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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. In 2009 she won the Young British Dancer of the Year Competition.

Her major roles with the Company include Gamzatti (La Bayadère), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Giselle, Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Kitri (Don Quixote), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Irina (Winter Dreams), Young Girl (The Two Pigeons), Florence Billington (The Unknown Soldier) 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

Your Reaction: What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet live in cinemas?

11 June 2019
Your Reaction: What did you think of The Royal Ballet's <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> live in cinemas?

Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece was relayed live to cinemas around the world.

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.

Photos

Yasmine Naghdi as Florence Billington in The Unknown Soldier, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Gamzatti and Akane Takada as Nikiya in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Gamzatti in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as The Firebird in The Firebird, The Royal Ballet

Vadim Muntagirov and Yasmine Naghdi in 'Le Corsaire' in Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Vadim Muntagirov in 'Le Corsaire' in Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Prince Florimund and Yasmine Naghdi as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Princess Aurora and Matthew Ball as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Irina, Itziar Mendizabal as Olga and Marianela Nuñez as Masha in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Basilio and Yasmine Naghdi as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Basilio and Yasmine Naghdi as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet and Gary Avis as Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Romeo and Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, 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 Romeo and Yasmin Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Romeo and Yasmin Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

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

Yasmine Naghdi. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

David Donnelly and Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Romeo and Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball as Lensky and Yasmine Naghdi as Olga in Onegin

Genesia Rosato, Yasmine Naghdi and Kristen McNally in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi, Tristan Dyer and Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Florestan and His Sisters in The Sleeping Beauty, 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

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Corybantic Games, The Royal Ballet