Meet Yuval

Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel
Yuval Cohen began dancing at age six, when he joined the Mehola Dance Company, specializing in folk and modern dance. From 2013-2018, Yuval studied ballet and after winning an excellence scholarship in 2017 from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, he joined the Jerusalem Ballet School under the artistic direction of Nadya Timofeyeva.

In 2018, Yuval won first place in Russia’s famous The Nutcracker competition. That year, he accepted a position at The Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

During his time there, Yuval danced roles including Blue Bird Variation in The Sleeping Beauty and the Prince in The Nutcracker. After graduating from the Academy in 2021, Yuval joined The Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia. Yuval joined Philadelphia Ballet II for our 2021/2022 Season and was promoted to apprentice for our 2022/2023 season, debuting as the mean stepsister in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella.

During his two seasons with the company Yuval danced Ali in Le Corsaire, Siegfried in SwanLake, the Prince in Snow White, Gold in The Sleeping Beauty, and more.

In June 2023, Yuval competed in the Jackson International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi where he received a bronze medal. Yuval was the first Israeli citizen to pass to the final round and medal.



“Take your passion and make it happen”
–Flashdance, Irene Cara


Fun Fact: Yuval loves to explore new cities and countries.

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