Alina Cojocaru was born May 27 1981 in Bucharest, Romania. She trained in Kiev for seven years before joining the Royal Ballet School in 1998 on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship. Upon completion of her training, six months later, she returned to Kiev to dance with Kiev Ballet for a year.
Her repertoire with the Kiev Ballet included Kitri (Don Quixote), Aurora, Princess Florine (Sleeping Beauty),
Cinderella, Clara (Nutcracker), Coppélia, Peasant Pas de deux (Giselle) and Pas de trois, Hungarian Dance (Swan Lake).
She joined the Royal Ballet as an Artist in 1999 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2000. In April 2001 she was promoted to Principal.
Royal Ballet repertoire includes: Swan Lake, Giselle, Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, Mayerling, Symphonic Variations, Ad infinitum,
There Where She Loves and the lead female in Masquerade.