From the dramatic, to the lyrical to the tricks of a master, Olga Kifyak has it all – public accolades and professional awards. In addition to receiving the top honor at the First International Yuri Grigorovich Ballet Competition, Olga has earned medals in international competition in Rome and Vienna. In 2012, after just over ten years of professional dancing, Olga was named Honored Artist of Ukraine.
Olga’s professional career began at the prestigious Ukrainian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, which she was invited to join in 2001 immediately upon graduation from the Ukrainian Academy of Dance in Kiev.
Olga has since toured extensively, appearing at the International Festival of Ballet Stars of Ukraine, the International Festival of Vatslav Nijinsky, the Horegrafichesky Lotus Festival, the International Festival of the 21st century, and the International Festival of Young Talents in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2004, she toured with former Bolshoi Prima Ballerina Anastasia Volochkova.
Olga’s repertoire includes: Swan Lake as Odette, Odile; the title role in Coppelia; Don Quixoteas Kitri; the title role in Paquita; La Bayadere as Gamzatti; and Spartacus as Aegina; Raymonda; Giselle; Sleeping Beauty; Le Corsair; The Master and Margarita; Danielle; The Viennese Waltz;and Lord Borisphen.
In roles that range from the dramatic, to the lyrical, to the exotic, Olga is a leading light of the art.
Russian Ballet Theatre is proud to welcome her return as a principle dancer for the 2019 US Tour.
Evgeny Svetlitsa exquisitely dances the role of Prince Siegfried in this new production of Swan Lake.
Evgeny is a grand and stunning dancer having been recognized as Honored Artist of Ukraine since 2015.
Training with various dance groups since early childhood, he studied at the Lviv Choreographic School beginning at age 9. His divine musicality can, in part, be credited to the fact that he also plays the clarinet. In 2004, Evgeny graduated from the Kiev University of Culture and Arts with a degree in choreography.
For the last 20 years, he has been working at the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater, but as a star soloist he never stops training. In 2018, he graduated from T. Shevchenko University in Lugansk with a master’s degree in choreography!
Winner of the Vadim Pisarev Prize and the International Competition Arabesque, Evgeny has been an honored guest soloist at theaters in France, China, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden and Holland.
In 2016, Evgeny participated in the U.S. tour of Swan Lake as a guest soloist, and no doubt, his performance in this role will be beyond captivating once again.
Mikhail Ovcharov is the international ballet phenomenon that you won’t soon forget.
His story begins in Siberia, where Ovcharov first pursued his passion for dance. After graduating from the Buriat Choreographic School in 2004, the dancer earned the once-in-a-lifetime scholarship to the New Zealand School of Dance. It was there that he was able to fine-tune his passion into a technical and precise art by achieving the coveted National Diploma in Dance Performance in 2006.
Almost as soon as he was hired at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, his career swept him halfway across the planet to the Tulsa Ballet Theatre in the US.
This ballet luminary finally came full circle after returning to Russia to join the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre. As he proceeds to perfect his craft, Ovcharov will continue to stun the entire globe with his grace, strength, and dedication.
We are proud to present the ever-talented Ovcharov, dancing the part of Jester.
Gorgeous Evgeniia Kosyreva first studied dance at the Mordovian Children’s Choreographic School and then continued getting her professional education at the Mordovian State University.
In 2009, while still being a student, Evgeniia joined the State Musical Theater in Saransk, where for the past eleven years successfully danced through all the theatre’s repertoire and also toured with the company through Europe and China.
Evgeniia loves the adrenaline rush of passionate, energetic dances – her favorite to perform is the Gypsy Dance in Carmen (choreographed by RBT’s Nadezhda Kalinina).
Vasili Bogdan sumptuously performs the role of evil Von Rothbart in the RBT’s production of Swan Lake. He captivates the audience with his incredible leaps and tremendous energy.
Vasili began his ballet training at the age of ten and before that, he attended different dancing classes. “My mother inspired me to take ballet seriously, and I’m very grateful to her for that,” says Vasili.
Almost as soon as he graduated from the choreography college, Vasili has joined the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, where he danced for over a decade as a soloist.
Since 2015 Vasili extensively tours around the world. He says that each performance gives him great pleasure, “I love what I do and I am grateful and proud when I hear the audience appreciating it with applause.”
Alina Shteynberg was born into a rainbow of arts as the daughter of famous ballerina Louise Muhametgaleva and acclaimed violinist Zakhar Steinbergh.
