List of Russian ballet dancers

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Mathilde Kschessinskaya and Pavel Gerdt in La Bayadère ballet by the ballet master Marius Petipa and the composer Ludwig Minkus, 1900.

This a list of ballet dancers from the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and Russian Federation, including both ethnic Russians and people of other ethnicities. This list includes as well those who were born in the these three states but later emigrated, and those who were born elsewhere but immigrated to the country and performed there for a significant portion of their careers.

The original purpose of the ballet in Russia was to entertain the royal court. The first ballet company was the Imperial School of Ballet in St. Petersburg in the 1740s. The Ballets Russes was a ballet company founded in the 1909 by Sergey Diaghilev, an enormously important figure in the Russian ballet scene. Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes’ travels abroad profoundly influenced the development of dance worldwide.[1] The headquarters of his ballet company was located in Paris, France. A protégé of Diaghilev, George Balanchine, founded the New York City Ballet Company.

During the early 20th century, many Russian ballet dancers rose to fame. Soviet ballet preserved the perfected 19th century traditions,[2] and the Soviet Union's choreography schools produced one internationally famous star after another. The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and the Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg remain famous throughout the world.[3]

For the full plain list of Russian ballet dancers on Wikipedia see the Category:Russian ballet dancers.

Alphabetical list[edit]

 Russian Federation

A[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Anastasia Abramova
(1902-1985)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
АдырхаеваСв.png Svetlana Adyrkhaeva
(born 1938)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Svetlana Adyrchaewa in "Les Sylphides".
Boris Akimov
(born 1946)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Bolshoi Theatre
Maria Alexandrova
(born 1978)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Maria Alexandrova as Kitri in Don Quixote, Bolshoi Theatre, 22 June 2011
Maria Allash
(born 1976)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Nino Ananiashvili 2.jpg Nina Ananiashvili
(born 1964)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
 Georgia (country)
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre
Nina Ananiashvili as Odette in Swan Lake.
Yelena Andrienko
(born 1972)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Valery Anisimov
(born 1953)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Bolshoi Theatre, Teacher
Anna Antonicheva
(born 1973)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Altynai Asylmuratova
(born 1961)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Zhanna Ayupova
(born 1966)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre

B[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Feya Balabina, 1956.jpg Feya Balabina
(1910—1982)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Ballerina, Teacher, Ballet master, Mariinsky Theatre, Mikhaylovsky Theatre, Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet
G. Balanchine (young).jpg George Balanchine
(1904–1983)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 France
 United States
(Georgian descent)
Choreographer, balletmaster
Balanchine was one of the 20th century’s foremost choreographers, a balletmaster of the Ballets Russes in France, founding balletmaster (and co-founder) of New York City Ballet: his work created modern ballet, based on his deep knowledge of classical forms and techniques.
The New York State Theater, designed to the specifications of Balanchine.
IrinaBaronova1937.jpg Irina Baronova
(1919–2008)
 Soviet Union
 Romania
 France
 United States
  Switzerland
 Russian Federation
 Australia
Ballerina, ballet mistress
She was one of the Baby Ballerinas of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, discovered by George Balanchine in Paris in the 1930s. She created roles in Léonide Massine's Le Beau Danube (1924), Jeux d'enfants (1932), and Les Présages (1933); and in Bronislava Nijinska's Les Cent Baisers (1935). Between 1940 and 1951 Baronova appeared in several films, and worked as ballet mistress for the 1980 film Nijinsky.
A photo with Baronova's autograph
Mikhail Baryshnikov 2010.jpg Mikhail Baryshnikov
(born 1948)
 Soviet Union
 United States
Danseur
Mikhail Baryshnikov with Patricia McBride in Le baiser de la fée
Dmitry Belogolovtsev
(born 1973)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Bolshoi Theatre
Dmitri Belogolovtsev as Abderahman, "Raymonda", Bolshoi Theatre, 2010
NataliaBessmertnova.jpg Natalia Bessmertnova
(1941–2008)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
A scene from ballet "Giselle". Natalia Bessmertnova as Giselle.
Alexander Bogatyrev
(1949—1998)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Bolshoi Theatre
Zhanna Bogoroditskaya
(born 1969)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre
Violetta Bovt 1965.jpg Violetta Bovt
(1927—1995)
 United States
 Soviet Union
Ballerina, Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre
Violetta Bovt and Arkady Nikolaev. 1965
Nicolai Boyarchikov
(born 1935)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Ballet master, Mikhaylovsky Theatre
Boris Bregvadze
(1926—2012)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Teacher, Mariinsky Theatre
Dmitri Bryantsev
(1947—2004)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Ballet master, Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre
Yuri Burlaka
(born 1968)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Ballet master, Teacher, Moscow State Academy of Choreography, Bolshoi Theatre
Vladimir Burmeister
(1904—1971)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Ballet master, Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre

