Karyna Shatkovskaya stars as Masha/Clara in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan
Lake on the 25 th Anniversary Tour of the U.S. and Canada. She has been recognized in the prestigious
Second International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Astana, Kazakhstan and received Kazakhstan State Prize
as well. She received her first award at the Kharkov Ballet Competition and 2 years later received a
Diploma of Ukrainian Youth Ballet, sanctioned by 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. She also won the Silver Prize and received an award at the
Third International Children and Youth Classical Dance Competition.
Karyna was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and graduated from the Kharkov State Choreographic School. She
then 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 with a degree in Classical Choreography. She continued
her studies under the direction of People' Artist of Ukraine S. Kolyvanova and with Honored Artist of
USSR M. Bezzubikovym and Honored Artist of Russia I. Surnevoy.
Karyna debuted as a soloist in September 2002 dancing the role of Maria in the Odessa National Opera
and Ballet’s Nutcracker. Her repertoire includes the 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 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.