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Sasha Mukhamedov

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Sasha Mukhamedov, born in London, has two famous dancers for parents: the former Bolshoi and Royal Ballet star Irek Mukhamedov and former Bolshoi principal Masha Mukhamedov, yet it was not taken for granted that Sasha would follow in their footsteps. Although she took dance classes at the musical school she went to as a child, it was only at the age of twelve, when her father cast her in the children’s production The Prince and The Pauper, that she really latched on. Sasha was accepted for The Royal Ballet School at the age of thirteen, which is very late for a dancer. She then followed her parents to Birmingham, where she trained at the Elmhurst School for Dance, and later to Greece, where she had private lessons from her mother for two years. In order to gain stage experience, Sasha danced in Dutch National Ballet’s Nutcracker & Mouse King in 2008. The experience suited both sides so well that she stayed on. Since then, she has risen from the rank of aspirant to soloist and in 2016 to principal.

Sasha has won several dance awards. In 2007 she won a bronze medal at the European preliminary rounds of the Youth America Grand Prix. A year later, during the final rounds in New York, she made it to the finals.
She was named 'most promising dancer' at the international ballet competition in Varna. In 2011, Sasha won the silver medal at the International Ballet and Choreography Competition in Beijing.

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  • With Dutch National Ballet since:  2008
  • Place of birth:  London (United Kingdom)
  • Career with Dutch National Ballet:  Principal (2016), Soloist (2012), coryphée (2010), corps de ballet (2009), aspirant (2008)
  • Training:  Tring Park School for the Performing Arts (Tring, United Kingdom), The Royal Ballet School (London, United Kingdom), Elmhurst School for Dance (Birmingham, United Kingdom), private training with Marsha Mukhamedov
  • Awards:  2011, International Ballet and Choreografie Competitie (Moskou, Russia), 2nd; 2008, International Ballet Competition (Varna, Bulgaria), most promising young dancer; 2008, Youth America Grand Prix (New York City, United States), finalist; 2007, Youth America Grand Prix, (Faenza, Italy), 3rd