C[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Vakhtang Chabukiani
(1910—1992)
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Choreographer, Ballet master, Mariinsky Theatre, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre
Vaghtang Chabukiani (Solor) La Bayadère
Catherine Chislova
(1846–1889)
 Russian Empire
Ballerina
Carherine Chislova.JPG

D[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Alexandra Danilova
(1903–1997)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 France
 United States
Prima ballerina
Danilova as Fanny Cerrito in Pas de Quatre, 1948
Margarita Drozdova
Natalia Dudinskaya
(1912–2003)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Natalia M. Dudinskaya as Söyembikä in the Jakobson/Yarullin Shuraleh, Saint Petersburg, circa 1935

E[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Egorova Lyubov.jpg Lubov Egorova
(1880–1972)
 Russian Empire
 France
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Lubov Egorova in the title role of the choreographer Marius Petipa's and the composer Cesare Pugni's ballet The Blue Dahlia, 1905
Olga Esina
(born 1986)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina
Olga Esina (in Russian Ольга Есина) is a Russian ballerina who was educated at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg. In 2010 she became First Solo Dancer at the Vienna State Ballet.
Olga Esina and Roman Lazik, "Donauwalzer" Belvedere, Vienna, January 1, 2012

F[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Nikolai Fadeyechev
(born 1933)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Dancer, Teacher, Bolshoi Theater
Nikolai Fadeyechev was born in Moscow, was a Soviet Russian dancer ballet, was dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, graduated from the Moscow Ballet School in 1952 and joined the Bolshoi Theatre, danced many principal roles. He danced alongside some of the great ballerinas such as Galina Ulanova in "Giselle" and "Les Sylphides", was a regular partner with Maya Plisetskaya, Raisa Struchkova, Nina Timofeeva, Marina Kondratyeva, Natalia Bessmertnova, Ekaterina Maximova, Ludmila Semenyaka. After that, he became one of the most important teachers and répétiteurs of the Bolshoi Theatre. Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Andrey Uvarov, Sergei Filin, Artem Ovcharenko were among her adepts.
Nikolai Fadeyechev in a scene from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake staged at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of the USSR. 1 January 1956
Sergei Filin 2011-09-20.jpg Sergei Filin
(born 1970)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Dancer, Artistic Director, Bolshoi Theater
Mikhail Fokin.jpeg Mikhail Fokine
(1880–1942)
 Russian Empire
 United States
Danseur
Mikhail Fokine as the hussar in Halte de Cavelerie, Saint Petersburg, circa 1900

