Naira Agvanean
Photo: Sebastien Galtier

Naira Agvanean


Naira Agvanean was born in Armenia and after moving to her mother’s birthplace, she was accepted to the Moldovan National Ballet College where she developed a passion for ballet. She took part in a few local competitions as well as the Youth American Grand Prix in New York, and won the third price in the OTR Contest Vienna. In 2004, her family immigrated to Germany, where Naira was accepted to the Munich Ballet Academy for Performing Arts. After graduating, she received an aspirant contract at Dutch National Ballet and moved to Amsterdam.

In 2021, just before being promoted to a soloist, Naira danced 7th Symphony by Toer van Schayk: a role that was originally created for Alexandra Radius. Dancing this special part made her realize how much she had grown as an artist. Also, she figured that being part of such an international company and working with such a wide range of choreographers for 14 years added so much colour to who she had become as a human and what she wanted to contribute to the dance world. Naira has therefore also become a high-performance coach for professional dancers, and wants to continue her education in service of the dance world.


With Dutch National Ballet since: 

Place of birth: 
Yerevan (Armenia)

Career with Dutch National Ballet: 
Soloist (2022), grand sujet (2014), coryphée (2012), corps de ballet (2010), élève (2009), aspirant (2008)

Moldovan National Ballet College (Moldavië), Munich Ballet Academy of Performing Arts (München, Duitsland)


  • 2004: finalist Youth America Grand Prix (New York City, United States)
  • 2004: 3rd prize, OTR Contest Vienna (Austria)
  • 1st prize, Odessa Competition (Ukraïne)