Karla Doorbar


Born: Stoke-on-Trent

Trained: Jenny Brennan School of Dance and Royal Ballet School

Joined: 2011; First Artist, 2015; Soloist, 2018

Awards: Finalist at the 2011 Genée International Ballet Competition and awarded the Dame Ninette de Valois award on graduating from the Royal Ballet School.

Engagement and Participation work: I performed the role of Cinderella in the 2017 Cinderella Dreams performance project.

Proudest on-stage moment: Dancing Clara in Sir Peter Wright’s 90th birthday celebration of The Nutcracker was very special.

Most enjoyable experience on stage: Performing the wedding pas de deux from Aladdin at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Sharing the stage with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia is amazing.


Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Lise), Façade ('Polka'), Enigma Variations (Dorabella), A Month in the Country (Vera), The Dream (Titania pas de deux)
George Balanchine: Serenade
David Bintley: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Cinderella ('Spring' and Title role in First Steps: a child's Cinderella), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Great Auk, Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunk Flea), Aladdin (Princess Badr al-Budur), The Prince of the Pagodas, Beauty and the Beast (Belle pas de deux) and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle (Wilis)
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Sweetheart), Card Game (Two of Diamonds), The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca)
Kenneth MacMillan: La Fin du jour
Ninette de Valois: Checkmate (Red Pawn) 
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Clara, Sugar Plum Fairy) and The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Cygnets, Swans, pas de quatre)

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