Ukrainian dancer Marianna Tsembenhoi joined The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme at the start of the 2020/21 Season.
Born in Kiev, Tsembenhoi began her training at the age of three at the Kiyanochka Cultural Centre. She went on to train at the Choreographic Gymnasium and the Choreographic College, both in Kiev, before attending The Royal Ballet Upper School, graduating in 2020. Tsembenhoi was awarded the Grand Prize at the Mysl-Potok Ballet Competition in 2014 and second prize at the Yuri Gregorovich Ballet Competition in Sochi in 2015. At the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), she won silver and gold medals in 2016 and in 2017 she won a scholarship to The Royal Ballet School and was one of the top 12 finalists.
With the Choreographic College she danced Aurora and The Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Clara in The Nutcracker. While at The Royal Ballet School, she performed in The Sleeping Beauty, Marriott’s Simple Symphony, Andrew McNicol’s Sea Interludes, Napoli variation, Paquita pas de trois, Goyo Montero’s Pulse, Ashton’s Rhapsody, and Larina Waltz by Ashley Page at the Prix De Lausanne Interludes 2020. While a student she danced with The Royal Ballet on stage in Manon, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Coppélia.