Principal Dancer of the National Theatre Ballet Born in Vyškov, in 1998 Edita Raušerová began attending the Dance Conservatory in Brno. In 2004 she enrolled at the Dance Conservatory in Prague, from which she graduated two years later. She was afforded her first significant opportunity when she portrayed the roles of Princess Florine and Princess Aurora in the ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Moreover, she danced in Petr Zuska’s choreography Bolero and Jan Kodet’s Talking to Frida. In the 2006–07 season she joined the National Theatre Ballet, in 2008 she was named a demi-soloist, the following year became a soloist and in 2011 a principal dancer. Audiences have seen her as the Chinese Girl and Clara in The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, Odette/Odile and in the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, Medora in the Pas de trois from Le Corsaire within the Ballet Mania performance, in the Pas de six and as Teresina in Act III from the ballet Napoli, Olga in the ballet Onegin, and as a Wicked Sister in Cinderella. She has also performed in the ballets Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Othello and Goldilocks. When it come to the modern repertoire, she has danced in Jiří Kylián’s Sinfonietta, Petr Zuska’s D.M.J. 1953–1977, BREL – VYSOTSKY – KRYL / Solo for Three, A Little Extreme, in the ballet mixed bill Le sacre du printemps, as well as in Christopher Bruce’s piece Moonshine. In the ballet Carmen by the world-renowned choreographer Mats Ek she portrayed the titular role, for which she was nominated for the Thalia Award 2008. In 2004 she won first prize in the International Ballet Competition in Vienna and two years later the Prix Carpeaux (in two categories) in Vallenciennes. In 2009 she came second in the International Ballet Competition in Brno.