Top 11 Prima Ballerina Assolutas

Anneli Alhanko


Also known by her full name, Anneli Elisabeth Alhanko Skoglund, Anneli Alhanko was born in Columbia, with Finnish parentage, but is danced with the Swedish Ballet and it was in Sweden that she made her name. She was the first ballerina ever to be granted the title of “Court Dancer” by King Carl XVI Gustaf in 1990. She’s also one of the few Prima Ballerina Assolutas to still be alive, and she was coached by another of the 11 – Galina Ulanova. Alhanko’s Odette/Odile role from Swan Lake is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world and she was the first Swedish dancer to perform with the Bolshoi Ballet. A Soviet review at the time said that “Alhanko has an inimitable, fascinating style of her own”. A living legend within the ballet world.