“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.
Ekaterina graduated from the Jalil State Choreographic School in 1998, after just six years of training, 10 years are usually required. At 16 years she won a coveted award from the Vaganova-Prix International Ballet Competition in St Petersburg and in 2001 she was awarded the prize for “Artistic Inspiration” at Kazan International Ballet Competition, and a year later at the International Ballet Competition in Perm she was awarded best “Arabesque” as well as “Best Partnering” award with partner Akshol Mussakhanov.
Upon graduation from school, Ekaterina was invited to join the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tatarstan as a soloist. Later she danced as principal ballerina at Swansea Ballet Russe, in Swansea, Wales, UK. Her repertoire includes principal roles inGiselle, La Fille Mal Garde, Coppelia, La Bayadera, Le Corsaire, Cinderella,Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and more. She has also participated in many international dance festivals, and has toured the US, Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and Norway. In her free time Ekaterina enjoys ballet costume design, reading classical and modern literature, photography, visiting art galleries, theatres, concerts; and camping!