Alina Cojocaru

(born on 27th May 1981)

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Alina Cojocaru is a Romanian ballerina who trained in Kiev for 7 years before moving to London in 1997 at the age 15 when she won a gold medal in Prix de Lausanne, a prestigious international ballet competition. She received a 6 month scholarship to train at the Royal Ballet School and after completing her training was offered a contract to join The Royal Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. She was also offered a contract to join the Kiev Ballet as principal and was eventually promoted to be a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in 2001.One of the highlights of her career is her partnership with Danish principal dancer, Johan Kobborg. The partnership began in 2001 when they danced together in Romeo and Juliet after Cojocaru filled in for an injured Miyako Yoshida. Since then, Kobborg and Cojocaru’s partnership has been declared one of the greatest in the history of ballet and they have danced together not just at Covent Garden, but worldwide. In 2008 Cojocaru suffered a whiplash injury that could have ended her career after being lifted awkwardly during a rehearsal. Having undergone surgery and months of rest, she successfully recovered and eventually returned to dancing.

After 14 years with the Royal Ballet Cojocaru’s final performance was on 16 June 2013 in Mayerling, which was performed with Kobborg who also left the company at the same time. Cojocaru will be joining Tamara Rojo (who is also a former Royal Ballet star) at the English National Ballet. As Artistic Director of ENB Tamara Rojo was happy to be able to entice her former colleague into the company, they were previously stated to have a fierce rivalry but the appointment of Cojocaru will add another huge name to the roster and give her the opportunity to perform more modern roles and maintain her diversity as a dancer. Cojocaru will make her debut with ENB dancing the role of the heroine Medora on the opening night of Le Corsaire in Milton Keynes on 17 October 2013.


Alina Cojocaru – Sleeping Beauty