Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikova premiered with Moscow Ballet in 2016 and was Audition Director in the “Dance with Us” program. Alisa was accepted at the Kharkov Children's Music, Ballet and Choreographic School at just 5 years old, and just six months later she was on stage as a Little Star. Delighted with her costume, Alisa decided then that ballet and the stage was her life! She graduated from the Kharkov University as professional ballerina and teacher of choreographer in 1997. Not content with only dancing Alisa attended the Kharkov National Academy of Municipal Economy, graduating with a degree as engineer economist in 2002. She also has a Teacher of Choreography degree from Ukraine’s Kherson National University and most recently graduated from Kharkov State Academy of Culture, with a Masters of Choreography.
Alisa was invited to join the Kharkov National Opera upon graduating from the National Ballet and Theatre Academy in Kharkov in 1997 performing as a classical ballerina in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Bulgaria, Japan, China, and Mexico with the company. Some of her favorite roles are as Scheherazade in Arabian Nights, Gypsy Zhelobinsky in Don Quixote, and Mother in the ballet Isadora Duncan (Who lived in Russia for a time and was beloved by the Russian ballet community). She has performed as a folk dancer in Bulgaria and as a Modern dancer in Japan. From 2002 to 2005 she was a Ballet Teacher in the studio for children 4 to 6 years old and for a couple of years Alisa taught choreography, gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics for child athletes from 5 to 14 years old. Working with children is her favorite work! Now she also works at the Kharkov Ballet College teaching students to become professional dancers. Some of them have already been accepted in the Kharkov Opera, some have already danced on stages in America with Moscow Ballet! Alisa’s repertoire includes all of the classic ballet stories and modern works as well. Roles that are her specialty include the Russian variation in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, the Gypsy dance in Don Quixote as choreographed by Zhelobinsky, Marjana in The Arabian Nights and as Isadora Duncan in the mother role and many of the other classic ballets and operas performed at the Kharkov National Opera & Ballet Theatre. Alisa also really loves traditional folk dances. The Spanish, “Gypsy” and Russian styles are her favorites, so the Russian and Spanish Variations in the Great Russian Nutcracker are her favorite roles on tour! When Alisa stops performing classical ballet, she plans on studying Ballroom dance!