The Dancers

Nadia Yanowsky

RNZB-277 For the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A'Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A'Court The Nutcracker Wellington, NZ. 30 October 2018. The Nutcracker by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Nadia Yanowsky took leave from Dutch National Ballet, where she had been a soloist since 2010, to perform as guest soloist for the RNZB’s 2017 revival of In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe. She returned as a guest with the company for the 2018 productions of The Piano: the ballet, in which she performed the role of Ada, Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and Kylián’s Petite Mort in Dancing with Mozart and Strength & Grace in which she created the central role of Mother in Danielle Rowe’s Remember, Mama. Nadia joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet as an artist in late 2018 and appeared as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker.

Nadia has performed a vast number of lead roles throughout her career. She is highly experienced in the core classical repertoire, dancing works including Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Carmen, Swan Lake, Paquita, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, The Rite of Spring, and Le Corsaire to name but a few. She has performed lead roles in many Balanchine works including SerenadeAgon, Symphony in CConcerto Barocco, Symphony in 3 movements, and Violin Concerto, as well as works by William Forsythe, Hans Van Manen, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, John Neumeier, Maurice Bejart, Ure Scholz, Angelin Preljocaj, Rudi Van Danzig and David Dawson.

Many leading choreographers have created roles on Nadia and she has premiered works including Don Quixote by Alexei Ratmansky, Cinderella and Concerto Concordia by Christopher Wheeldon, Labyrinth by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Roulette and Consequence by Juanjo Arqués, Woolf by Dominique Dumais, Magdalene and The Eleventh Hour by Remi Wortmeyer, and Wish by Juan Eymar.

Nadia was born in Madrid and raised in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She was trained from a young age by her parents, Carmen Robles and Anatoli Yanowsky who were both members of Lyon Opera Ballet. She won the silver medal and audience prize at the Luxemburg International Ballet Competition and began her professional career with the English National Ballet in 2002 under former RNZB Artistic Director Matz Skoog.

Nadia joined the Staatsballett Berlin under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov in 2003, where she was quickly promoted to demi-soloist, then moved to Amsterdam as grand sujet at Dutch National Ballet in 2008, becoming a soloist two years later.

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Dancer Credits

The Piano: the ballet

Ada McGrath

The Nutcracker

Sugar Plum Fairy

The Nutcracker


Black Swan, White Swan

Black Swan

Hansel & Gretel