G[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
56138860 Ganibalova0.jpg Valentina Ganibalova
(born 1948)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Ekaterina Geltzer 1910.jpg Yekaterina Geltzer
(1876–1962)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Elizaveta Gerdt
(1891–1975)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Ballerina
Elizaveta Gerdt, Elsa Vill, and Pierre Vladimirov in the "Paquita" Pas de Trois, 1905
Le Poisson doré -Pavel Gerdt.JPG Pavel Gerdt
(1844–1917)
 Russian Empire
Premier Danseur Noble
Pavel Gerdt as Pepito in the The King's Command or The Pupils of Dupré
Аделина Джури с дочерью.jpg Adelaide Giuri
(1872—1963)
 Italy
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre, La Scala
Adelaide Giuri as Odette and Mikhail Mordkin as Prince Siegfried in Alexander Gorsky's staging of the Petipa/Ivanov "Swan Lake" for the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 1901. A young Vera Karalli is seen kneeling.
Alexander Godunov.jpg Alexander Godunov
(1949–1995)
 Soviet Union
 United States
Danseur
Goleyzovski-1-wiki.jpg Kasian Goleyzovsky
(1892—1970)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Choreographer, Ballet master, Bolshoi Theatre
Sofia Golovkina
(1915—2004)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Teacher, Ballet master, Moscow State Academy of Choreography, Bolshoi Theatre
Gorsky Aleksandr.jpg Alexander Gorsky
(1871—1924)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Danseur, ballet master, Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre
Ballets by Alexander Gorsky In Philately "Gudule’s Daughter" (a revision of the "La Esmeralda") (1902), "Salammbô" (1910), "Don Quixote" (1900), "Giselle" (1907), "La Bayadère" (1917)
Nadezhda Gracheva
(born 1969)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
A scene from "Raymonda". Nadezhda Gracheva as Raymonda, Bolshoi Theatre, 2010
Yury Grigorovich.jpg Yury Grigorovich
(born 1927)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Choreographer, Ballet master, Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre
Yury Nikolayevich Grigorovich is a Soviet and Russian dancer and choreographer who dominated the Russian ballet for 30 years. Grigorovich was born into a family connected with the Imperial Russian Ballet. He graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic School in 1946 and danced as a soloist of the Kirov Ballet until 1962. His staging of Sergey Prokofiev's The Stone Flower (1957) and of The Legend of Love (1961) brought him acclaim as a choreographer. In 1964 he moved to the Bolshoi Theatre, where he would work as an Artistic director until 1995. His most famous productions at the Bolshoi were The Legend of Love (1965, 2002), The Nutcracker (1966), Spartacus (1967), Ivan the Terrible (1975), The Golden Age (1982, 1994, 2006). Other notable productions The Sleeping Beauty (1963, 1973, 2011), Swan Lake (1969, 2001), Romeo and Juliet (1979, 2010), Raymonda (1984, 2003), Giselle (1987), La Bayadère (1991), Don Quixote (1994), Le Corsaire (1994). Сhoreographed for various Russian companies before settling in Krasnodar, where he set up his own company. Grigorovich has been heading the juries of numerous international competitions in classical ballet. After the death of his wife, the great ballerina Natalia Bessmertnova, on February 19, 2008, he has been offered the opportunity to return to the Bolshoi again in the capacity of ballet master and choreographer.
Dmitry Gudanov
(born 1975)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Bolshoi Theatre
Dmitry Gudanov as Albrecht in "Giselle", Bolshoi Theatre, 21 January 2011

I[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Avdotya Istomina.JPG Avdotia Istomina
(1799–1848)
 Russian Empire
Prima ballerina
Lev Ivanov -St. Petersburg -circa 1885.JPG Lev Ivanov
(1834—1901)
 Russian Empire
Danseur, choreographer, ballet master, Mariinsky Theatre
Lev Ivanov costumed as Solor for Act I of "La Bayadère". St. Petersburg, 1877.