She was described once as “a tall beauty who shoots unbelievable battement developpe like the hands of a fateful clock.”
It is no wonder she was Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, the highest state award possible for an artist in the country.
Alina has often glided above the stage as a leading soloist at the M. Dzhalil Tatar Academic State Opera and Ballet Theater in Kazan, Russia. Also adding to her mastery of ballet, Alina danced at the Boris Eifman Theatre of St. Petersburg from 2002 to 2004.
Ekaterina Sapogova has been nominated twice for The Gold Mask Award as best female performance in a ballet for “Romeo and Juliet” (directed by Vyacheslav Samodurov) and “Naiad and the Fisherman” (directed by Yuri Burlak).
This prestigious honor represents her excellence and honors her celebration of Russian culture.
Ekaterina, who graduated from the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College and danced in the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater, has received other accolades as well including a Diploma from the All-Russian Competition “Russian Ballet” and a Diploma from the International Competition of Ballet Artists “Arabesque”.
Alexey Zuev is a prize-winner of three All-Russia Ballet Competitions: diploma-recipient of the All-Russia Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers, nomination “Character and Folk Stage Dance” (2014); diploma-recipient of the II All-Russia Young Dancers Competition “Russian Ballet” (2015); 2nd prize-recipient of the All-Russia Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers, nomination “Contemporary Dance in the Musical Theater” (2015).
Alexey went on many international tours around the world, including Italy, Spain, Israel, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, UAE, Greece, Scotland, UK, Chile, Bolivia, China, South Korea. Alexey is truly an international artist with a Russian soul and exceptional ballet technique. And he is ready to broaden his career horizon by performing with the Russian Ballet Theatre on the US national tour.
Originally from Chelyabinsk, Santa Kachanova moved to Perm at a young age to get professional education at the Perm State Choreographic College.After graduation in 2011, Santa’s aspirations of dancing professionally came true when she joined Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Most dignified for her, thus far, has been six brilliant seasons at the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg where she fully revealed her marvelous talents in many featured roles.
Over the course of her career, Santa performed on tours through Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Africa, Europe and worked with such acclaimed ballet artists as Douglas Lee, Johan Kobborg, Jean-Guillaume Bart.
Santa was always dreaming of performing in the US: “It seems to be a different world!” She can’t wait for the wonderful 2020 tour together with the RBT.
Kyunsun Park was born in Korea, yet received a Russian Ballet education which gives her performances their own unique fabric.
She was trained at the Russian Ballet Academy in Japan, spent three years at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and performed with the Odessa State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Most majestic for her, thus far, has been her time as a soloist at the Yekaterinburg State Academical Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Kyunsun’s finesse and prowess no doubt comes from her training with Irina Sytnilova (formerly a Mariinksy soloist and Associate Professor at the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy) and “Sir of Dance,” Gennady Selutsky, one of the most honored professors at the Russian Ballet Academy who danced for over 35 years with the Mariinsky Ballet.
As a young and brilliant student, Angelina Sivtseva was awarded a grant from the world-known Galina Ulanova’s Foundation. More to that her talent was acknowledged at many prestigious international competitions, including II International Ballet Competition “Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance” (Japan, 2014) and Korean International Ballet Competition (South Korea, 2017).
Right after graduation from the Yakutsk Ballet School named after Aksenia and Natalia Poselski, Angelina has started her professional career at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater. Her current repertoire includes a Little Swan in Swan Lake, a dance of the shepherds in The Nutcracker, and numerous parts in Giselle, Paquita, La Bayadere, Cinderella, The Naiad and the Fisherman.
We are proud to welcome highly skilled Angelina to the cast of our 2020 USA tour.
Very elegant and magnetic Natalya Bogdan started dancing in her early childhood. Her dancing instructor saw a certain talent in young Natalya and suggested she pursue a professional ballet career.
In 2015, she successfully graduated from the Kyiv Choreographic College and has joined the Ukrainian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. During her career, Natalya worked with many admirable ballet dancers and choreographers, including a former artistic director of the Berlin State Ballet – Vladimir Malakhov.
In 2019, Natalya became a part of the RBT team and joined us in her first USA tour: “I loved everything – the atmosphere and dancing on different stages of the US”.
Kemal Khalikov began practicing ballet when he was ten years old. He went to the Krasnodar Choreographic School, and since then, ballet became an essential part of his life: “I enjoy my work a lot. I live on stage, I become a different person while on stage.”
