Agnes Oaks

Has been a Principal Dancer at the English National Ballet, receiving numerous awards during her career, constantly in demand as a Guest Artiste world-wide and danced all the major roles.

Being born in Estonia, she studied at the Estonian State Ballet School. Her training has endowed her with a generous open style and grand manner associated with Russian teaching. After graduating (1988), she studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She joined the Estonian Opera Ballet Theatre in 1989 and already had made her debut as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

At the 1990 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, she was awarded the Best Couple prize with Thomas Edur. They were invited to London in 1990 after Ivan Nagy (then director of English National Ballet) saw their winning performance at the International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi. Agnes joined English National Ballet as Principal Dancer. In 1996 she joined Birmingham Royal Ballet and in 1997 became a Freelance guest artist and resident guest principal with English National Ballet. She was chosen Dancer of the year of the Dance International Magazine in 2000 and 2001.

In 2010 Agnes Oaks was awarded the CBE by HM by the Queen for services to the Arts and UK/Estonian cultural relations.

She has performed on many stages around the world and danced all the major roles in most of the classical repertoire : Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty and Manon, Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker ,Raissa Strutchkova’s Swan Lake ,Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Four Last Songs and Three Preludes, R. Hynd's Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty , Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet, Derek Deane’s Giselle, Paquita , Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Strictly Gershwin ,The Sleeping Beauty , Alice in Wonderland, and Impromptu pas de deux, Michael Corder's Cinderella, Melody on the Move and The Snow Queen, G.Tetley's Sphinx and Voluntaries, Balanchine's Apollo, Who Cares, and Tchaikowsky pas de deux, Makarova's La Bayadere act of shades, Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella ,Peter Schauffus The Nutcracker, Heinz Spoerli has created Cinderella on her, Veronica Paeper's Don Quixote and Romeo & Juliet, Christopher Hampson’s The Nutcracker, Bianca in John Cranko's The Taming of The Shrew and Olga in Onegin, Christopher Dean's Encounters, Mai Murdmaa's Wedding Journey and Mark Morris's Drink to Me, David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin, Russell Maliphant’s Cheer, Wayne McGregor created 2 Human duet for her and Thomas Edur . She has also danced in Les Sylphides staged by Alicia Markova, Le Spectre de la Rose, Mary Sceaping’s Giselle, Etudes by H.Landers ,The Sleeping Beauty by Enn Suve, Our Waltzes by Vincente Nebrada and Duet by Wayne Eagling and many other ballets...

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