English dancer Romany Pajdak is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2004, promoted to First Artist in 2008.
Pajdak was born in London and was inspired to dance after seeing Viviana Durante dance in The Sleeping Beauty with The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet School as a junior associate and graduated through the School. Awards while at the School included the 2003 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance and silver medal at the Adeline Genée Awards. Her repertory with the Company includes Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Fairy of the Crystal Fountain (The Sleeping Beauty), Effie (La Sylphide), Princess Louise (Mayerling), pas de six (Giselle), Emily Dimmock (Sweet Violets) and roles in Ceremony of Innocence, Monotones I, The Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Song of the Earth, Serenade, ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels) and The Firebird. She created roles in Will Tuckett’s Timecode (Clore Studio Upstairs), Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Kim Brandstrup’s Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story.
Pajdak regularly appears in the Royal Opera House's Insights and has performed many of the demonstrations in Ursula Hageli's series 'Ballet Evolved'. Appearances away from The Royal Ballet include starring with Ruth Wilson in Eleanor, a cinematic installation for the Cob Gallery by Alex Warren and Tobias Ross-Southall with choreography by Kristen McNally, and performing in aid of such charities as Children of the Andes, Dancing for the Children and the Ashanti Trust. She is a qualified sports massage therapist.
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Samantha Raine, Marianela Nuñez, Romany Pajdak and artists of The Royal Ballet in Serenade, The Royal Ballet
James Hay and Romany Pajdak in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale
Romany Pajdak, Yasmine Naghdi and Tristan Dyer in Monotones I, The Royal Ballet
Romany Pajdak in Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, The Royal Ballet
Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Olivia Cowley, Romany Pajdak and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Concert, The Royal Ballet
Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani and Romany Pajdak in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Untitled, Draft Works
Romany Pajdak in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet
Romany Pajdak and Bennet Gartside in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet
Royal Ballet First Artist Romany Pajdak backstage during The Nutcracker