Principal Artists

Andrey Batalov

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.

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Veronika Hordina

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.

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Mykhailo  Syniavskyi

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.

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ekaterina_bortiakova_2014-1.originalEkaterina 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 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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aksa.originalAkzhol 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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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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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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