English National Ballet lead principal Daria Klimentova is to retire after 18 years with the company.
She will step down after her final performance as Juliet in ENB’s Romeo and Juliet, at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 22.
Klimentova’s dance partner Vadim Muntagirov will return to ENB to dance opposite her in Derek Deane’s in-the-round production for her farewell performances.
She is currently performing in ENB’s UK tour of Le Corsaire until February 15 with Muntagirov, before he joins the Royal Ballet.
Klimentova, who has danced with ENB for the majority of her 25-year career, said: “It’s a very sad moment for me but at the same time very exciting. I have worked with some incredible people, who I will always remember. I have given my ballet life to English National Ballet, with all the ups and downs.”
She added: “I am now ready to move on and help all the talented dancers, just like I’ve been helped through my long career.”