K[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Vera Karalli1.jpg Vera Karalli
(1889–1972)
 Russian Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
 Austria
 Soviet Union
Ballerina, actress
Russian ballerina Vera Karalli. 1910s
Vasily Tropinin 24.jpg Tatiana Karpakova
(1812–1842)
 Russian Empire
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theater
Tamara Karsavina -circa 1910.jpg Tamara Karsavina
(1885–1978)
 Russian Empire
 United Kingdom
Prima ballerina
Russian ballerina Tamara Karsavina (c. 1912)
Irina Kolpakova
(born 1933)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Колосова ев1800-е.jpg Evgenia Kolosova
(1780–1869)
 Russian Empire
Ballerina
Marina Kondratyeva
(born 1934)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
ballerina, Bolshoi Theater
Marina Kondratyeva as Giselle and Maris Liepa as Albrecht in a scene from Act 1 of Adolphe Charles Adam's ballet Giselle staged at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of the USSR. 1 January 1972
Theodore Kosloff 1912.jpg Theodore Kosloff
(1882–1956)
 Russian Empire
 United States
Danseur
Theodore Kosloff in Fokine's 1913 production of Scheherazade
Ekaterina Krysanova
(born 1985)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Ekaterina Krysanova as Aurora in "The Sleeping Beauty", Bolshoi Theatre, 2012
Camargo-Mathilde Kschessinskaya-1897.JPG Mathilde Kschessinska
(1872–1971)
 Russian Empire
 France
Prima ballerina assoluta
Russian ballerina Mathilde Kschessinskaya in "The Talisman", 1905. Mariinsky Theatre, St. Peterbsurg, Russia
Ninel Kurgapkina.jpeg Ninel Kurgapkina
(1929–2009)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Teacher, Mariinsky Theatre

L[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Leonid Lavrovsky
(1905—1967)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Choreographer, Ballet master, Mariinsky Theatre, Mikhaylovsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre
Mikhail Lavronsky
(born 1941)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Bolshoi Theatre
Larissa Lezhnina
(born 1969)
 Russian Federation
 Netherlands
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre, Dutch National Ballet
Olga Lepeshinskaya.jpg Olga Lepeshinskaya
(1916–2008)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Olga Lepeshinskaya as Kitry in Don Quixote. 1940
Andris Liepa 1.jpg Andris Liepa
(born 1962)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
 Latvia
Danseur, Bolshoi Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre, Theatre director, Theatrical producer
Ilze Liepa 1.jpg Ilze Liepa
(born 1963)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Māris Liepa
(1936–1989)
 Latvia
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Latvian Opera and Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre
Marina Kondratyeva as Giselle and Maris Liepa as Albrecht in a scene from Act 1 of Adolphe Charles Adam's ballet Giselle staged at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of the USSR. 1 January 1972
Serge Lifar 1961.jpg Serge Lifar
(1905–1986)
 Russian Empire
 France
Danseur, ballet master
Tamara Toumanova and Serge Lifar in Swan Lake
Ulyana Lopatkina
(born 1973)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Ulyana Lopatkina of the Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House. 7 August 2009
Lydia Lopokova circa 1915-1920.jpg Lydia Lopokova
(1892–1981)
 Russian Empire
 United Kingdom
Ballerina
Ballerina Lydia Lopokova
Fyodor Lopukhov
(1886—1973)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Teacher, Choreographer, Ballet master, Mariinsky Theatre, Mikhaylovsky Theatre
Elena Lukom
(1891—1968)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Elena Lukom and Vladimir Ponomarev as ballet "Les Caprices du Papillon". St. Petersburg, Russia. 1919
Svetlana Lunkina
(born 1979)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Svetlana Lunkina as Odette in Swan Lake, Bolshoi Theatre, 22 May 2011

