Royal Ballet’s principal Alina Cojocaru to move to ENB

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Alina Cojocaru is to join English National Ballet this autumn as lead principal dancer.

She recently announced her departure from the Royal Ballet, a company she had performed with for more than a decade.

The principal dancer follows ENB artistic director Tamara Rojo, who also left the Royal Ballet last year.

Cojocaru will make her debut with ENB by performing the role of Medora in Le Corsaire, which opens at Milton Keynes Theatre on October 17.

Other appearances will include dancing in Nutcracker as part of the Christmas season at the London Coliseum, Lest We Forget - a programme inspired by the Great War at the Barbican in April, 2014 - and in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall in June, 2014.

She will continue to make guest appearances with Hamburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Cojocaru said: “I am very excited to be joining English National Ballet next season. I am attracted by the opportunities the repertoire offers, the combination of the classics and the chance to work with choreographers I really admire. I have always enjoyed dancing and performing in the UK and am delighted that English National Ballet will give me the chance to reach new audiences outside London."

Rojo said: “I am so happy to welcome Alina to the company. She is one of the dancers I most admire. Her exquisite technique, dramatic qualities and artistry have been a constant inspiration to many, including me.”