As a young girl, Salome Leverashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) did gymnastics, just like her father, and she learned folk dance from her mother, who was a dancer. However, she was so flexible that it was unwise to continue with gymnastics, so she focused on dance instead. She was accepted for the State Ballet School in Tbilisi, where she became one of their most talented pupils. At the age of fourteen, she danced her first solo role, and later on in her training she took part in productions by the State Ballet of Georgia, which included dancing the role of Gamzatti in La Bayadère.
Through the mediation of her fellow countrywoman Maia Makhateli, principal with Dutch National Ballet, she was accepted for Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company in 2016, in the final year of her training. She transferred to the main company in 2017, in the rank of élève and – quite exceptionally – received promotion in each subsequent year. Her striking performance in the Christmas Gala 2020 (in Wubkje Kuindersma’s Echoes of Tomorrow) and her wonderful interpretation of Sarcasmen in the programme Hans van Manen Variations prompted artistic director Ted Brandsen to promote her, along with her dance partner Timothy van Poucke, to the rank of soloist in March 2021, at the age of 23.
Partnered by Van Poucke, Salome has now danced the main roles in Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet with Dutch National Ballet. In 2019, as second cast to principal dancer Makhateli, she danced the title role in Frida by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. In 2013, Salome won the international Solo Tanz competition in Berlin, and in 2016 she won a gold medal at the Rigas Pavasaris competition in the Latvian capital, Riga.
With Dutch National Ballet since:
Career with Dutch National Ballet:
soloist (2021) grand sujet (2020), coryphée (2019), corps de ballet (2018), élève (2017), Junior Company (2016)
V. Chabukiani State Ballet School in Tbilisi, Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg.
- 2013: first prize international Solo Tanz competition in Berlin.
- 2016: gold medal at the Rigas Pavasaris competition in Riga.