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Romany Pajdak

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Romany Pajdak in action.
Romany Pajdak in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

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 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 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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News and features

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

3 April 2014

Christopher Wheeldon's new work is The Royal Ballet’s first full-length Shakespeare adaptation for almost 50 years.



Watch: Discover four centuries of dance history

Watch: Discover four centuries of dance history

19 July 2013

As the 2012/13 Royal Ballet Season draws to a close, explore the history of ballet with Ballet Evolved.

ABC of ballet: révérence

ABC of ballet: révérence

16 March 2011

Watch Romany Pajdak, Royal Ballet First Artist, demonstrate a révérence.

ABC of ballet: relevé

ABC of ballet: relevé

16 March 2011

Watch Romany Pajdak, Royal Ballet First Artist, demonstrate a relevé.

ABC of ballet: mime

ABC of ballet: mime

16 March 2011

Watch Romany Pajdak and Erico Montes demonstrate Odette's mime from Swan Lake.

ABC of ballet: développé

ABC of ballet: développé

16 March 2011

Watch Romany Pajdak demonstrate développé.

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