Daria Klimentova

Daria was born in Prague, Czech Republic. At the age of 10 she entered the Prague State Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she was entered into numerous International Ballet Competitions, including “Prix de Lausanne” (won Paris Dance Foundation award) and the “International Ballet Competition in Pretoria” (won Gold Medal). After 8 years Daria graduated, with highest honours, with a performance of The Sleeping Beauty at the National Theatre and was immediately offered a soloist contract (the highest level in the Czech Republic) with the National Theatre Ballet Company in Prague.

In 1995 Daria was invited to join English National Ballet by the then Artistic Director, Derek Deane. Her repertoire encapsulates all the major classical ballet roles and works by many contemporary choreographers. She has a close working relationship with Christopher Hampson who created the award winning ballet “Double Concerto” on her.

Since 2003 Daria has been the founder and Director of the Prague International Ballet Masterclasses held at the magnificent studios of the National Theatre Company in Prague. Bringing together her friends, such as Tamara Rojo, Nicholas Le Riche and Julio Bocca, to spend intensive time in the studio with the next generation of ballet stars.

Daria joined the teaching staff at The Royal Ballet School in September 2014.