Ekaterina Kondaurova

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Ekaterina Kondaurova
Born (1982-08-20) August 20, 1982 (age 36)
EducationVaganova Ballet Academy
OccupationBallet dancer
Current groupMariinsky Ballet
DancesSwan Lake, La Bayadère, Anna Karenina, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, The Firebird, Raymonda

Ekaterina Kondaurova, Russian: Екатерина Кондаурова, (born August 20, 1982) is a Russian ballet dancer, currently one of the stars of the Mariinsky Ballet from Saint Petersburg.

Early life[edit]

Born in Moscow, Kondaurova is the daughter of an optician. She showed an early interest in gymnastics, piano and dance. After she failed to gain admission to the Bolshoi Ballet School, her mother was successful in having her accepted by the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in Saint Petersburg. After graduating in 2001, she immediately joined the Mariinsky.[1]


While on tour to Frankfurt in 2003, Kondaurova was noticed by the choreographer William Forsythe who the following year invited her to dance in the Mariinsky premiere of his In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. As a result of the excellent reviews she received, she soon starred in other contemporary works by Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky and Kirill Simonov. Olga Chenchikova, her coach until 2007, ensured her success in classical ballet roles, for example with her personalized interpretation of Nikiya in La Bayadère. Since 2007, her coach has been Elvira Tarasova.[2] Kondaurova has also danced in several of George Balanchine's ballets including Symphony in C and Jewels (ballet).[1]

In 2008, Kondaurova married Islom Baimuradov, her frequent Mariinsky dancing partner. She shares his interests in walking, gastronomy and interior decoration.[1] She became a principal dancer at the Mariinsky Ballet in 2012.[3]



Ekaterina Kondaurova has received the following awards:[4]

  • 2006: Prix Benois de la Danse
  • 2008: St. Petersburg's Golden Sofit award (Alma, Glass Heart)
  • 2010: St Petersburg's Golden Sofit award (Anna Karenina)
  • 2011: Golden Mask for her title role in Anna Karenina
  • 2011: Recipient of Ballet magazine's Spirit of Dance award in the category “Star”


  1. ^ a b c Elizabeth Kendall (December 2009). "The Bewitching Ekaterina Kondaurova". Pointe Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  2. ^ Catherine Pawlick (January 2014). "Mentors of the Mariinsky". Dance Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Yekaterina Kondaurova". Mariinsky Theatre. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Ekaterina Kondaurova". Benois Theatre. Retrieved 27 April 2014.