Elisabeth Tonev
Photo: Sebastien Galtier

Elisabeth Tonev

Grand sujet

Elisabeth Tonev was born in Berlin, Germany. Growing up with both her parents being former ballet dancers, she discovered the pleasure of dancing already from a very young age and started taking her first ballet lessons in the ballet studio of her parents. She graduated at the State Ballet School in Berlin and finished her high school education as well as her Bachelor of Arts. During her time as a student, she performed in several classical productions with the Staatsballett Berlin, such as Alexei Ratmansky’s La Bayadère and Patrice Bart’s Swan Lake. Elisabeth won the iBstage Junior Prix in Barcelona, which offered her the chance to dance at the Grand Teatre del Liceu. 

After having been seen by Associate Artist Director Rachel Beaujean at the “Grand stage de danse de Paris” Elisabeth joined the second year of the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet in 2019 and joined the main company a year later as élève. Already during that first year in the company she got the opportunity to debut Hans van Manen’s legendary ballet Live, together with Davi Ramos. Consequently, she got promoted each subsequent year, skipping the rank of corps de ballet.

Besides pieces from Van Manen, Elisabeth has performed solo roles in works by choreographers like Balanchine, David Dawson, Toer van Schayk, Rachel Beaujean, Ted Brandsen and more. 

Next season, Elisabeth will be joining as grand sujet. 


With Dutch National Ballet since: 

Place of Birth: 
Berlin (Germany)

Career with Dutch National Ballet: 
Grand Sujet (2022), Coryphée (2021), Élève (2020), Junior Company (2019)

Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin (Germany)


  • 2017: winner of the iBstage’s OWPD Junior Prix (2017), what gave her the chance to dance a solo at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Spain)