Bulgarian dancer Valeri Hristov is a former First Soloist with The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2002 and retired in 2017 to join the teaching faculty of The Royal Ballet School.
Hristov was born in Sofia and trained at the State Choreographic School. His roles with the Company included Onegin and Lensky (Onegin), Romeo and Paris (Romeo and Juliet), Ivan Tsarevich (The Firebird), Lysander (The Dream), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince (The Nutcracker), Thaïs pas de deux, Polixenes (The Winter's Tale), John Singer Sargent (Strapless), Officer (Anastasia) and Principal roles in In the Night, Les Noces, ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels), Serenade, Les Patineurs, Elite Syncopations, Scènes de Ballet, Monotones, Symphony in C, La Valse, 24 Preludes, Danse à grande vitesse and La Fin du jour. His role creations include in David Bintley’s Les Saisons, Robert Lloyd Garland’s Spring Rites, Peter Quanz’s Fantasy, Alastair Marriott’s Tanglewood and Alexei Ratmansky’s 24 Preludes. His international repertory includes Basilio (Don Quixote), Franz (Coppélia), Jean de Brienne (Raymonda), Prince Siegfried, James (La Sylphide), Conrad (Le Corsaire), Prince (The Nutcracker) and roles in Les Sylphides, Concerto, Paquita, L’Après-midi d’un faune, Merry Widow, Chaconne and Western Symphony.
In 2016 Hristov achieved Level 6 Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning from Trinity College London and Diploma of Dance Teaching from The Royal Ballet School. He has taught at The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Central School of Dance, Royal Academy of Dance Scotland and since 2015 has regularly taught The Royal Ballet. He has adjudicated at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Awards (2014 and 2015) and the Royal Academy of Dance Phyllis Bedells Bursary (2015).