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Royal Ballet dancer Polunin quits

25 January 2012 Last updated at 23:25 GMT

Principal dancer Sergei Polunin has surprised bosses at the Royal Ballet by resigning from his post, less than two years after he was promoted.

In a statement, Royal Ballet director Dame Monica Mason admitted his decision had been a "huge shock".

Polunin joined the ballet in 2007 and was promoted to principal at the end of the 2009-10 season, aged just 19.

Will Gompertz reports.