Svetlana Zakharova

Born in†Lutsk (Ukraine). From 1989-1995, she studied at†the Kiev Ballet School (Valentina Sulegina's class) and she continued her studies at†the Vaganova Ballet School, in†St.†Petersburg (Elena Evteyeva's class).

In†1996, she joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company (teacher†ó Olga Moiseyeva) where her repertoire included leading roles in†the following, among other, ballets: The Sleeping Beauty, The Bakhchisaray Fountain, The Nutcracker, Le†Corsaire, La†Bayadère, Don Quixote, Sheherazade, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, Chopiniana, Serenade, Symphony in†C†and Jewels by†George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky's Le†Poème†de†l'Extase, John Neumeier's Here and Now, Harold Lander's Etude.

She joined the Bolshoi Theatre in†2003†where she has danced the following roles: Aspicia (La Fille du†Pharaon by†Pierre Lacotte), Title role (Giselle, V.†Vasiliev's version); Odette-Odile (Swan Lake), Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Nikia (La Bayadere), Raymonda (Raymonda)†ó Y.†Grigo-rovich's version; solo part in†Symphony in†C†(choreography by†G†Balanchine), Kitri (Don Quixote), Hyppolita/Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream by†J.†Neumeier). She rehearses with Ludmila Semeniaka.

In†2000, she danced The Sugar Fairy in†Balanchine's version of†The Nutcracker at†New York City Ballet; in†2001†she appeared in†the title role of†Manon, in†Munich, with Bayerisches Staatsballett; in†2002, she danced in†a†new production of†Swan Lake by†Derek Deane for English National Ballet, in†London, and in†Rudolf Nureyev's version of†Swan Lake for Opèra†Bastille. Awards: Vaganova-Prix Young Dancers Competition, Sankt-Peterburg (2nd prize, 1995) and two Golden Mask awards for Serenade (1999) and The Sleeping Beauty (2000).

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