Fumi Kaneko and Vadim Muntagirov in the Grand Pas Classique

Fumi Kaneko and Vadim Muntagirov in the Grand Pas Classique; music Daniel François Esprit Auber; choreography by Victor Gsovsky. Ballet Icons Gala 2024, London Coliseum, March 2024.

Fumi Kaneko (金子 扶生, born 1991) is a Japanese ballet dancer. She joined the Royal Ballet in London in 2011, and was named a principal dancer in 2021. Kaneko was raised in Osaka. She started ballet at age three, and at 8, she started attending Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School. Her training was mainly in the Russian style. Kaneko joined the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet Company in 2010. She joined The Royal Ballet in London in 2011. She was named first artist in 2012, soloist in 2013 and first soloist in 2018. In May 2021, she was promoted to principal dancer.

Vadim Muntagirov is a Russian ballet dancer. He is currently a principal dancer at The Royal Ballet in London and previously a lead principal dancer at the English National Ballet. Muntagirov was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia. At age nine, he entered Perm State Choreographic College. In 2006, after he won a scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne he chose to relocate to London and trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated in 2009. In 2009 he joined the English National Ballet as First Artist. During his first season, he danced Albrecht in Giselle and the Prince in Cinderella. In 2010, Muntagirov was promoted to First Soloist. Muntagirov was promoted to Principal in 2011 and Lead Principal in 2012. In January 2014, Muntagirov announced that he would join The Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer.

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