Principal Artists

Ekaterina Bortiakova

ekaterina_bortiakova_2014-1.originalEkaterina 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 as principal dancer “Masha” with partner Akshol Mussakhanov as "Nutcracker Prince." 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

aksa.original 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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Alisa Voronova

Principal Ballerina Alisa Voronova premiered with Moscow Ballet in 2014 in the lead roles of Masha in the Great Russian Nutcracker and as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, 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. 


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Denis Panchenko
Twenty-five year old Principal Danseur Denis Panchenko came to Moscow Ballet in 2015 from the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. He performs the principal roles of Uncle Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker Prince in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake among other lead roles. From 2010 to 2014 he was a member of the Donetsk National Academic Opera and Ballet under Master Teacher A.B.Solovyanenko.

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Rustem Imangaliyev
Rustem Imangaliyev premiered in the U.S. on the 2015 Moscow Ballet tour to 80 cities as Principal Danseur. Imangaliyev is a highly awarded danseur receiving an Honorary Mention from the International Ballet Competition in Korea and an Honorary Award at the Asylmuratova International Ballet Competition in Kazakhstan. Rustem and partner Ekaterina Maximova won Best Arabesque at the Perm International Ballet Competition in Russia.

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Natalia  Ivasenko
Nataliia Ivasenko is Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina premiering in the US and Canada on the 2015 North American tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker. She is the winner of many awards including the International Ballet Competition for Youth “The Crystal Shoe” Kharkov 2009; the youth winner of the “International Ballet Competition” New York 2008; Valentina Kozlova's “International Ballet Competition” Boston 2009; “Yuri Grigorovich International Youth Ballet Dancer of the World” Sochi 2009; and the “International Ballet Competition” Orlando 2012.


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