Elena Glurjidze – Senior Principal

Birthplace:
Tbilisi, Georgia.

Age started dancing:
7.

Training:
Tbilisi Choreographic School, Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, St-Petersburg.

Previous Companies:
Russian Ballet Company, St Petersburg, St Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre of Konstantin Tatchkin.

English National Ballet:
Joined 2002, Principal Dancer, Senior Principal 2007.

Favourite roles:
Giselle in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and Manon.

Favourite English National Ballet production:
Manon.

Career highlights:
Created leading role of the Gypsy Girl in Michael Corder's The Snow Queen and Virginia in The Canterville Ghost. Appreared in Van Le Ngoc's Vue de l'autre, Katie Melua's It's Only Pain, and the BBC's production The Impressionists.

Other info:
2009 nominated for Best Female Dancer, Critics Circle Awards. Winner of 2007 and 2008 Ballet.co.uk Audience Poll for Best Female Dancer, Best Partner Award at 7th Perm Open Competition (2002), and 8th Paris International Competition of Soloists (1998). Married and has a son, Alexander Abashidze. Speaks Georgian, Russian and English. Married to Kakhaber Abashidze and they have one son, Alexander.

Best part of touring:
Bringing ballet to different regions within the UK and seeing how happy it makes people. Also travelling overseas, because she loves different cultures.

Worst part of touring:
Being away from her family and her home.

''hauntingly and compelling beautiful in performance''
 The Observer

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