Since graduation from college, Kemal extensively tours around the world. He believes that there are no limits to perfection and constantly keeps honing his skills with everyday practice. Kemal says that the greatest pleasure for him is when people are delighted with what they see on stage.
For the past five years, Maria Timina has been working passionately with the Saransk State Musical Theater. Her wonderful careerincludes roles in Swan Lake,The Nutcracker, Seven Beauties, One Thousand and One Nights, The Little Humpbacked Horse and more.
Maria believes that work should be a joy and she loves what she does with all her heart.
Maria’s favorite part of all-time is the Russian Dance in Swan Lake. Maria says that the magic of Tchaikovsky’s music and elegant movements of this dance raise an incredible spectrum of emotions in her soul.
Amal Khalikov is a dancer with over 10 years of experience in classical ballet.
Throughout his career, he has performed and toured with numerous acclaimed dance troupes around Europe, Israel, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan, and the US.
Amal possesses a Bachelor’s degree in the field and always works hard to achieve perfection in each dance step.
In 2019, Amal joined the Russian Ballet Theatre and is very excited about the opportunity to perform with the company again.
“Dance is one of the best ways to evolve the body, mind and soul,” says Katerina.
Katerina Torp began her training in Finland with the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet and continued in Moscow at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. In addition to classical disciplines, Katerina practices such styles as Gaga, Forsythe, Graham, and Galili.
During two seasons at the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Katerina marvelously danced featured parts in numerous modern ballets including Faun (B. Nebyla), City Beat (P. Rotaru) and The Young Man and The Death (O. Popa).
In 2019, Katerina has performed in several International galas and this Fall she will shine with the Russian Ballet Theatre cast on the US stages.
Saryglar Aida-Sai grew up in southern Siberia and started dancing from the age of five.
She says that ballet is not work for her but pure pleasure: “Even if we are rehearsing the same performance every day, we live a new life painted with the new emotions each time.”
For the past five seasons, Saryglar flourishingly performed through the entire classical and modern repertoire of the Saransk State Musical Theater. During the course of her career, she participated with the theatre on a national tour in France, but her curiosity encouraged her to join the Russian Ballet Theatre for the exciting tour in the US.
Darika Dunganova is an acclaimed ballet dancer of Kyrgyzstan. In 2016 she graduated from the Bishkek Choreographic School named after Cholponbek Bazarbaev and decided to continue her ballet training in the Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Arts.
The same year she joined the Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theatre as a ballet dancer of the highest category. Three seasons after Darika moved to Moscow to perform a dream role of Juliet in the modern production of Romeo and Juliet.
Yulya Kabatova’s artistry began at the Vaganova Academy and the Mariinsky Ballet Theatre. She always expressed interest in performing on the U.S. stage.
Yulya’s star shines bright in live performance, but her added gleam is unmistakable as she has also starred in ballets that were broadcast in U.S. cinemas including Swan Lake and The Nutcracker in 3D.
Gracefully dancing her way through Don Quixote (choreographer Johan Kobborg), Sleeping Beauty (choreographed by Jean-Guillaume Bar) and more, Yulya also has an eye to the future and looks forward to performing in exciting, new productions.
Following both his parents and his grandfather, an Honored Artist of the USSR, Kirill Kruglov has chosen a ballet path for his career. In 2014 he joined the prestigious Ukrainian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre immediately upon graduation from Kyiv State Choreography College.
Two years after, Kirill’s great artistry was recognized by Mariinski’s Denis Matvienko, who invited him to the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater (NOVAT) to perform in a wide variety of productions including Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Spartacus, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Peer Gynt and more.
From 2019 Kirill continues to enriching his spectacular ballet experience on tours through the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and the USA by joining RBT.
Anna Grigorian is an elegant and delicate soloist of the Saratov Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. Her vast repertory includes featuring roles in Raymonda, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina and many more.
Traveling almost the whole world dancing, Anna also finds time to transmit her fascinating experience to young dancers as a teacher of Saratov Academy of Dance and Music.
Karina Romanova is a true lover of all the classic. She admires great music of Tchaikovsky, and her heart flutters when she performs a Little Swan in Swan Lake and pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty.
After graduation from the Perm State Choreographic College, Karina’s ballet career has been refined on tours through an impressive list of countries.
She always expressed interest in international projects: “The world is so beautiful and huge, and my dream is to visit all countries while doing my favorite art.”
