Zenaida Yanowsky was born in France and grew up in Spain where she studied dance with her parents Anatol Yanowsky and Carmen Robles. In 1992 she won a Silver Medal in Varna and joined the corps de ballet of the Opéra in Paris. There she won the Gold Medal at the European Competition for young dancers in 1993 and also won a prize at the Jackson Competition in the United States, in 1994, the year in which she joined the Royal Ballet, where she became lead dancer in 2001.
Her repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake
, Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker
, Myrta in Giselle
, the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty
, Gamzatti in La Bayadère and the Nymph in Après-midi d'un Faune
She has danced with important artists such as Natalia Makarova, Sir Anthony Dowell, Gerd Larsen, Monica Mason, Lesley Collier, Jacqueline Finnaert, Lazaro Carreno, Olga Everienov, Donald Macleary and Alexander Agadzhanov.
Zenaida Yanowsky has performed in famous dance routines by Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Glen Tetley, Will Tuckett, Ashley Page and others and has participated in numerous international Galas. She was chosen to represent the Royal Ballet in front of Queen Elisabeth in Buckingham Palace where she performed a pas de deux from Swan Lake
. She has also appeared in two films directed by Will Tuckett: Duet and the Sandman by The Brothers Quay which participated in this year's Cinema Festival in Venice.
Future engagements include Giselle
in the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona in April/May 2003.