Vladimir Shklyarov

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Vladimir Shklyarov
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Solor in La Bayadère, Mariinsky Theatre (2017)
Born (1985-02-09) 9 February 1985 (age 32)
St Petersburg, Russia, Soviet Union
Education Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet
Occupation Ballet dancer
Spouse(s) Maria Shirinkina (m. 2013)
Children 1
Current group Mariinsky Ballet, Bayerische Staatsballett

Vladimir Shklyarov (Russian: Владимир Шкляров, born 9 February 1985) is a principal dancer of Mariinsky Ballet and the Bayerische Staatsballett.


Vladimir Shklyarov was born in Leningrad, which is now Saint Petersburg. He studied at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and graduated in 2003, class of Vitaly Afanaskov, and joined the Mariinsky Ballet the same year. He was promoted to principal in 2011.

His repertoire includes James in La Sylphide, Duke Albrecht in Giselle, Solor in La Bayadère, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, the Prince in The Nutcracker, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda, Basilio in Don Quixote and Ivan the Fool in The Little Humpbacked Horse. He has also danced the lead roles in the Paquita Grand Pas Classique, Le Spectre de la Rose, Chopiniana and Jewels.

In 2007, he danced the lead role of Zéphyr in the première of Sergei Vikharev's reconstruction of Marius Petipa's one act ballet, The Awakening of Flora. He also danced the lead role of Harlequin in the première of Vikharev's reconstruction of Michel Fokine's ballet, La Carnaval.

In September 2016, Shklyarov and his wife joined the Bayerische Staatsballett in Munich, Germany as principals with the invitation of Igor Zelensky, the theater's new artistic director, though he continues to dance with the Mariinsky.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Shklyarov is married to fellow Russian ballerina, Maria Shirinkina.[3] In February 2015, two days before his 30th birthday, he became a father for the first time when his wife gave birth to their son, Alexey.



  • Prize-winner at the XI International Ballet and Choreography Competition, in the category "Solo" (Moscow, 2009, 1st prize)
  • Prize-winner at the Vaganova-Prix International Competition (St Petersburg, 2002)
  • Holder of the Soul of Dance – 2008 prize, instituted by Ballet magazine, in the category "Rising Star”
  • Holder of the annual Leonid Massine International Prize For the Art of Dance (Positano, Italy, 2008)
  • Holder of the Zegna – Mariinsky New Talent Awards grant (London, 2008)
  • Holder of the DANCE OPEN international ballet prize in the category "Mr Virtuoso" (2014)[4][5]
  • Holder of the BALLET2000 Prize, instituted by BALLET2000 magazine (2016)[6][7]


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