Alexandra Elagina made her North American debut as Masha on the 2010 eastern leg of the Moscow Ballet tour to critical acclaim, noted as “brimful with feeling,” by Alastair MacCaulay, NYTimes Chief Dance Critic and “exuded the essence of delicacy,” in Charleston Today. Alexandra hails from Kazan, called the “Third Capital of Russia” after Moscow and St Petersburg, lying at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers.
Shota Onodera performs the role of Nutcracker Prince in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Onodera is an award winner performer receiving Silver Award at the Mongolian International Ballet Competition in 2018 in Arabesque.
Kostyantyn Vinovoy became the principal soloist of the Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre immediately after graduating from the Kiev State Ballet School under Ballet Master Nobuhiro Terada. He won a top award at the world renowned Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition and is a brilliant principal dancer.
Karyna Shatkovskaya received her first award at the Kharkov Ballet Competition and two years later received a Diploma of Ukrainian Youth Ballet, sanctioned by UNESCO. She has been recognized in the prestigious Second International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Astana, Kazakhstan and received Kazakhstan State Prize as well.
Rustem Imangaliyev premiered in the U.S. on the 2015 Moscow Ballet tour to 80 cities as Principal Danseur. Imangaliyev is a highly awarded danseur receiving an Honorary Mention from the International Ballet Competition in Korea and an Honorary Award at the Asylmuratova International Ballet Competition in Kazakhstan.
Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Tatiana Nazarchevici dances as Masha performing side by side with husband Nikolai Nazachevici as the Nutcracker Prince on the 2019 North American tour. From 2011 to 2015 Tatiana performed all over China dancing with Maestro Vladimir Pak, a graduate of the famous and historic Vaganova Academy of Dance in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Nicolai Nazarchevici premieres on the 2019 Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker Gift of Christmas Tour as a Principal Dancer performing the Nutcracker Prince and the French Variation. Hailing from Chisinau, he has performed as a principal dancer with St. Petersburg Classical Ballet of Andrey Batalov, as a soloist with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Moldova and as Principal Danseur in Shenzhen, China.
Principal Ballerina Olena Pecheniuk premieres with Moscow Ballet on the 25th Anniversary Tour of North America as heroine Masha in the Great Russian Nutcracker and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Olena is a rising star ballerina evidenced by her award of Honored Artist of Culture in 2013.
Oleksandr Skulkin premiered as Nutcracker Prince on the West Tour of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan Lake in 2017, and returns to Moscow Ballet in 2018 in the same roles. Oleksandr partners the award winning and remarkable Olena Pecheniuk.
Alisa Alekseeva premieres as Masha on the 2019 Great Russian Nutcracker Gift of Christmas Tour. This young superstar ballerina is a Finalist of the XV (15th) Open Russian Ballet Competition "Arabesque 2018” named after Catherine Maximova, and a Laureate of the International Ballet Competition “Grand Prix of Siberia” in November 2018.
Principal Danseur Vladyslav Bosenko premieres with Moscow Ballet as Nutcracker Prince in the Great Russian Nutcracker 2019. In spring 2019 Bosenko was accepted to participate in the Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition and Festival in Budapest, Hungary, which was a commemoration of Nureyev’s death 25 years ago and celebration of his 80th birthday.
Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Natalia Gubanova is a graduate of the world famous Vaganova Ballet Academy. She is Laureate of the 2010 International Ballet Competition in Athens; recipient of a diploma from the International Ballet Competition of Romania 2010; prize-winner at the International Ballet Competition in Rieti, Italy in 2007 and 2009, and participant in the 2013 10th International Ballet Competition in Greece.
Alexey Gerasimov is a prize-winning danseur and a guest soloist and hailing from Moscow. Alexey graduated from the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy and, in 2010, earned a Ballet Master Diploma from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. He won Gold in the Hellas International Ballet Competition and Silver in the Sibiu International Ballet Competition.
Olga Sharikova premieres on Moscow Ballet’s 2019 Gift of Christmas Tour in the role of Masha in performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker. Sharikova graduated from the Kharkov Choreographic School in 2004 and studied at the Kharkov College of Arts from 2004 to 2008. And from 2008 to 2012 she performed with the company of the Kharkov National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater.