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Natalia Osipova
Principal - Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre

From 1996 until 2004 Natalia Osipova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy with Marina Kotova and Marina Leonova. While still a pupil at the Academy, in April 2003, she won the "Grand Prix" at the International Ballet Competition in Luxemburg.  Upon graduation from the Academy, she was hired by the Bolshoi Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2005, she danced the part of Kitri in Alexei Fadeyechev's production of Don Quixote  to much critical acclaim  After this solo debut she danced many more soloist parts, including the title role in the premiere of Johan Kobborg's production of La Sylphide. In May 2010, Osipova was promoted to a principal dancer after a performance of Don Quixote. In June 2010, she joined American Ballet Theatre for their Metropolitan Opera House season. Performing with ABT, Osipova was described by critics as having “proved herself the most sensational ballerina now before the public." Miss Osipova graciously agreed to be interviewed by Youth Arts in Action mentors Maria Sascha Khan and Nadia Khan from Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich.  This was Youth Arts in Action's first interview in a series entitiled "Inspirng Artists."
Polina Semionova
Principal - Staatsballett Berlin

Polina Semionova is a Principal with Staatsballett Berlin.  She is regarded as a Prima Ballerina and is one of the youngest dancers to achieve this kind of recognition. Studying at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia, she won awards in the top ballet competitions; including a gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition 2001, First Prize at the Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition in St Petersburg 2002, and Junior Prize at the Nagoya (Japan) International Ballet Competition 2002. Graduating in 2002, Semionova joined the Ballet Staatsoper Berlin, becoming the youngest principal in the company's history at the age of 18.  She was given lead roles in The Nutcracker and La Bayadère during her first season, followed with the role of Tatiana in Onegin, which became her favourite role. In 2003, at the age of 19, Polina performed with the English National Ballet in Swan Lake, receiving approving reviews from English critics.  Miss Semionova graciously donated a pair of autographed pointe shoes to Youth Arts in Action to raise awareness of the sponsorship needs of Americans training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia.

Eva Evdokimova
Prima Ballerina Assoluta

Eva Evdokimova was a tall and graceful ballerina who attained the level of Prima Ballerina Assoluta.  She was Rudolf Nureyev's favourite partner in the latter part of his career, and he made her a star attraction at London Festival Ballet in the 1970s, where he was a regular visitor.  She was the first American to win, in 1970, the gold medal at the Varna international competition; the first foreign female to be invited to join the Royal Danish Ballet; and went on to become the first American ballerina to be invited to dance at the Kirov. Her versatility also enabled her to move easily between classical companies and her repertoire of some 120 roles covered 170 years of choreography.
Angelina Armeiskaya
Master Teacher, Kirov Academy of Ballet, DC

Angelina Armeiskaya graduated from the Vaganova
Academy of Ballet with honors. She was principal dancer
with Tbilisi Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and she was also
principal dancer with the Russian State Ballet in Moscow,
and a soloist with Sverdlosk Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
Ms. Armeiskaya starred in the feature-length film "Children of Theatre Street", which was narrated by Princess Grace of Monaco and was nominated for an Academy Award.   She has danced the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Terpsicore in Apollo, Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and the principal role in Rubies. She has been Senior Instructor at the International Ballet School in Colorado Springs, CO, and at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC.

Lauren Brown Photography
Wieslaw Dudek
Principal Staatsballett Berlin

Wieslaw Dudek trained at the National Ballet School of Poland in Lodz. After winning the 1993 and 1995 Polish Ballet Competitions, he danced with the Warsaw National Theatre and Stuttgart Ballet before joining Staatsballett Berlin in 2004. Mr. Dudek taught two Master Class Workshops in Bozeman and Helena when he came to perform in Les Danses de L'Amour.
Maria Sascha Khan
Bayerische Staatsballett, Munich, Germany

Maria Sascha trained at San Francisco Ballet School,
American Ballet Theater, Kirov Academy,
Royal Ballet School, Academie de Danse Classique
Princesse Grace.  She has received an Outstanding
Artist Award. Maria Sascha performed three seasons
with Staatsballett Berlin and is now in her first season
with Bayerische Staatsballett in Munich, Germany. 

Maria Sascha Khan's
videos from
Le Danse de L'Amour:

Swan Lake Pas D'Action

La Monotonia

Lauren Brown Photography
Nadia Khan
Bayerische Staatsballett II

Nadia Khan trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, DC; Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace,  trained privately with Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Eva Evdokimova in NYC; attended the John Cranko Ballett Schule; Summer Intensives and Workshops: Royal Ballet School, London; Rosella Hightower, Cannes, France; English National Ballet School, London; American Ballet Theatre, NYC. She finished her training with former Bolshoi Ballet soloist Masha Mukhamedov. Nadia is now a member of Bayerische Staatsballett II in Munich, Germany.
Emi Hariyama
Staatsballett Berlin

Emi Hariyama graduated from Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow with the top score and was the first graduate from outside the Soviet Union. She joined the Moscow Ballet Theater and the Aalto Ballett Theater in Germany. She trained at the Russian Ballet Academy in Indiana, studying with Irina Korupakowa. She was invited to the Leningrad State Ballet and starred in Giselle and Swan Lake. Emi has won numerous international competitions and she was profiled in the Japanese TV show “Jounetsu-Tairiku” about successful Japanese artists abroad.

Regina Zarhin

Regina Zarhina is professor at the Department of
Ballet - University of Utah.  She studied in St. Petersburg, Russia, at Columbia College-Hollywood and at Univesity of Colorado. She was director of the Academy of Colorado Ballet and at Classical Ballet School, teacher at Elmhurst School for Dance and professor at University of Wolverhampton from the UK. She wrote in Dance Magazine, Ballet Review,  Dance International, Dancing Times, and Pointe Magazine.








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