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Yasmine Naghdi

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Yasmine Naghdi in action.
Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Alice Pennefather

English dancer Yasmine Naghdi is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2010, promoted to First Artist in 2012, Soloist in 2014 and First Soloist in 2016.

Naghdi was born in London and started training in gymnastics aged four. She took ballet lessons from age seven and was a Junior Associate with The Royal Ballet School before entering White Lodge. During her time at the School she took part in an exchange programme with the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg, and won the 2009 Young British Dancer of the Year Competition. Her roles with the Company include Juliet, Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), the Girl (The Invitation), Olga (Onegin), Mathilde Kschessinska and Grand Duchess Marie (Anastasia), Peaseblossom (The Dream), Amour (Don Quixote), Rose Fairy (The Nutcracker), First Sylph (La Sylphide), pas de trois, Cygnet and Neapolitan Dance (Swan Lake), Fairy of the Woodland Glade and Florestan’s Sister (The Sleeping Beauty), Alice’s Sister (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Young Shepherdess (The Winter’s Tale), Justine (Frankenstein), finale pas de deux (Infra), pas de trois (Raymonda Act III), Zulme and pas de six (Giselle) and in Symphonic Variations, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Monotones I, Rhapsody, La Valse, Jewels, Romeo and Juliet, Asphodel Meadows, Viscera, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Within the Golden Hour, Polyphonia, Aeternum, ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), Fool’s Paradise, Raven Girl, Multiverse and Carbon Life.

Naghdi is a keen musician and enjoys singing, playing the piano and composing.

Videos

News and features

Watch: How The Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

Watch: How The Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

22 November 2016

Sewing, cutting, customizing and rehearsing: a lengthy process of preparation keeps our dancers on their toes.

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

15 April 2016

Shakespeare Day insights event focuses on operas and ballets inspired by the playwright's work, including The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet and Otello.

Photos

Matthew Ball as Romeo and Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi, Tristan Dyer and Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Florestan and His Sisters in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Lensky and Yasmine Naghdi as Olga in Onegin

David Donnelly and Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Genesia Rosato, Yasmine Naghdi and Kristen McNally in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Romany Pajdak, Yasmine Naghdi and Tristan Dyer in Monotones I, The Royal Ballet

Royal Ballet in rehearsal

Yasmine Naghdi and James Hay in Polyphonia

Natalia Osipova as Anastasia, Christina Arestis as the Tsarina, Olivia Cowley as Olga, Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Tatiana and Yasmine Naghdi as Maria in Anastasia, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and David Donnelly in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Nicol Edmonds and Yasmine Naghdi in Joshua Beamish's Excerpts from a Study of Giselle, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

Yasmine Naghdi. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

Yasmine Naghdi and Johannes Stepanek in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Dawid Trzensimiech in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Royal Ballet in rehearsal

Royal Ballet in rehearsal

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Ballo della regina

David Donnelly and Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Thomas Whitehead in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Thomas Whitehead in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead and Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Thomas Whitehead in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Lensky and Yasmine Naghdi as Olga in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé with our Pointe Shoe Tower - showing the number of pointe shoes used by The Royal Ballet in a week

Yasmine Naghdi and James Hay in Polyphonia

Soloist Yasmine Naghdi supporting The Royal Ballet's Pointe Shoes Appeal

Yasmine Naghdi and Dawid Trzensimiech in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Royal Ballet in rehearsal