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 was born in Madrid and trained by her parents, Carmen Robles and Anatoli Yanowsky who were both principal dancers of Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2001, Nadia won the silver medal and audience prize at the Luxemburg International Ballet Competition.

She began her professional career with the English National Ballet in 2002 under former RNZB Artistic Director Matz Skoog. In 2003, Nadia joined and become a soloist, few months after, with the Staatsballett Berlin under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov. In 2008, Nadia joined Het National Ballet in Amsterdam becoming a first soloist in 2010.

Nadia Yanowsky first performed with RNZB as a Principal Guest Artist in 2017 for the revival of In The Middle Somewhat Elevated, by William Forsythe. In 2018 she returned to perform lead roles in The Piano: The Ballet by Jiri Bubenicek, Balanchine’s Divertimento no.15, and Kylián’s Petite Mort, in the Dancing with Mozart programme. She created the central role of Mother in Danielle Rowe’s Remember, Mama, as part of the Strength & Grace programme.

Nadia joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet as a Principal Guest Artist in late 2018, to perform the Sugar Plum Fairy in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker. Since becoming a permanent Principal in 2019, Nadia has performed many leading significant roles including William Forsythe’s Artifact II, Balanchine’s Serenade and Black Swan in Mário Radačovský’s Black Swan, White Swan. Nadia performed the leading roles of the new creations from Moss Patterson’s Hine, James O’Hara’s The Sky Is Not So Different To Us, Perhaps…, the 2020 revival of Sarah Foster-Sproull’s Artemis Rising and the Mother in Loughlan Prior’s Hansel & Gretel.

Nadia has performed a vast number of leading roles throughout her career, dancing works including Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Swan Lake, Paquita, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Coppelia, The Rite of Spring, and Carmen to name but a few. She has performed lead roles in many Balanchine works including Serenade, Agon, Symphony in C, Concerto Barocco, Symphony in 3 movements, and Violin Concerto, as well as William Forsythe works including Second Detail, Artifact II, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, as well as a vast number of Hans Van Manen, Christopher Wheeldon, John Neumeier, Maurice Bejart, Ure Scholz, Angelin Preljocaj, Rudi Van Danzig and David Dawson and Alexei Ratmansky works.

Due to her pregnancy in 2020, Nadia had the privilege of creating two pas de deux, Eon, for RNZB RAW, and the short ballet Goldilocks and the Three Bears presented at Te Papa. She was awarded the Harry Haythorne Choreographic Prize in recognition of these works. Nadia is currently on parental leave following the birth of her daughter in December 2020.

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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