Born in Stockholm, Madeleine Onne has established herself as a formidable artistic force to be reckoned with in the international dance world. One of Sweden's leading ballerinas, she was Artistic Director of the Royal Swedish Ballet, the world's fourth oldest ballet company, from 2002 to 2008. She took up the role of Artistic Director at The Hong Kong Ballet in May 2009.

Madeleine was Principal Dancer of the Royal Swedish Ballet from 1984 to 2002, and is renowned for her engaging style and dramatic talent. In 1996, she founded an off-shoot of the main company, Stockholm 59 Degrees North, which toured during Royal Swedish Ballet's summer break. The company presented Swedish and international contemporary choreography, featuring 15 of the best soloists. It has garnered critical acclaim ever since their spectacular debut at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts in 1997.

Madeleine has danced major roles in almost all classical repertoire as well as MacMillan's Romeo & Juliet and Manon, Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew and Onegin, Neumeier's A Midsummer Night's Dream and contemporary ballets by Balanchine, Cullberg, Kyliá, Robbins, Tudor and Béjart. During her time as Artistic Director, she has worked with some of the world's top choreographers including Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Natalia Makarova and Christian Spuck, to name a few.

Madeleine's appearances as a guest artist and jury member of international ballet competitions have taken her to most European countries as well as the USSR, USA, Cuba, Canada, South America, Japan, Korea and China.

Madeleine has received a long list of honours, among others the prestigious Royal medal Litteris et Artibus and is one of only five women to have received the title of 'Dancer of the Swedish Royal Court' from HRH King Carl XVI Gustaf. In recognition of her years as Principal Dancer as well as Artistic Director for the Royal Swedish Ballet, she was awarded The Royal Swedish Opera's Gold Medal of Honour in April 2009.
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