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Principal, Royal Danish Ballet

Ida Praetorius was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and is a Principal Dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet. She trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School from 2002-2010 and became a member of the Junior Company, Kompagni B, in 2009. From 2010 onwards she worked her way through the ranks to become Principal in 2016. Her repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Hübbe and Schandorff’s Swan Lake, Juliet in Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet, Marguerite Gautier in the Lady of the Camellias, Kitri in Don Quixote, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Eleonora in the Kermesse in Bruges, Dewdrop in Balanchine’s Nutcracker, Alice in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the title role in Giselle. She has danced Theme and Variations and Rubies in Balanchine’s Jewels, Other Dances by Jerome Robbins, and Bournonville’s Pas de six, and Flower Festival Pas de Deux. She has created roles in works by Robert Binet, Anna Lærkesen, Alessandro Sousa Pereira, Natalia Horecna, BIm Brandstrup, and the title role in Cathy Martson’s Lolita. Her guest appearances include Galas in Taichung, Jakarta, and at the Bolshoi’s 2016 Gala for Boris Akimov. She was a guest artist with Tivoli Ballet’s Nutcracker in 2016 and with Copenhagen Summer Dancer and Danish Dance Theatre in both 2013 and 2016. She is the winner of the 2012 Erik Bruhn prize for Best Female Dancer, has received the Queen Ingrid Honorary Grant in 2013, the Reumert Talent Prize in 2012, and was nominated for Dancer of the year in 2013 and Best Female Actress of the year in 2016, both also at the Reumert awards.