The Royal Ballet’s Beatriz Stix-Brunell in Trespass. Photo: © Alice Pennefather.

Stix-Brunell’s path to The Royal Ballet doesn’t seem like an obvious one. In many ways, she is quintessentially American, with the speedy footwork, long limbs and streamlined attack that Balanchine sought in his dancers. But, less characteristically, she has a beautifully pure port de bras and a certain old-fashioned glamour that suits The Royal’s theatrically-driven repertoire.

Alina Cojocaru dances in La Sylphide, National Opera in Bucharest. Photograph by Alice Pennefather.

Johan Kobborg, who is the fiancee of famous Romanian ballerina Cojocaru, said he is wiling to move to Romania in January 2014. Kobborg and Cojocaru worked together for the ballet La Sylphide”, which premiered in Bucharest on December 7. Cojocaru danced alongside Steven McRae, first dancer of the London Ballet.