Soloist of The Czech National Ballet
Born in Prague, Monika Hejduková studied at the Prague Dance Conservatory with Prof. Hana Vláčilová (1995–2003). She has garnered accolades at a number of competitions: Prix Carpeux (2001, 1st prize, and 2002, 2nd prize), the International Ballet Competitions in Brno (2006, 3rd prize, category A; 2003, 2nd prize, category A), the Dance Art Competition in Brno (2000, 2nd prize), Young Dancers in Amsterdam (2003, 2nd prize, Audience Prize), and won the Eurovision Dance Contest and received the Best Prague Dance Conservatory Student award (2000).
After completing her studies, she joined the Ballet company of the National Theatre in Brno (2003–2004), where she performed the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. Subsequently, she was engaged at the Czech National Ballet in Prague (2004–2007), where she rendered the Dying Swan in the mixed bill Ballet Mania and appeared in the productions of Onegin, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, as well as in modern choreographies, including Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Petr Zuska’s BREL – VYSOTSKY - KRYL / Solo for Three.
From 2007 to 2012, she was a member of the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, where she performed in numerous productions, with the most noteworthy being Giselle (choreography: Mats Ek), Gods and Dogs (choreography: Jiří Kylián), The Sleeping Beauty (the Fairy of Beauty, choreography: Marius Petipa, Ivan Liška), Swan Lake (Pas de trois), Las Hermanas (the Third Sister, choreography: Kenneth MacMillan), La Bayadère (Pas de action), The Taming of the Shrew (Pas de six, choreography: John Cranko).
Since 2012 she has been a demi-soloist of the Czech National Ballet, where she has portrayed the roles of Myrtha in Giselle and Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, appeared in Swan Lake (Pas de trois), The Nutcracker (Arabian Dance), La Bayadère (solo Shades), and also in modern choreographies, including William Forsythe’s In The Middle Somewhat Elevated, Jacopo Godani’s Reflections on the Fate of Human Forms, Petr Zuska’s Stabat Mater and BREL – VYSOTSKY - KRYL / Solo for Three, and George Balanchine’s neo-classical Theme and Variations.