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5 dance stars of the 21st century you ought to know if you love ballet

Eva Ledecká
21.Mar 2019
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Ballet is an art, dance and poetry loaded with emotions. When these world-class ballet dancers grace the stage, you suddenly find yourselves in a hitherto unknown world of incredible beauty...

Ballet superstar Sergei Polunin

The Ukrainian dancer, whose name has been discussed endlessly across all continents in recent years, was born in 1989. At the age of 19, he became chief dancer of the Royal Ballet in London. He left the dance world in 2012, but fortunately found his way back. He is considered a "ballet celebrity". His tattoos as well as his complicated life story are just as appealing as his fascinating dance skills.

Argentine Ballet Diva Marianela Núñez

She was born in Argentina, Buenos Aires in 1982 and started with ballet at the age of three. She joined the Royal Ballet in London in the year 1998 at the age of 16. In 2001 she was promoted to the first soloist, a year later she became a prima ballerina.

Seeing her dance will rob you of your breath. She is known for her extraordinarily lyrical dance style. The purity with which she dances makes her one of the most distinguished ballet dancers of all time. During her career she has performed all major roles in both classical and contemporary ballet.

Rodinný dům na pronájem, Praha 4 - 359m
Rodinný dům na pronájem, Praha 4 - 359m, Praha 4

Tamara Rojo, the face of modern ballet

This phenomenal ballerina with Spanish roots, who was born in 1974 in Canada, has belonged among the most famous faces of luxurious modern ballet for quite some time already. Since 2012, she has been performing the function of artistic director of the English National Ballet, for which she used to dance for many years and where she still appears as a guest artist. She was also to be seen in the Royal Ballet, in the Opera de Nice or in the Scottish Ballet.

A dancer with music in his heart - Carlos Acosta

He was born in 1973 in Cuba. Despite his heritage, Carlos Acosta did not fall for traditional Cuban rhythms, but for the noble art of ballet. His ability to express emotions and show the joy of dance makes everyon's heart flutter. He danced on the world's biggest stages: the Paris Opera, Russian Bolshoi, ABT or the luxurious Royal Ballet in London. He was appointed as the head of one of UK's leading classical ballet companies, Birmingham Royal Ballet, as of January 2020.

Award-winning Polina Semion

A Russian ballet dancer born in 1984, who studied at the prestigious Bolshoi School, became the prima ballerina of the Staatsoper Ballet in Berlin at the age of 18. A year later, she danced in Swan Lake with the English National Ballet, and joined the California Ballet a year after that. As a proof of her undeniable talent, she has already accumulated a large number of prizes throughout her career: Best Dancer of the Year, German Critics Award, Benois Award and awards from prestigious dance competitions.

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