Ivan Putrov is a ballet dancer who was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1980. His mother, Natalia Berezina-Putrova, was a principal dancer with the National Ballet of the Ukraine and his father, Oleksandr Putrov, was also a company dancer. Putrov had ballet classes as a child and joined the Kiev Ballet School at age ten, making his first appearance on stage a year later. In 1996, he won the Prix de Lausanne, a competition held for ballet students from the former USSR. Putrov went on to win the Gold Medal in the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition, dancing various classical solos and a modern duet with Alina Cojacaru. In 1997, Putrov joined the Royal Ballet School in London, with a scholarship from the Nureyev Foundation. Putrov was invited by Sir Anthony Dowell to join the Royal Ballet in September 1998. He has since performed in ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Giselle’, ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’, ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘La Sylphide’ and is currently starring as Romeo in the Royal Opera House's production of Romeo and Juliet.