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Lara Turk

First Artist of The Royal Ballet


South African dancer Lara Turk is a First Artist with The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a First Artist in 2007. She has created roles with the Company in ballets including Sensorium, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Turk was born in Durban and trained with Dudley Von Loggenberg and Noleen Nicol, studying the Cecchetti method. In 2000 she moved to England to attend the English National Ballet School and on graduation in 2003 returned to South Africa, dancing first with the former Playhouse Dance Company, Durban, and then Cape Town City Ballet.

Turk's repertory with The Royal Ballet has included Lilac Fairy and Fairy of the Crystal Fountain (The Sleeping Beauty), Princess and Lead Mazurka (Swan Lake), Rosaline and Lady Montague (Romeo and Juliet), Arabian Dance (The Nutcracker), Zulme (Giselle) and roles in Sylvia, Manon, Les Patineurs, Enigma Variations, La Fille mal gardée, Gloria, Requiem, Concerto, Mayerling and La Valse.