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.