Daria Klimentová is the Prima Ballerina of English National
Ballet. She trained at the Prague State Conservatory.
In 1989 she joined the National Theatre Ballet Company in Prague
as a soloist and after one year was promoted to Principal.
In 1992 she joined Cape Ballet Company in South Africa as principal,
where her repertoire included; Swanilda in Coppélia,
Ophelia in Hamlet, Lead couple in Rudi van Dantzig's Four
Last Songs, Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker and Princess
Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.
[Right: Daria & Pierce
Brosnan after Swan Lake at the Albert Hall, June 2007]
1993 she was invited to join Scottish Ballet as Principal, where
her repertoire included; Lead role in Swan Lake, La Sylphide,
Cinderella, Anna Karenina (A.Prokovsky), Haydn Pieces,
and A Fond Kiss (both by Mark Baldwin). Lead couple in Scottish
Symphony (G. Balanchine) and in Bruch Violin Concerto No
1(C.Tippet), and Wendy in Peter Pan (G Lustig).
In 1996 Daria was invited to join English National Ballet as Principal
Dancer. She has danced most of the roles in the company's repertoire,
including Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Giselle,
Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, and Coppélia.
She has also worked closely with choreographers such as Glen Tetley
& Prague), Mark Baldwin and Christopher Hampson, and danced
the works of George Balanchine. In 2001 she danced at the London
Coliseum with Irek Mukhamedov in a piece choreographed by Irek
them, for a "KIDS" charity Gala.
has won a number of awards including the Prize of the Paris Dance
Foundation at the Prix de Lausanne, Tokyo 1989, and the Gold Medal
at the International Ballet Competition, Pretoria 1991.
Film roles include Marguerita in The Lady of the Camelias and
Tatiana in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1998 Daria's life
was the subject of a documentary film.
out Daria's new website, www.dariaklimentova.co.uk
Read about Daria's
photography exhibition (in Czech) December 2004 in Prague:
Did you know....
...about the day Daria met Tony Blair?
Daria's home country, the
Czech Republic, was one of the ten countries
to enter the European Union on 1st
As an eminent Czech living in the UK, Daria was
invited to a party at the Foreign Office on
28th April to celebrate the
of the Czech Republic to the EU, along with Estonia, Hungary,
Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta.
Other Czech guests included the architect Eva Jirícna, the former
chairman of Bovis,
Sir Frank Lampl, the restaurateur Anthony Duarte, and interior
designer Barbora Skorpilova.
These things don't happen every day, so we asked Daria
a few questions about the party...
How did you feel when you got your invitation
to go to the Foreign Office party?
I thought they had invited the wrong person
What was the food like?
I didn't notice there was any.
Who was the most interesting person you met and what did you
Cherie Blair: about my dress and the show she last saw me dance
in, and setting up foundations in Prague. Or maybe the owner of
How much do you think the Czech Republic will change as a result
of joining the EU?
I don't think it will change except maybe get a little busier and
We hear you met Peter Andre: what was he like?
Yes I did. I think he must have been into body building he was
suprised at how much muscle I had, but he was busy signing autographs
most of the evening.
Which three things from the Czech Republic do you think would
make England a better place to live?
The weather, more space for people, my girl friends.