M[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Askold Makarov
(1925—2000)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Choreographer, Teacher, Mariinsky Theatre, Theatre Choreographic Miniatures
Yulia Makhalina
(born 1968)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Massine, Leonide (1895-1979) - 1914 - Ritratto da Leon Bakst.jpg Léonide Massine
(1896–1979)
 Russian Empire
Danseur, choreographer
Ekaterina Maximova
(1939-2009)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Ekaterina Sergeevna Maximova was a Soviet and Russian ballerina of international renown. Maximova was coached by the legendary ballerina Galina Ulanova. Her greatest successes were the roles of Kitri in Don Quixote, Clara (called Maria in the Bolshoi production) in The Nutcracker, and the title roles in Giselle and Cinderella. Maximova performed with the Bolshoi Ballet from 1958 until 1980, often performing opposite her husband Vladimir Vasiliev. She and her husband gained wide exposure for their appearances in Franco Zeffirelli's filmed version of Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata (1983). When the Bolshoi Ballet toured to the United States for the first time in 1959, Maximova also performed as a guest artist with the Metropolitan Opera in leading roles in The Stone Flower and other ballets. Following her career as a dancer, Maximova was a coach with the ballet and a member of the GITIS Institute faculty. After that, she became one of the most important teachers and répétiteurs of the Bolshoi Theatre. Galina Stepanenko, Svetlana Lunkina, Marianna Ryzhkina, Anna Nikulina were among her adepts.
Yekaterina Maksimova (R) as Kitri and Vladimir Vasilyev as Basilio in a scene from Ludwig Minkus' ballet Don Quixote staged at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of the USSR. 1 January 1971
Asaf Messerer
(1903–1992)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Danseur, choreographer
Messerer.jpg Sulamith Messerer
(1908–2004)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
 Japan
Ballerina,choreographer
Galina Mezentseva
(born 1952)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
 United States
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Victoria Mironova
Alla Mikhalchenko
(born 1957)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Olga Moiseyeva
(born 1928)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre

N[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Anastasia Nabokina
 Soviet Union
 Russia
Bronislava Nijinska.jpg Bronislava Nijinska
(1891–1972)
 Russian Empire
 United States
Prima Ballerina,choreographer
Nijinsky 003.jpg Vaslav Nijinsky
(1890–1950)
 Russian Empire
Danseur,choreographer
Nioradze.PNG Irma Nioradze
(born 1969)
 Soviet Union
 Georgia (country)
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Nureyev Allan Warren.jpg Rudolf Nureyev
(1938–1993)
 Soviet Union
 France
 Austria
Danseur, choreographer, Mariinsky Theatre, Paris Opera

O[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Evgenia Obraztsova
(born 1984)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre
Evgenia Obraztsova dancing "The Sleeping Beauty", Royal Opera House, London, November 2009
Natalia Osipova
(born 1986)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre, Mikhaylovsky Theatre
Natalia Osipova in an extract from "Flames of Paris", at the October 2011 reopening gala of the Bolshoi Theatre
Artem Ovcharenko
(born 1986)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Dancer, Bolshoi Theatre
Artem Ovcharenko as Jean de Brienne, "Raymonda", Bolshoi Theatre, 2010

P[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Valery Panov
(born 1938)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
 Israel
Danseur, choreographer, Mariinsky Theatre
Daria Pavlenko
(born 1978)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Pharaoh's Daughter -Anna Pavlova -1910.jpg Anna Pavlova
(1881–1931)
 Russian Empire
 The Netherlands
Prima ballerina
Anna Pavlova in the Fokine/Saint-Saëns The Dying Swan, Saint Petersburg, 1905
Famous Chuvash 8.png Nadezhda Pavlova
(born 1956)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Sleeping Beauty -Marie Petipa -The Lilac Fairy -1890.jpg Marie Petipa
(1857–1930)
 Russian Empire
 France
Ballerina
Marius Ivanovich Petipa -Feb. 14 1898.JPG Marius Petipa
(1818–1910)
 France
 Russian Empire
Danseur, choreographer, ballet master, Mariinsky Theatre
Ballets by Marius Petipa In Philately "Paquita" (1847), "The Sleeping Beauty" (1890), "Swan Lake" (1895), "Raymonda" (1898)
Maya Plisetskaya 2011.png Maya Plisetskaya
(born 1925)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
 Lithuania
 Spain
Prima ballerina assoluta, Bolshoi Theatre
Maya Plisetskaya performing in Carmen (Carmen Suite). 1974
Olga Prebrajenska.jpg Olga Preobrajenska
(1871–1962)
 Russian Empire
 France
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Olga Preobrajenska in the title role of the choreographer Louis Méranté's and the composer Léo Delibes's ballet "Sylvia", Mariinski-Ballett, 1901

