Grete Sofie Borud Nybakken made her title role debut in 2017 with Moum Aunes creation Hedda Gabler. Borud Nybakken co-created her own choreography and received great reviews for this performance. In 2014 she made an impact as Regine in Moum Aune and Espejords Ibsen's Ghosts.
Already as a child, Grete Sofie Borud Nybakken participated in many productions of The Norwegian National Ballet, including dancing the role of Little Clara in The Nutcracker. She studied at The Norwegian National Ballet School from 2000 until she joined the Royal Ballet School in London in 2008. After graduating in 2011, she joined The Norwegian National Ballet as an apprentice, before becoming a full member of the company in 2014.
With The Norwegian National Ballet Borud Nybakken has danced both Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker as well as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. She has danced prominent parts in Øyen's Petrushka, Bjørnsgaard's Daphnis et Chloé and Poly Poly, Duatos Without Words, and was demi-soloist in Balanchine's Symphony in C. She has also danced in Kyliáns Falling Angels and No More Play, Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, as well as roles such as Lescaut's mistress in MacMillans Manon, Myrtha in Giselle, Kitty and Princess Sorokina in Anna Karenina.
Borud Nybakken received the Dame Ruth Railton Award and the Choreogragraphic Development Award at the Royal Ballet School in 2010. In 2008 she reached the final of the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland and won the Nordic Baltic Ballet Competition in Sweden.