Natalia Osipova in an extract from Flames of Paris, at the reopening gala of the Bolshoi Theatre 2011
|Born||Natalia Petrovna Osipova
May 18, 1986
|Education||Moscow State Academy of Choreography|
|Current group||Mikhailovsky Theatre|
|Former groups||Bolshoi Ballet|
Natalia Petrovna Osipova (Russian: Ната́лья Петро́вна О́сипова) (born 18 May 1986 in Moscow, Russia) is a Russian ballerina, currently performing as a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London.
She began her formal ballet training at the age of 8 at the Mikhail Lavrovsky Ballet School and completed her studies from 1996 to 2004 at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, under the tutelage of Marina Kotova and Marina Leonova. At the age of 18 she joined the Bolshoi Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2005 she danced the role of Kitri in Alexei Fadeyechev's production of Don Quixote to much critical acclaim  and was promoted to soloist in 2006. She was named one of the "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine in 2007,  was awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse.in 2009 and was promoted again to leading soloist. In 2010 she was made a principal of the Bolshoi Ballet, but resigned from the company in 2011, citing "artistic freedom" as her reason for leaving.
After leaving the Bolshoi, she joined American Ballet Theatre as a guest dancer for their Metropolitan Opera House season. She danced Don Quixote with José Manuel Carreño, and both Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet with David Hallberg. A week before her performance in Sleeping Beauty, she was mugged outside the MET, but suffered only minor bruises and was able to perform. She lost only a pair of pointe shoes and a small hammer used to shape them. In December 2011, she joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet.
On 8th April 2013, it was announced that Osipova would join The Royal Ballet as a principal dancer, having previously danced as a guest artist with the company in Swan Lake. She is due to debut on Thursday 21 November 2013, in Kenneth MacMillan's production of Romeo and Juliet, to be partnered by Carlos Acosta. She has also been announced for performances of the Nutcracker by Sir Peter Wright and Jewels by George Balanchine.
Best performances and repertoire
Natalia's debut as Kitri in Don Quixote on 7 November 2005 ignited her career considerably.
Other notable roles are:
- The Spanish Bride in Swan Lake
- Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadère
- The title roles in Giselle and in La Sylphide
- The title role in Romeo and Juliet
- Swanhilda/Coppelia in Coppélia
- Richard Sherrington Award for Best Female Dancer
- 2007 : UK National Dance Awards
- Golden Mask as Best Female Dancer for Twyla Tharp's In The Upper Room
- Positano Dance Award Leonide Massine
- Prize of the Golden Mask jury for best duet in La Sylphide
- 2009 : The International Dance Association Prix Benois de la Danse.
- Большой театр
- "25 to Watch". Dance Magazine. January 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
- Wakin, Daniel J. (November 14, 2011). "Bolshoi Is Stung by Loss of Two Stars". The New York Times.
- Sulcas, Roslyn (June 17, 2010). "A Determined Ballerina, Propelled to the Top". The New York Times.
- Wakin, Daniel J. (June 15, 2010). "ABT Ballerina Is Attacked". The New York Times.