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Yasmine Naghdi

Principal 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 Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet in 2010, was promoted to First Artist in 2012, Soloist in 2014, First Soloist in 2016 and Principal in 2017.

Born in London, she was a Junior Associate before entering full-time training at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and Upper School. During her time at the School she took part in an exchange programme with the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg, and in 2009 she won the Young British Dancer of the Year Competition.

Her major roles with the Company include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Giselle, Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Mathilde Kschessinska (Anastasia), Stop Time Rag and Bethina Waltz (Elite Syncopations), the Girl (The Invitation), Olga (Onegin), Pas de deux Act III (Sylvia), Symphony in C (Balanchine), and a Principal role in Jeux. Her further repertory includes Mistress (Manon), Peaseblossom (The Dream), Amour (Don Quixote), Reconciliation pas de deux (Two Pigeons), 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 roles in Tarantella (Balanchine), Laiderette (Kenneth MacMillan), Corybantic Games, Symphonic Variations, Monotones I, Emerald, Rubies, Diamonds (Jewels), Mayerling, La Sylphide, La Bayadere, The Four Temperaments (Balanchine), The Human Seasons, Woolf Works, Rhapsody, La Valse, Scenes de Ballet, Song of the Earth, Asphodel Meadows, Viscera, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Within the Golden Hour, Polyphonia, Aeternum, ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), Tryst (Wheeldon), Fool’s Paradise, Raven Girl, Multiverse and Carbon Life.

Naghdi was nominated for Best Female Dancer at the 2018 Critic's Circle National Dance Awards.

Videos

News and features

Watch: A female pas de deux from Royal Ballet dancers Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Yasmine Naghdi

22 September 2017
Watch: A female <em>pas de deux</em> from Royal Ballet dancers Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Yasmine Naghdi

'Duet', choreographed by Kristen McNally, explores the strength and beauty of the female form in a short film.

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017
Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

Cast change: The Sleeping Beauty on 22 February 2017

22 February 2017
Cast change: <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> on 22 February 2017

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball to dance this evening replacing Lauren Cuthbertson and Reece Clarke.

Photos

Yasmine Naghdi. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

Matthew Ball as Albrecht and Yasmine Naghdi as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Fumi Kaneko, Yasmine Naghdi and artists of the Royal Ballet in class, World Ballet Day 2018

Yasmine Naghdi as The Rose Fairy and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Lensky and Yasmine Naghdi as Olga in Onegin

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

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

Nehemiah Kish as Prince Siegfried and Yasmine Naghdi as Odette in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as The Rose Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Florence Billington and Matthew Ball as Ted Feltham in The Unknown Soldier, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Odette in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet in class, World Ballet Day 2018

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 and Dawid Trzensimiech in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Johannes Stepanek in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Royal Ballet in rehearsal

Royal Ballet in rehearsal

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Ballo della regina

Campaign image for the Royal Opera House Spring Season 2017. Yasmine Naghdi, Bryn Terfel and Akane Takada. Image by AKA

Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for Tarantella, The Royal Ballet

David Donnelly and Yasmine Naghdi in The Illustrated Farewell, The Royal Ballet

Xander Parish and Yasmine Naghdi in The Royal Ballet's production of Sylvia at Hull New Theatre, 2017. Photo by Robbie Jack - Corbis/Getty Images for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Odile in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Albrecht and Yasmine Naghdi as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Giselle and Matthew Ball as Albrecht in Giselle, The Royal Ballet