CV - Biography
Dragos Mihalcea started his ballet studies in his native Bucharest, Romania and at the age of 13 received a scholarship from the Universal Ballet Academy (now Kirov Academy of Ballet) in Washington DC. He graduated a Valedictorian and was immediately invited to dance with the Universal Ballet Company in South Korea.
At the age of 19 he danced the role of Prince Siegfried in 'Swan Lake' in the company's first ever tour of North America, dancing the opening nights in New York and Los Angeles. Subsequently, he toured Europe, Japan, the US and Canada with UBC, as Prince Desire in 'Sleeping Beauty', Albrecht in 'Giselle', Solor in 'La Bayadere', Basilio in 'Don Quixote', all before the age of 22.
After winning the bronze medal at the fifth 'Rudolf Nureyev' International Ballet Competition, he won the gold medal at the first edition of Premio Roma in Italy and was invited to join the Royal Swedish Ballet as a soloist, one of the first members ever in the opera house's history to surpass the corps de ballet rank. Less than a year later he became a principal dancer.
While there, he added the roles of Des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan's 'Manon' Theseus/Oberon in John Neumeier's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' and the title role in John Cranko's 'Eugene Onegin' to his classical repertoire.
In 2005, Dragos took a leave of absence from Stockholm to dance as a principal with the Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam, performing in many of the company's Balanchine ballets such as 'Who Cares?', Symphony in C, Kammermusik nr. 2, 'Square Dance', 'La Valse' and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,
During his career, he has been invited to guest with many of Europe's leading ballet companies:
- Norwegian National Ballet
- The Royal Danish Ballet
- Estonian National Ballet
- Basel Ballet
- Cork City Ballet
- Arena di Verona
- Dresden's Semperoper