Caroline Iura

Ballet mistress and teacher

Caroline Iura was born in Los Angeles and received her training from Irina Kosmovska of the former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. When she was 16, she danced with the Washington Ballet and one year later left for Europe to join the Dutch National Ballet, where she became a Principal in 1986.

Ms. Iura has been praised for her interpretation in leading roles of the classical repertoire such as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Clara in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Paquita, Titania in A Midsummernight’s Dream, and Kitri in Don Quixote. Of the Balanchine repertoire, she received acclaim as the ballerina in Theme and Variations, Ballet Imperial, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Brahms-Schoënberg, Symphony in C, and Sanguinic in The Four Temperaments.

She has danced many ballets of prominent contemporary choreographers such as Hans van Manen, Toer van Schayk, Rudi van Dantzig, Wayne Eagling, Jan Linkens, Ted Brandsen, Krzyszstof Pastor, and Redha.

In 1981 she won the silver medal at the International Competition in France, and in 1982 received the prize from the Friends of the Dutch National Ballet. In 1990, she received the Alexandra Radius prize and in 1997 was awarded the Oeuvre prize from the Dancers Funds Foundation. She retired in 2002, and is now a regular guest teacher and repetiteur for Dutch National Ballet, Scapino Ballet, English National Ballet, and other companies abroad.

Photo: Sebastien Galtier