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Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

Three new Principals and six Artists have joined the Company during 2013/14.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

12 March 2014 at 3.56pm | 3 Comments

Over the course of the 2013/14 Season The Royal Ballet has welcomed three new Principals and six new Artists, while two Soloists have departed.

Vadim Muntagirov joined The Royal Ballet as Principal in February 2014. Trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School, Vadim formerly danced with English National Ballet and will make his Royal Ballet debut in The Sleeping Beauty on 25 March, partnering Akane Takada.

Matthew Golding also trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and joined the Company as Principal in February 2014, making his debut as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty. He appeared in The Royal Ballet's La Bayadère last year as a Guest Artist. View backstage pictures featuring Matthew and Natalia Osipova.

Natalia Osipova first danced with The Royal Ballet as a Guest Artist in October 2012, giving three performances of Swan Lake partnered by Carlos Acosta. She joined the Company as Principal in November 2013, making her debut in Romeo and Juliet, again partnered by Carlos.

Annette BuvoliTéo DubreuilReece Clarke, Isabella Gasparini, Solomon Golding and Gina Storm-Jensen joined the Company as Artists at the turn of the year. Watch Annette rehearse Giselle with other members of the corps de ballet

Soloist Iohna Loots retired in 2014, while Dawid Trzensimiech left the Company in February 2014 to join the Romanian National Ballet. Soloist David Pickering, who was appointed Education Administrator for The Royal Ballet in 2008/9 Season,  retired from dancing in 2014 but continues in his role as Education Administrator.

Use the comment box below to share your farewells or good wishes for Artists joining or leaving The Royal Ballet.

This article has 3 comments

  1. LizzyB responded on 12 March 2014 at 8:08pm Reply

    Oh. Sad to see Iohna has left. Used to enjoy watching her.
    Vadim and Natalia a huge gain though.

  2. Anne Marriott responded on 13 March 2014 at 7:31am Reply

    I'll miss Iohna Loots no end, but wish her well in her retirement.

  3. Carlo responded on 14 March 2014 at 7:11pm Reply

    It's incredibly sad Iohna chose to retire-- given I had just discovered her last year on an accidental youtube search-- when I saw the dance of the friends in Sleeping Beauty, I could not take my eyes off this girl who was so graceful, light, and so expressive-- I had to find out who she was, and was so surprised when I saw her taking the lead part on the nutcracker. I never cared for ballet, but Iohna showed that ballet is PURE art-- without lines, dancers use their bodies and expressions to tell a story and that is amazing-- Because of Iohna I fell in love with ballet, especially the royal ballet.... but it's not gonna be the same anymore.
    It's not always about the prima ballerina-- I will so miss Iohna's brown eyes shining through the stage-- it's such a shame I will never get to watch her perform, I was planning this year until I heard about her retirement.
    Iohna, please know you made a difference-- You are beautiful and oh so talented--all I know about your work is what is available on youtube, and I enjoyed every single moment watching you on those videos-- it was a thrill to spot you somewhere in the corps--
    are we fans ever going to hear from you again???
    wishing you all the best!!!

    PS: Is this message going to be delivered to Iohna??-- it is important to me to know that she reads this, I'm a real fan -- please let me know

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