Elvira Tarasova

Ballet Mistress

• Honoured Artist of Russia (2003)

Born in Leningrad.
Having graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 1987 (class of Inna Zubkovskaya) she joined the Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet (renamed the Mariinsky Theatre in 1992); soloist from 1996. She created the role of Coppélia (Oleg Vinogradov’s version of Coppélia) and danced lead roles in the ballets La Sylphide (the Sylph), Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha), Le Corsaire (Gulnare, Medora), La Bayadère (Nikia, Ganzatti), Swan Lake (Friends of the Prince), The Sleeping Beauty (Violante Fairy, Diamond Fairy, Gold Fairy, Courage Fairy, the White Cat), The Nutcracker (Masha, Doll, Pas de trois), Raymonda (Clémence, Henrietta, variation in the Dream scene), Don Quixote (Kitri, Queen of the Dryads), Chopiniana (Nocturne, Eleventh Waltz, Mazurka), Le Spectre de la rose (the Girl), The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Maria), Leningrad Symphony (the Girl), Apollo (Calliope), Jewels (Rubies), Serenade, Symphony in C (3rd movement) and Die Puppenfee (the Fairy Doll).

Since 2010 she has been a teacher and coach with the Mariinsky Ballet, rehearsing roles with Yekaterina Kondaurova, Anastasia Matvienko, Tatiana Tkachenko, Kristina Shapran, May Nagahisa and Maria Khoreva. Ballet Master since 2021.

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