Milena Sidorova
Photo: Jan Willem Kaldenbach

Milena Sidorova

Young Creative Associate

Milena Sidorova (born in Ukraine, now holding Dutch nationality) danced with Dutch National Ballet from 2005 until 2022, reaching the rank of grand sujet in 2013. At the age of just thirteen, she created the popular solo piece The Spider, which has been performed worldwide and has garnered over 15 million views on YouTube.

Meanwhile, Sidorova has created more than 25 choreographies. Starting in 2007, she has annually produced notable works for New Moves, the choreography workshop of Dutch National Ballet.  In 2017, she choreographed Withdrawn for the company’s Junior Company. She garnered international acclaim for her choreographies SAND and A.I. which were performed at Lowlands in 2018 and later, after being selected for the International Draft Works, at the Royal Opera House in London in 2019. In 2019, Sidorova was invited to take up a distinguished fellowship in New York and was commissioned by Dutch National Opera to choreograph the award-winning children’s performance Kriebel.

During the first coronavirus lockdown in the Netherlands in 2020, Sidorova created Hold On via Zoom, together with dancers from Dutch National Ballet, set to the eponymous song by the Dutch band DI-RECT. The choreography video has received over 112,000 views on YouTube. In 2020, she also choreographed Reset for the Dutch National Ballet’s programme Dancing Apart Together. Sidorova worked as an advisor on DUNE, a major Hollywood picture that was released in the Netherlands in 2021.

As of 2021, Sidorova has been appointed as a Young Creative Associate of Dutch National Ballet. In this role, she created the dance video Rose as part of the Young Creatives programme, as well as choreographed Bloom for the Junior Company tour Shooting Stars in May 2022. Her piece Regnum premiered as part of Dutch National Ballet’s Shadows programme, which opened the 2022-2023 season.

Last update: 26-03-2024


With Dutch National Ballet since: 

Place of birth: 
Kiev (Ukraine)

Career with Dutch National Ballet: 
Grand sujet (2013), coryphée (2011), corps de ballet (2007), élève (2006), aspirant (2005)

Ballet School (Kiev, Ukraine), The Royal Ballet School (London, United Kingdom)


  • 2004, Ursula Moreton Choreography Prize.
  • 2003, Reuseta Mauri Competition, scholarship for the American Ballet Academy.
  • 2002, International Young Ballet Festival, 1st (Kiev, Ukraine).
  • 2002, Prix de Lausanne, medal, scholarship and Prix de téléspectateurs (Switzerland).
  • 2002, Young Ballet International Festival (1st).
  • 2002 Arnold Haskell Prize For choreography.
  • 2002, Choreography Award Serge Lifar International Competitie (Kiev, Ukraine)