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Principal Artists

Moscow Ballet's Principal Artists
Great Russian Nutcracker


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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 2014 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.

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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).

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Karyna Shatkovskaya

Karyna Shatkovskaya is a multiple award-winning principal ballerina. In 2009 she was recognized with an award inthe prestigious SecondInternational Ballet Competition(IBC) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan and in 2010became overall Ukrainian State Prize Winner.  At the age of 9 she received her first award at the Kharkov Ballet Competitionand 2 years later she received a Diploma of Ukrainian Youth Ballet, sanctionedby UNESCO. 

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Vladimir Tkachenko

Vladimir Tkachenko was born in 1987 in Kharkov, Ukraine and in 2006 he graduated with honors from the prestigious Perm Choreographic School, in the class of V. Alikina. There is a long-standing tradition of collaboration with directors and choreographers from the west at the Perm due to projects with the George Balanchine Foundation and the Jerome Robbins Foundation.  The repertoire of the theatre includes masterpieces of the most distinguished choreographers of the 20th Century. Upon graduation from Perm he was he was offered a position at the State Kremlin Ballet of Moscow and made his professional debut that September in La Esmeralda as the Hunchback Quasimodo.

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