A photo of Ekaterina Krysanova

Career of Ekaterina Krysanova: The Talented Ballet Prodigy of Russia

 Ekaterina Krysanova (born March 22, 1985) in Moscow, Russia, is a ballet dancer of Bolshoi Ballet and Theatre. She has also been in films such as Esmeralda, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, and more. Her coach at the Bolshoi Theatre is Svetlana Adyrkhaeva.


Early Life

Her life with music started at a very young age. At eight years old, she had already taken ballet lessons from her mother.

At around 10, she studied ballet at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Center in Moscow. She then kept studying at the Moscow State Choreographic School, also known as The Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

It is a very prestigious school of ballet globally and one of the best ballet companies in the world. In 2003, after finishing her studies at the Bolshoi Academy, she eventually became a member.



  • In 2001, she got a gold medal at the Prix de Luxembourg International Ballet Competition and 3rd place at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow.
  • The Vaganova-Prix International Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg awarded her the 3rd prize in 2002.
  • She was also awarded second place at Moscow’s 2005 International Ballet Competition.
  • She got up to soloist rank in 2006, a first soloist in 2008, and a Leading Soloist in 2009 at the Bolshoi theatre.
  • Also, in 2008 she received the Ballet magazine Soul of Dance award.
  • She won the People’s Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania in 2013. Two years after that, in 2015, she got The Golden Mask National Theatre prize for her interpretation of the part of Katharina in “The Taming of the Shrew.”
  • The twined Prize Benois-Massine Moscow was awarded to her in 2016.
  • Igor Tsvirko and Krysanova won the award for Best Duet at the 2018 International Ballet Festival Dance Open.
  • In 2019, she won The Golden Mask prize for her performance of the introduction/title part in “Romeo and Juliet.”


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