Grete Sofie Borud Nybakken joined the Norwegian National Ballet in 2011 and was promoted to Principal dancer in 2020
Born in Fetsund (Norway), she started at den Norske Operaens Ballettskole in 2000 age 8, and continued her education at the Royal Ballet School London, from which she graduated in 2011.
During her time with the Norwegian National ballet she has danced various soloist and principal parts in the classical repertoire, such as Myrtha (Giselle), Clara and the Sugar Plum (Nutcracker), the Mistress in ‘Manon’ and Kitty in ‘Anna Karenina. She created the role of Regina (Ghosts) and of Hedda (Hedda Gabler), for which she got great acclaim for.
In 2019 she made her debut as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake and in the same year she debuted as the lead in second movement of ‘Symphony in C’.
Her contemporary repertoire includes ballets by Kylian, Nacho Duato, Alexander Ekman, Wayne McGregor and several creations by Ingunn Bjørnsgaard.
In 2014 Nybakken received the Anders Jahres Kulturpris for young artists and in 2019 she won the Wilhelmsen Kulturpris after her performance in Peer Gynt at Gålå.