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 Balanchine’s Square Dance, Who Cares? Principal Boy in Raymonda and Paquita, Principal in Lander’s Etudes, Prince in Cinderella, Anubis in Glen Tetley’s Sphinx, the lead roles in Apollo and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat in Derek Deane’s Alice in Wonderland, Drummerboy and Lead Cadet in Lichine’s Graduation Ball and roles in Bigonzetti’s X.N. Tricities and Symphonic Dances and in Derek Deane’s Impromptu, Wayne Sleep’s Savoy Suite.
Dmitri has also created roles in Patrick Lewis’s Cut to the Chase and Unrequited Moments, Christopher Hampson’s Perpetuum Mobile, Country Garden and Concerto Grosso and the role of Mercutio in Derek Deane’s Romeo and Juliet and Prince Florimund in Deane’s The Sleeping Beauty. In 2007 Dmitri created the role of the lead Gypsy Boy in Michael Corder’s The Snow Queen.
Recent roles include Hans van Manen’s Trois Gnossiennes and David Dawson’s
A Million Kisses to my Skin. In 2008 Dmitri appeared as both Lescaut and Des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. During 2009 he has danced The Poet in Chopiniana and the The Golden Slave in Schéhérazade.
In 1991 recorded ‘The Fairy Doll’ 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 “Margot”.
Has taught classes at English National Ballet, and Danceworks Studios in London.
In 2010 created a piece for The Bath Festival.