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Principal Artists

Moscow Ballet's Principal Artists
Great Russian Nutcracker





Ekaterina Bortiakova

Ekaterina Bortiakova, epitome of a classical ballerina…to say that I was impressed would be an extreme understatement. Her performance was flawless.” Alt Daily, Virginia Beach VA, Jaime Simpson, December 23, 2009

Ekaterina Bortiakova returns to Moscow Ballet’s North American tour in 2013 as principal dancer “Masha” with partner Akshol Mussakhanov as “Nutcracker Prince”on the East tour. Born in Kazan, Tatarstan, Bortyakova attended the Jalil State Choreographic School of Kazan, which annually presents the Rudolf Nureyev Festival in honor of the ballet legend whose family also hails from Tatarstan.

Ekaterina graduated from the Jalil State Choreographic School in 1998, after just six years of training, 10 years are usually required. At 16 years she won a coveted award from the Vaganova-Prix International Ballet Competition in St Petersburg and in 2001 she was awarded the prize for “Artistic Inspiration” at Kazan International Ballet Competition, and a year later at the  International Ballet Competition in Perm she was awarded best “Arabesque” as well as “Best Partnering” award with partner Akshol Mussakhanov.

Upon graduation from school, Ekaterina was invited to join the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tatarstan as a soloist. Later she danced as principal ballerina at Swansea Ballet Russe, in Swansea, Wales, UK. Her repertoire includes principal roles in Giselle, La Fille Mal Garde, Coppelia, La Bayadera, Le Corsaire, Cinderella,Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and more. She has also participated in many international dance festivals, and has toured the US, Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and Norway. In her free time Ekaterina enjoys ballet costume design, reading classical and modern literature, photography, visiting art galleries, theatres, concerts; and camping!















Akzhol Mussakhanov

Akzhol Mussakhanov, a native of Almaty the largest cultural center in Kazakhstan, is Moscow Ballet Principal Danseur performing Nutcracker Prince in the Great Russian Nutcracker and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet on the East tour. He is laureate of the IX International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2001); Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev (2004), and Festival of Independence of Kazakhstan, Kzakhstan (2006). He is a 2001 graduate of Jalil State Choreographic School of Kazan which was founded in 1943 as part of the evacuation of many cultural organizations to far eastern Russia during World War II. Graduates of the renowned school are counted among the winners of world competitions, famous choreographers, teachers and ballet dancers. Kazan is the capital of Kazakhstan and 8th largest city of greater Russia. It lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers, and is famous for its multi-ethnic residents living side-by-side in peace.

Upon graduation Akzhol was invited to become soloist at the renowned Jalil State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tatarstan, and established in 1791. Akzhol has danced for the State Opera and Ballet Theatre in beautiful Odessa, Ukraine and as principal at Swansea Ballet Russe in Wales, UK.  Akzhol is known for his strength and mastery of leading roles includingNutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs and more. He has toured the US, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Canada, France, Holland, Greece, Norway and Denmark.























Alisa Voronova

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Alisa Voronova was accepted to and graduated from the famous Kiev State School of Choreography which has also produced ballet superstar Svetlana Zakharova, now soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, and many more.  Voronova received a diploma from the International Ballet Competition “Youth in the Ballet” in Kiev 3 years prior to graduating from ballet school and was participant of the International Ballet Festival “World Ballet Stars” in the Grand Pas contest in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Shortly after graduation from Kiev State School of Choreography, she was invited to become soloist of Ukraine’s historic Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre and has also performed for Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre for Children and Youth, quickly being promoted to the rank of soloist.

Voronova’s repertoire includes principal roles in the greatest classical ballets including Masha in The Nutcracker; Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet;  Cinderella in Cinderella; 7th Valse, Prelude, and 11th Valse inLes Sylphides; Snow White in Snow White and Seven Dwarfs and more. In addition to full length ballets she enjoys performing her concert repertoire with classical and contemporary choreography. Voronova performs internationally in Great Britain, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Swiss, Portugal, Spain, Canada and the US.



















Anatolie Ustimov

Anatolie Ustimov is Principal Danseur performing Nutcracker Prince and Romeo in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet on the West North American tour. He is Laureate of the 2009 International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Moscow and hails from Chisinau, the capitol of Moldova, a republic of the former Soviet Union.  He debuted as the Nutcracker Prince on the eastern leg of the 2010 Great Russian Nutcracker tour to critical acclaim. “Masha and the Prince, a handsome pair of principal dancers,” DC, “Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov…partnered beautifully and executed their solos with aristocratic finesse”Cleveland Plain Dealer, and “When performed by masters like these, ballet seems effortless, elegant, and easy.” Twin Cities Daily Planet.  Ustimov graduated with honors from the State Academic Choreographic School of Moldova in 2001, and was invited as principal artist with the State Theater of Opera and Ballet of Moldova since before graduation, in 2000. He has also performed Principal Soloist of the “National Opera and Ballet Theater” Kharkov, Ukraine and of the “National Opera and Ballet Theater” Rostov-on-Don and participated in “International Festival Maria Bieşu” in Moldova.

Ustimov is the archetypal male Russian dancer and has significant ballet repertoire including Siegfried in Swan Lake, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Bluebird pas de deux in Sleeping Beauty, Albrecht in Giselle, Franz in "Coppelia," Count Cherry in "Chipollino," and Espado in "Don Quijote." Ustimov speaks Russian, English and Romanian. He has toured internationally to Great Britain, Romania, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Greece, China, Sweden, USA, and Canada.




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