Moscow Ballet welcomes Principal Ballerina Tatiana Nazarkhevich to the 2016 North American tour in the role of Masha/Clara opposite Andrey Batalov. From 2011 to 2015 Tatiana was invited to tour to many cities in China by Maestro Vladimir Pak, a graduate of the world renowned Vaganova Academy of Dance, second only in the world to the Bolshoi. On this international tour Tatiana partnered with St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Ballet super star Andrey Batalov who is Moscow Ballet’s Principal Danseur on the Central Tour and Balletmaster for 2016.
Kommersant, a nationally distributed daily newspaper published in Russia, states “In his crowning glory of the pas de deux from Le Corsaire St Petersburg dancer Andrey Batalov made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena, and his jeté splits, the whirlwind of various spins and pirouettes and other ‘high-class aerobatics,’ left the audience totally stunned." Moscow Ballet’s Ballet Master Andrey Batalov became an “Honored Artist of Russia” in 2010 and has been praised by the press all of his career. “He possesses a virtuoso technique and has fantastic leaps and turns,” writes Ballet Magazine.
Born in Kiev, Ekaterina Alaeva was most recently Principal Ballerina of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine and was bestowed with the title Honored Artist of Ukraine. She studied under L. Smorgachova and graduated from State College of Choreography in Perm in 1998. Perm, considered the third best ballet school in the world after Bolshoi and Mariinsky, in the Class of N. Silvanovich. Her graduating class concert was directed by Asaf Messerer, known as distinguished Principal Danseur, teacher and choreographer for the Bolshoi Ballet. Upon graduation she was invited to join the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine in Kiev.
Kostyantyn Vinovoy became the principal soloist of the Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre immediately after graduating from the Kiev State Ballet School under Ballet Master Nobuhiro Terada. He won a top award at the world renowned Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Ukraine and is a brilliant principal dancer. He has frequently participated in “The Young Ballerina Festival” in Nagoya, Japan with which his Ballet Master Tekada has close ties.
Twenty three year old Veronika Hordina is premiering with Moscow Ballet as Principal Ballerina on the 2016 Great Russian Nutcracker North American tour. She has already received many ballet awards and scholarships in her young career. She was invited to attend the Kharkov State Choreographic Academy and went on to the National State Choreographic College in Kiev, where she graduated, just three years later, in 2015. In 2010, Veronika won First Place for her performance of “Halitska Terpsichore” at the International Youth Competition of Choreography in Kiev.
Mykhailo Syniavskyi is an award winning danseur performing solo roles since his graduation from the Ukraine Choreographic College in Kiev. Syniavskyi studied at the Donetsk State Choreographic School from 2000 to 2005 with esteemed teacher Yuri Tsibulsky. He then went to Kiev Choreographic College from 2005 to 2008 and studied under teacher E. Kaygorodov who is an Honored Artist of Ukraine. Syniavskyi won Silver at the Fourth and Fifth IV International Youth Classical Dance Contest "Crystal Shoes" in Kharkov in 2005 and in 2007.
“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 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.
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).
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.
Principal danseur Dmitry Kozhemyakin originally hails from Izhevsk, a small town in the farthest reaches of Eastern Russia, and he now lives in Moscow. Kozhemyakin performed in the festival called “Russian Seasons XXI century” by Andris Liepa in Riga and Paris and won a medal in 2009 at the Internationla Ballet Compeittion of Choreographers Named after R. Zakharov for his work “Maria.” .” Dmitry graduated from the famous Bashkir National Ballet Academy named after Rudolf Nureyev in 2003.
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.