Dmitri Gruzdev

Principal, English National Ballet






Born in Russia, Dmitri Gruzdyev trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy (1981 - 1989) studying under Sokolov. He joined the Kirov Ballet Company in 1989 as a Soloist and was taught by Berezhnoi, Semyonov, Kolpakova and Terekhova.  Dmitri won first prize at the first Vaganova Ballet competition in 1988.


While with the company, Dmitri danced the roles of Lankedema and Ali in Le Corsaire, Mercutio and Mandolin pas de deux in Romeo & Juliet, Jester and Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Golden Idol in La Bayadère, Pas de Trois in The Fairy Doll, Mirlitons and Chinese in The Nutcracker, James' Friend in La Sylphide, in Balanchine's Scotch Symphony, in Flames De Paris and Pas de deux in Diane and Actaeon.


Dmitri has toured extensively with The Kirov - to the USA, Japan, and various European countries. He joined English National Ballet in September 1993 following a successful season with the Kirov Ballet at the London Coliseum in the summer.


Since joining the company Dmitri has danced in the roles of Prince and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince in The Nutcracker, Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Franz in Coppélia, Principal Boy in Balanchinefs Square Dance, Who Cares? Principal Boy in Raymonda and Paquita, Principal in Landerfs Etudes, Prince in Cinderella, Anubis in Glen Tetleyfs Sphinx, the lead roles in Apollo and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat in Derek Deanefs Alice in Wonderland, Drummerboy  and Lead Cadet in Lichinefs Graduation Ball and roles in Bigonzettifs X.N. Tricities and Symphonic Dances and in Derek Deanefs Impromptu, Wayne Sleepfs Savoy Suite.


Dmitri has also created roles in Patrick Lewisfs Cut to the Chase and Unrequited Moments, Christopher Hampsonfs Perpetuum Mobile, Country Garden and Concerto Grosso and the role of Mercutio in Derek Deanefs Romeo and Juliet and Prince Florimund in Deanefs The Sleeping Beauty. In 2007 Dmitri created the role of the lead Gypsy Boy in Michael Corderfs The Snow Queen.


Recent roles include Hans van Manenfs Trois Gnossiennes and David Dawsonfs

A Million Kisses to my Skin. In 2008 Dmitri appeared as both Lescaut and Des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillanfs Manon. During 2009 he has danced The Poet in Chopiniana and the The Golden Slave in Schéhérazade.


Guest appearances at Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile as Colas in La Fille Mal Gardée, Solor in La Bayadère with Brno National Ballet, Swan Lake in Prague, Teatro dell'Opera, Rome and Petrushka at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Danced in Uliana Lopatkinafs galas in Moscow. In 2009 danced at the Stars of The 21st Century Gala in Bucharest. In 2010 danced at the Tribute to Nureyev Gala at the London Coliseum  and has guested throughout Europe, the Far East and U.S.


In 1991 recorded eThe Fairy Dollf with The Kirov Ballet.

In1999 performed the Pas De Deux from Don Quixote with Tamara Rojo at the Explosive Dance Gala at The Royal Albert Hall

In 2003 directed and danced in galas throughout Spain.

In 2009 appeared as Nureyevs double in the BBC film gMargoth.


Has taught classes at English National Ballet, and Danceworks Studios in London.


In 2010 created a piece for The Bath Festival.