Svetlana Adyrkhaeva

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Svetlana Adyrkhaeva
Born Светлана Дзантемировна Адырхаева
(1938-05-12) May 12, 1938 (age 78)
Khumalag, Northern Ossetia
Education Vaganova Choreography School
Occupation Ballerina
Employer Bolshoi Theatre
Awards People's Artist of the USSR

Svetlana Adyrkhaeva (born May 12, 1938) (Russian: Светлана Дзантемировна Адырхаева) is an Ossetian and Soviet ballerina who was awarded People's Artist of the USSR in 1984.


Adyrkhaeva was born on May 12, 1938 in a village of Khumalag in Northern Ossetia. She received ballet training at the Vaganova Choreography School and graduated from there in 1955. Three years later she danced Odette-Odile and won first prize for it. In 1960 she was invited to do the same dance at the Bolshoi Theatre.[1] There, she was disciplined by Galina Ulanova but received further mentorship from Marina Semyonova. She participated in a ballet for two generations playing characters such as Aegina in Spartacus, and many others.[2] From 1978 to 1981 she was member of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts from she graduated in 1980 and became a teacher there a year after. From 1995 to 2001 she was a teacher at the Dance Academy of the New Humanitarian University of Natalia Nesterova and then held the same position at the Bolshoi Theater.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Svetlana Adyrkhaeva". Bolshoi Ballet. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Svetlana Adyrkhaeva". Retrieved October 9, 2013.