Karyna Shatkovskaya is a multiple award-winning principal ballerina. In 2009 she was recognized with an award in the prestigious Second International Ballet Competition(IBC) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan and in 2010 became 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. She received a Diploma of the First International Children and Youth Classical Dance Competition in Yalta, and 3rd prize of the Second International Competition of Youth in Yalta. In 2000 she won 2nd prize and received an awardatthe Third International Children and Youth Classical Dance Competition.
Karyna was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and graduated from the Kharkov State Choreographic Ballet School. Two years later she graduated from the International Slavic University and was immediately invited to join the Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theater Company. In 2004, she graduated from the Kharkov School of Culture,in the class of Silvestrov, and in 2006 she graduated from the higher level Kharkov Academy of Culture with a degree in Classical Choreography. She studied under the direction of People's Artist of Ukraine S. Kolyvanova, Honored Artist of USSR M. Bezzubikovym and Honored Artist of Russia I. Surnevoy.
Karyna debuted as a principal dancer in September 2002 dancing the role of Maria in the Odessa National Opera and Ballet’s Nutcracker. Her repertoire includes lead roles in ballet’s most coveted performances:Coppelia, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Don Quixote and more. Other repertoire includes: La Bayadere, A Thousand and One Nights, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Halt the Cavalry, Spectre de la Rose, Giselle, Swan Lake, Petrushka and Gounod's Faust. She has toured extensively including to France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, Russia, USA, Canada, and Latin America. Karyna was Guest Soloist with the Imperial Ballet of Russia, under the direction of Taranda, and with the International Ballet of Russia, under the direction of Surnevoy, before joining Moscow Ballet.