Meet the Audition Directors

Moscow Ballet’s Vaganova-trained Soloists and Audition Directors are integral to the success of the “Dance with Us” student dancers who perform beside the pros in the Great Russian Nutcracker! These accomplished soloists audition and rehearse over 5,000 local ballet students annually in cities on the tour, helping to prepare them for their debut alongside Moscow Ballet's company of 40 professional Russian dancers. 

Alisa Bolotnikova

Alisa Bolotnikova
Alisa Bolotnikova

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!

Bogdana Kopiy
Bogdana Kopiy

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Yuriy Kuzo arabesque
Yuriy Kuzo arabesque

Bogdana Kopiy

Svetlana Popova does exercises at the barre
Svetlana Popova does exercises at the barre

Bogdana Кopiy has performed with Moscow Ballet for three tours. When Bogdana was 5 years old, her mother brought her one pointe shoe and she immediately tried to stand on it leaning against the table. This is how the story of Ballerina Bogdana began to evolve into the daily life of a professional ballerina.

Mykhailo Shcherbakov as Nutcracker Doll
Mykhailo Shcherbakov as Nutcracker Doll

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Anna Trofimova
Anna Trofimova

Yuriy Kuzo

Mariia Yevdokymova
Mariia Yevdokymova

Yuriy took his first steps in dance when he was 6 years old and fell in love with the magic of dancing. He soon auditioned and was accepted at the vocal and dance ensemble Rushnychok. Rushnychok students studied all types of performing art, including choreography, vocals, acting skills, history of theatre, and the history of traditions.

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Svetlana Popova

Svetlana (Lana) Popova returns this year as a Moscow Ballet Audition Director and Soloist. Lana had an interested in choreography, painting and music at a young age, even staging her first theatrical performances for her family when she was five years old. Now, she is a professional ballerina and choreographer as well as the director of cultural events, theatrical performances and festivals and a teacher of special disciplines in the specialty of pedagogy of additional education.

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Mykhailo Shcherbakov

Mykhailo Shcherbakov was born in Pugachov, Russia but moved to Kiev at just ten-years-old to start studying in Kiev Choreographic College. While in school, he participated in many ballet competitions, including Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition and the International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers in Moscow. 

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Anna Trofimova

Ballerina Anna Trofimova was born in 1994 and at just 8 years old she was invited to study at the Vadim Pisarev School of Choreographic Mastery. During her four years there, she took part in the International Ballet Festivals “Grand Pas” and “World Stars Ballet” where she was able to be on the stage with the famous ballet dancers including Ilze Liepa, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Vladimir Vasiliev, Farukh Ruzimatov, Daniil Simkin, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vyshneva, and Vladimir Malakhov!

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Mariia Yevdokymova

Mariia Yevdokymova premieres this year as a Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director. She started dancing at Classical Dance Ensemble at just seven years old and studied there until she was 14. In 2012, she attended Odessa College of Arts and Culture named after K.F. Dankevich. 

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