R[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Tatiana Riabouchinska.jpg Tatiana Riabouchinska
(1917–2000)
 Russian Empire
 France
 United States
Ballerina
Ida Rubinstein Face.jpg Ida Rubinstein
(1883–1960)
 Russian Empire
 France
Ballerina, actress
Farukh Ruzimatov
Marianna Ryzhkina

S[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Galina Samsova
Gennady Selutsky
(born 1936)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Teacher, Mariinsky Theatre, Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet
Ludmila Semenyaka
(born 1952)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Lyudmila Semenyaka (left) and Nikolai Kovmir (right) performing at the 1st international ballet contest in Moscow. 1 June 1969
Nina Semizorova
(born 1956)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Marinasemenova.jpg Marina Semyonova
(1908–2010)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina assoluta, Teacher, Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre
Marina Timofeyevna Semyonova was the first Soviet-trained prima ballerina. She was born in Saint-Petersburg. She was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1975. She worked in the Kirov Ballet until 1930, transferred to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Semyonova was guest with the Paris Opéra Ballet in 1935 where she danced Giselle with Serge Lifar. She received the Stalin Prize for 1941 and retired in 1952. After that, she became one of the most important teachers and répétiteurs of the Bolshoi Theatre. Natalia Bessmertnova, Marina Kondratieva, Nadezhda Pavlova, Nina Sorokina, Ludmila Semenyaka, Nina Timofeeva, Nina Ananiashvili, Galina Stepanenko and Nikolay Tsiskaridze were among her adepts. In 2003, she won the Prix Benois de la Danse for lifetime achievement. Semyonova retired from her coaching duties at the age of 96, died on 9 June 2010 in her home in Moscow, three days before her 102nd birthday.
A scene from "Giselle". Russian Prima ballerina assoluta Marina Semyonova as Giselle. c. 1928
Konstantin Sergeyev
(1910—1992)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Choreographer, Mariinsky Theatre
Alla Shelest
(1919-1998)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Daniil Simkin
 Russian Federation
Danseur
Yuri Soloviev
(1940–1977)
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Mariinsky Theatre
Alina Somova
(born 1985)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Nina Sorokina
Olga Spessiva, ballerina, Central Station, Sydney, 1934 photographer Sam Hood.jpg Olga Spessivtseva
(1895–1991)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 France
 United States
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Russian Prima ballerina Olga Spessivtseva as Odette in Swan Lake, 1934
Raisa Struchkova
(1925—2005)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Raisa Struchkova as Aurora in a scene from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Sleeping Beauty staged at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of the USSR. 1 March 1954
Galina Stepanenko
(born 1966)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Galina Stepanenko as Aegina from ballet "Spartacus", Bolshoi Theatre
Diable A Quatre -Mazourka -Marie Surovshchikova-Petipa -1861 -2 -cropped.JPG Mariia Surovshchikova-Petipa
(1836–1882)
 Russian Empire
Prima ballerina

T[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Vadim Tedeev
(1946—2011)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Dancer, Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre
Vadim Tedeev as Arthur, the Gadfly, from ballet "Rivares"
Catherine Teleshova by Kiprenskiy.jpg Ekaterina Teleshova
(1804—1857)
 Russian Empire
Ballerina, Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre
Viktoria Tereshkina
(born 1983)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Vasily Tikhomirov
(1876—1956)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
dancer, Ballet master, Teacher, Bolshoi Theatre
Anefo 911-3241 Aankomst solisten.jpg Nina Timofeeva
(born 1935)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
 Israel
Ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre
Nikolay Tsiskaridze 3.jpg Nikolay Tsiskaridze
(born 1973)
 Soviet Union
 Georgia (country)
 Russian Federation
dancer, Bolshoi Theatre
Nikolay Tsiskaridze, also spelled Ziskaridze, was a premier dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet. Ethnically Georgian, he was born in Tbilisi on 31 December 1973. He joined the Moscow Ballet School in 1987 and was admitted into the Bolshoi Ballet in 1991. In 1992 Tsiskaridze joined the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theater. The then artistic director Yuri Grigorovich saw Nikolai at the graduation exam. At the theater he had the good fortune to enter the class of prominent ballerina Marina Semyonova, and as Nikolai says, became his second mother. The legendary Galina Ulanova also assisted him. He became the youngest person to be named a People's Artist of Russia (2001). He received the State Prize of the Russian Federation in 2001 and 2003 and the Prix Benois de la Danse in 1999.
Georgian-American Ballerina Tamara Toumanova (Tumanishvili) - 1940s.jpg Tamara Toumanova
(1919–1996)
 Russian SFSR
 France
 United States
(Georgian descent)
Prima ballerina, choreographer
Trained in Paris by Preobrajenska, Toumanova was one of Balanchine's Baby Ballerinas and a close colleague of Léonide Massine. She made her debut in the children's ballet L'Éventail de Jeanne. Nicknamed The Black Pearl of the Russian Ballet, she performed in Balanchine's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Le Palais de Cristal. She appeared in Hollywood films, including The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Tonight We Sing (playing Anna Pavlova), Deep in My Heart, Days of Glory, and Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain.
Tamara Toumanova in 1932

U[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Galina Ulanova 1968.jpg Galina Ulanova
(1910–1998)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina assoluta, Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre
Trained under Agrippina Vaganova and her own mother, a ballerina of the Imperial Russian Ballet, Ulanova joined the Mariinsky Theatre in 1928. After 1944 she became a prima ballerina assoluta in Bolshoi Theatre. In 1945 she danced the title role in the world premiere of Prokofiev's Cinderella. On her first international tour in 1956 she achieved enormous success. Having retired from the stage in 1960, Ulanova coached many generations of the Russian dancers. After that, she became one of the most important teachers and répétiteurs of the Bolshoi Theatre. Ekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Svetlana Adyrkhaeva, Nina Timofeeva, Ludmila Semenyaka, Nina Semizorova, Alla Mikhalchenko, Nadezhda Gracheva and Nikolay Tsiskaridze were among her adepts.
Galina Ulanova, as Juliet (right), and Yury Zhdanov as Romeo in Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo And Juliet". 1 October 1954
Andrey Uvarov.jpg Andrey Uvarov
(born 1971)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Dancer, Bolshoi Theatre
Svetlana Zakharova and Andrey Uvarov in Swan Lake, Bolshoi Theatre, 28.10.2011