Diana Inglina began her professional ballet training at the age of 10 at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, where she discovered the true love for the art. After successfully completing the school program in 2018, she decided to stay at the Academy with the aim of receiving a BFA degree.
Despite her young age, Diana prosperously performs on tours around the world. As a 19-year-old, she already danced on reputable theatre stages in Switzerland, Israel, China, France, Norway, Qatar, Finland, and Germany.
Valeria Kolesnikova is originally from Saransk – the capital of the Republic of Mordovia. Her number-one passion is dancing, thus she went to the main choreographic school of the republic and successfully graduated from it.
Immediately upon graduation, Valeria was invited to join the State Musical Theater where she danced in the entire classical and modern repertoire, including Nadezhda Kalinina’s Carmen and The Little Humpbacked Horse.
Anastasia Rodina performed in Dwight Rhoden’s renowned ballet, The Great Gatsby immediately upon graduation from the Serge Lifar Kyiv Municipal Dance Academy.
Performances came one after another as she danced in Edward Klug’s Stabat Mater and G. Pergolesi’s opera Radio & Juliet staged to the music of Radiohead.
She says, dancing in such modern productions has freed her spirit and given her even more appreciation, comfort and love to glide her way through classical choreography.
In 2016 Anastasia was invited by Mariinski’s Denis Matvienko to the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater to perform modern repertoire created by choreographers as: Nacho Duato, Mikhail Messerer, Edward Klug, and more.
Komuro Masayo is a very unique, committed, keen dancer. She started practicing ballet when she was only three years old and then continued at the Kyiv Choreographic College under the direction of Andrei Glazshneider.
In 2018, Masayo joined Russian Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet. She says: “If the US audience feels the beauty of classical Russian Ballet, its artistry and charm, if they experience the grace of Russian culture and it makes them happy, then I’m very happy too! I’m genuinely proud of being one of the Little Swans in this exclusive production!”
Kamila Abdrakhmanova grew up in Siberia and began her ballet training as a child. Starting at the musical theatre’s dancing studio, she continued her professional training at the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College.
In 2012 she received an award at the International Festival of Choreographic Educational Schools (Almaty, Kazakhstan). Right upon graduation from college Kamila was invited to the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater, where she successfully danced through all classical repertoire during three seasons.
With the theatre, Kamila participated in the most prestigious Russian theatre festival – The Golden Mask, and in the International Ballet Festival – Dance Open.
Violetta Gerasimovich graduated from the Bashkir Choreographic College named after Rudolf Nureyev. After accepting the invitation to the Belarusian State Academic Musical Theater, Violetta dove into the beautiful world of true classic ballet productions, stunningly performing those of her favorite roles as Shahrazad and Morgiana in One Thousand and One Nights, Arabian Dance solo in The Nutcracker.
Violetta sincerely loves middle eastern themed dances: “I put my entire soul in each movement, I enjoy the rhythm and the atmosphere.”
One of the important career milestones for Violetta was to perform the role of Marianne in France – the national personification of the French Republic.
She always wanted to dance on the international stages and enthusiastically joined the RBT team for its 2020 USA tour.
Alexandra Kozhevnikova is all about arts. At the age of three, she joined a music school and by the age of four started taking dance classes. By the time she was ten, Alexandra already knew that she wanted to become a professional ballerina and joined Kazan Choreographic College.
Right upon graduation in 2015, Alexandra was invited to the Tatar State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Musa Jalil where she performed one of her most iconic roles – Carmen (choreographed by Georgy Kovtun).
After a successful season, Alexandra decided to take a new turn in her career and joined the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre.
Alexandra notably danced through classical and modern repertoire, danced solo and corps de ballet parts, visited 30 countries with grant variety of ballet productions, and does not plan to stop.
Arina Kulish was influenced by a Bolshoi Theatre prima Svetlana Zakharova: “Her incredible performance in La Bayadere left a very deep impression on me. From the moment I saw it for the first time I decided to become a Ballerina.”
Arina graduated from the Choreographic College of Buryatia. She constantly advances her skills by attending different professional workshops. She has master classes with Mariinski’s Margarita Kulik, Konstantin Keykhel, Gilles Jacques Henri Isoara (Paris Opera Ballet) and more under her belt.
In 2019 Arina won the Red Dance Global Prix (RDGP) in Beijing and was invited to continue her professional ballet career in Zhuhai, China. Luckily, she found a way in her busy schedule to join RBT for its 2020 US national tour!