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Category Archive: Dancer

Elena Ilinykh – Nikita Katsalapov

Elena Ilinykh Nikita Katsalov

Elena Ilinykh – Nikita Katsalapov

Elena Ilinykh – Nikita Katsalapov are Russian figure skaters. You know, they are 2014 Olympic champions, 2013 European silver medalists, 2012 European bronze medalists. By the way, they are three-time Russian national silver medalists, 2010 World Junior Champions, 2009 JGP Final silver medalists, Honored Masters of Sports of Russia.

Elena was born on April 25, 1994 in Aktau, Kazakhstan. She began skating at the age of four. Elena always wanted to try her hand at ice dancing, which seemed to her something special and beautiful. In her group there was a boy, Nikita Katsalapov, whose mother wanted him to dance. So Lena and Nikita teamed up in 2005. But they often quarreled and as a result, their couple broke up. Ilinykh said they were too young at that time to understand the partnership and find a compromise.
In 2006, Elena went to the U.S. to train in Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva’s group. There she has gained invaluable experience in skating. In America Lena didn’t find a partner. In 2008 she came to Moscow. After a while it was decided that Lena and Nikita should skate together. In 2008 Volkov and Zhulin became their coaches.
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Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin

Victoria Sinitsina Ruslan Zhiganshin

Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin


Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin are Russian ice dancers. They were champions at the 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships and 2012 Junior Grand Prix Final winners. By the way, they are 2013 Winter Universiade and 2014 Championship of Russia bronze medalists. Also Victoria and Ruslan are 2011 JGP Final champions, Masters of Sports of Russia.

Victoria was born on April 29, 1995 in Moscow, Russia. The girl began skating at the age of four to improve her health. Her father Alexander Sinitsin and aunt Tatiana Sinitsina are former gymnasts.
Victoria took up ice dancing at the age of 10 and had one partner before meeting Zhiganshin in a group coached by Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh. Not long after, they joined Elena Kustarova and Svetlana Alexeeva.

Ruslan Zhiganshin was born on September 25, 1992 in Moscow. His elder sister is Nelli Zhiganshina, who competes for Germany with Alexander Gazsi. She is a four-time German national champion and has won twelve international medals.
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Famous Russian Prima Ballerinas

Russian Prima Ballerinas

Famous Russian Prima Ballerinas

Famous Russian Prima Ballerinas of the XX century

Maya Plisetskaya
Soviet and Russian ballet dancer, choreographer, People’s Artist of the USSR, was born on November 20, 1925. The world-famous prima ballerina had a very difficult childhood. In May 1938, her father was killed and her mother was deported to Kazakhstan. Little Maya was adopted by a maternal aunt, a soloist of the Bolshoi Theater. In many ways it influenced her future career. And in 1943, Plisetskaya graduated from the Moscow Choreographic School and almost immediately the girl was admitted to the Bolshoi Theatre. Her talent and hard work helped her a lot and soon young Maya established herself as a prima ballerina. She is a great example for many dancers of the new generation.
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Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova – Sudeikina was a symbolic figure of the Silver Age. She was an actress, dancer, painter, sculptor, translator and one of the first Russian fashion models. People called her Beauty of the Silver Age, Columbine, Decadence Fairy.
Pretty girl was born on May 27, 1885 in St. Petersburg.
In 1905 she graduated from the Imperial Theatre School and joined the Alexandrinsky Theatre. There she became the favorite pupil of Konstantin Varlamov.
A yhear later, in 1906, Olga met the love of her life – the artist Sergei Sudeikin, and went to Moscow with him. In January 1907 they got married. You know, Olga was happy, but the idyll was broken. Poet Mikhail Kuzmin appeared in their family life. She participated in Kuzmin’s musical performances, costumes and decorations were made by Sergei Sudeikin. Mikhail became not just Sergei’s close friend, but his… lover. Olga was disappointed. The couple broke up in late 1915.
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Yulia Adasheva, beautiful model

Yulia Adasheva

Yulia Adasheva, beautiful model


Yulia Adasheva was born on April 25, 1991 in Moscow. As a child she was engaged in fencing, gymnastics, dancing, singing, acting and so on.
In 2005 Yulia was a presenter of the program Sms-Chat on o2tv channel, but in a year she left the channel.
Her first video advertising was The Bucket List broadcasting on o2tv channel.
In 2008 Yulia graduated from the Moscow College of Architecture and Building Arts. During her studies, she became a model. Later, in 2009, Yulia entered the Russian State Trade and Economic University.
According to MAXIM magazine Yulia was in the list of 100 sexiest women of the country in 2008.
By the way, Yulia is very popular on the Internet and has a lot of fans.
Awesome girl took part in photo sessions for many publications, including MAXIM, Mountain Bike, FOTOMODEL, DOLORES, Maxi Tuning, MAGAZINE, Top Beauty, InStyle and many others.
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Alexander Litvinenko, professional dancer

Alexander Litvinenko, professional dancer

Alexander Litvinenko, professional dancer


Alexander Litvinenko was born on May 28, 1972 in Donetsk, USSR, where he lived until 1988. Then he moved to Moscow.
You know, he never thought that his life would be connected with Ballroom Dancing and Choreography as he always thought that he would be an ornithologist or a biologist.
One day, at the age of 13, his schoolmate invited him to dancing school.
In 1988-1993 Litvinenko became the winner of numerous Amateur Latin and Ballroom Dance Competitions and Championships. And in 1993 Alexander moved to professionals.
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Nina Ananiashvili, great dancer

Nina Ananiashvili, great dancer

Nina Ananiashvili, great dancer


Nina Ananiashvili is a Soviet Georgian ballerina, People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR (1989), People’s Artist of Russia (1995). Also Nina was awarded Order of Merit for the Fatherland (22 March 2001), Russian Independent National Award Triumph – 1991 (the dancer was honored for the first time), Ballet Magazine Award Soul of the Dance (2003).
By the way, she is an artistic director of the State Ballet of Georgia.
Pretty girl was born on March 28, 1963 in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union. Nina was a sickly child and her parents urged her to take up skating to strengthen her health. At the age of 10 the girl a junior skating champion of Georgia. Then she entered the Tbilisi Choreography School and continued her studies at the Moscow Choreography School. American critics called her “the undisputed superstar of classical ballet”.
After graduation in 1981, Nina joined the Bolshoi Ballet. 17-year-old ballerina danced in Hamburg and her performance was followed by a 30-minute ovation.
The main role in the opera-ballet Mlada by N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov was staged specially for Nina.
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