V[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Stamp of Russia Vaganova2004.jpg Agrippina Vaganova
(1879–1951)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Ballerina, Teacher, ballet master
Agrippina Yakovlevna Vaganova was a Russian ballet teacher who developed the Vaganova method – the technique which derived from the teaching methods of the old Imperial Ballet School (today the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet) under the Premier Maître de Ballet Marius Petipa throughout the mid to late 19th century, though mostly throughout the 1880s and 1890s. It was Vaganova who perfected and cultivated this form of teaching the art of classical ballet into a workable syllabus. Her Fundamentals of the Classical Dance (1934) remains a standard textbook for the instruction of ballet technique. Her technique is one of the most popular techniques today. Among Vaganova's dance alumnus were the distinguished Soviet ballerinas Marina Semenova, Olga Jordan, Galina Ulanova, Tatiana Vecheslova, Feya Balabina, Natalia Dudinskaya, Alla Shelest, Nonna Yastrebova, Olga Moiseeva, Ludmilla Safronova, Ninel Kurgapkina, Alla Ossipenko and Irina Kolpakova. Shortly after her death, on 1 November 1957, the Choreographic College on Rossi street was renamed in her honor; in 1961, it received the title of "academic" and in 1991 it began to use the name Agrippina Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.
Agrippina Vaganova in "La Esmeralda". St. Petersburg, circa 1910.
Ivan Vasiliev
(born 1989)
 Russian Federation
Danseur
Ivan Vasiliev in an extract from Spartacus, at the October 2011 re-opening gala of the Bolshoi Theatre
Vladimir Vasiliev 1972.jpg Vladimir Vasiliev
(born 1940)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Bolshoi Theatre
Vladimir Viktorovich Vasiliev a Russian ballet dancer, was premier dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, and was best known for his role of Spartacus and his powerful leaps and turns, graduated from the Moscow Ballet School in 1958 (his teachers included Aleksey Yermolayev) and joined the Bolshoi Ballet. He became a premier dancer who made enormous contributions to the development of classical male dance; he came to embody the strong new Bolshoi male. He was the first dancer to be given the award la médaille d’or du meilleur danseur du Monde (“The Gold Medal of the World’s Best Dancer”); subsequently Mikhail Baryshnikov and Patrick Dupond were also awarded the distinction. Russia’s influential ballet critic and choreographer Fyodor Lopukhov called him “God of the dance … A miracle in art, perfection”. Numerous roles were created for him, and he performed throughout the world, usually partnering his wife, Bolshoi prima ballerina Ekaterina Maximova. Among the most notable were those created by Yuri Grigorovich, who gave him the principal roles in his original productions of Spartacus, The Nutcracker, Ivan the Terrible. Nonetheless, he and Maximova gleaned wide exposure for their appearances in Franco Zeffirelli's filmed version of Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata (1983). Both performed in Spanish costume (Vasiliev as a matador) in the divertissements composed for the equivalent of Act II, scene 2. Besides Maximova, Vasiliev’s famous partners included: Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Alicia Alonso, Carla Fracci, Rita Poelvoorde and Ambra Vallo.
Vladimir Vasilyev as Nutcracker Prince in scene from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker staged at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of the USSR. 1 March 1966
Ekaterina Vazem
(1848—1937)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Prima ballerina, Teacher, Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre
Ekaterina Vazem costumed as Nikiya for Act II of "La Bayadère". St. Peterbsurg, 1877.
Tatiana Vecheslova
(1910—1991)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Oleg Vinogradov
(born 1937)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Danseur, Ballet master, Choreographer, Teacher,
Mikhaylovsky Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre
Diana Vishneva 22 February 2007.jpg Diana Vishneva
(born 1976)
 Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Prima ballerina, Mariinsky Theatre
Vishneva is one of the 21st century's leading dancers; she is a prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Ballet since 1995 and performs as a guest in ABT since 2005, as well as on other world scenes. Her repertoire includes Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadère, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Giselle. She also performs in George Balanchine's Jewels and Kenneth MacMillan's Manon.
Paquita pas de trois Pierre Vladimiroff
(1965)
 Russian Empire
 France
 United States
Danseur
Anastasia Volochkova
Stella Voskovetskaya Stella Voskovetskaya
(1965)
 Soviet Union
 United States
Ballet dancer,Choreographer, Mariinsky Theatre, Igor Moiseyev Ballet
Stella Voskovetskaya,Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet graduate, created an effective system of training in which she blended Vaganova system and Knyazev floor barre system,which significantly speed up and improve the training of ballet dancers

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Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Leonid Yakobson
(1904—1975)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Choreographer, Ballet master, Mariinsky Theatre
Aleksey Yermolayev
(1910—1975)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Choreographer, Teacher, Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre

Z[edit]

Portrait Person Details Stage Image
Rostislav Zakharov
(1907–1984)
 Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Danseur, Teacher, Choreographer, Ballet master, Theatre director, Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre
Светлана Захарова фото1.jpg Svetlana Zakharova
(born 1979)
 Soviet Union
 Russia
Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre
Svetlana Zakharova and Andrei Merkuriev in 2006

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Garafola, L (1989). Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Oxford University Press. p. 576. ISBN 0-19-505701-5. 
  2. ^ Cashin, K K. "Alexander Pushkin's Influence on Russian Ballet — Chapter Five: Pushkin, Soviet Ballet, and Afterward" (PDF). Retrieved 27 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "A Tale of Two Operas". Petersburg City. Retrieved 11 January 2008.