DVD, Blu-Ray and CD recordings of the Christmas classic on offer, how do you choose between them?

Watch: Iana Salenko and Steven McRae in rehearsal for Swan Lake

Watch: Iana Salenko and Steven McRae in rehearsal for Swan Lake

20 March 2015

The Guest Artist and Royal Ballet Principal work in the studio ahead of tomorrow’s matinee performance.

Cast change: Iana Salenko to dance in Swan Lake on 21 March 2015

Cast change: Iana Salenko to dance in Swan Lake on 21 March 2015

13 March 2015

Iana Salenko to replace Evgenia Obraztsova in the role of Odile/Odette.

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