Polina Semionova

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Polina Semionova
Born (1984-09-13) 13 September 1984 (age 34)
Moscow, Russia
OccupationBallet dancer
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Photo, bolshoi.ru

Polina Alexandrovna Semionova (Russian: Полина Александровна Семионова; born 13 September 1984) is a Russian ballet dancer who was previously a principal dancer and is currently principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in New York and with the Berlin State Ballet.[1] She is a professor at the Berlin State Ballet School.[2]


She grew up in Moscow and attended Ballet school with her older brother Dmitry Semionov, who is now a principal dancer with the Staatsballett Berlin. Studying at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow, she won awards in the top ballet competitions; including a gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition 2001, First Prize at the Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition in St Petersburg 2002, and Junior Prize at the Nagoya (Japan) International Ballet Competition 2002.

Graduating in 2002, Semionova joined the Berlin State Ballet as a principal upon the invitation of its artistic director Vladimir Malakhov,[3] becoming the youngest principal in the company's history at the age of 18. She toured Japan as Malakhov's partner, the reason he had invited her to be a principal in the company. He gave her the lead roles in The Nutcracker and La Bayadère during her first season, following with the role of Tatiana in Onegin, which became her favourite role. In 2003, at the age of 19, Semionova performed with the English National Ballet in Swan Lake, receiving approving reviews from English critics. The following year she joined the California Ballet in their production of The Sleeping Beauty, again impressing critics despite what they termed a disappointing overall ballet.[4]

Appearing in Herbert Grönemeyer's 2003 music video "Demo (Letzter Tag)", which was later uploaded to YouTube, brought her to the attention of both the dance community and the general public. Semionova is one of the featured artists on EuroArts DVD "Divine Dancers Live from Prague", in which she dances a pas-de-deux from the ballet "Manon".

In 2012, after a conflict with Malakhov,[5] she moved to New York and became a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. In the same year she appeared in Brian de Palma's film Passion as a ballet dancer. In 2013 she was named professor at the Berlin State Ballet School.[2] Her husband, Mehmet Yümak, dances with the Berlin State Ballet.[5] In 2014, she returned to Berlin Staatsballett with her return-performance which was Maurice Bejart's iconic Bolero.


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  1. ^ "The return of Berlin's ballet princess". EXBERLINER.com. 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  2. ^ a b "AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE: POLINA SEMIONOVA". www.abt.org. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  3. ^ Alovert, Nina. On the rise: Polina Semionova: destiny's Ball-a young ballerina's journey from student to Cinderella, Dance Magazine, October 2004. Accessed April 13, 2007.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Janice. California Ballet Company Archived 2006-10-28 at the Wayback Machine., Dance Magazine, March 5–6, 2005. Accessed April 13, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Ein Schwan im Kükenstall". Tagesspiegel (in German). 4 January 2014. Retrieved 2017-02-01.