Ulyana Lopatkina

Ulyana Vyacheslavovna Lopatkina (Russian: Ульяна Вячеславовна Лопаткина, born October 23, 1973, Kerch, Crimea, Ukrainian SSR, USSR) is a Prima ballerina at the Kirov Ballet/Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. She studied at the Vaganova Academy with Natalia Dudinskaya. Upon graduation Lopatkina joined the Kirov/Mariinsky Theatre Ballet in 1991, and was promoted to principal dancer in 1995. Lopatkina is married to Vladimir Kornev , architect and writer, and has one daughter (Masha, born 2002). Although Russian, Ulyana (Uliana) Lopatkina was born and lived in Ukraine until she was 10 years old. Her parents worked on the Ukraine's Black Sea coast in the Kerch shipyards. Lopatkina says that her father was 'horrified" to think of her leaving home at such a young age, but her mother was aware of the long term advantage the sacrifice would create. Lopatkina has two brothers and sisters. Lopatkina excels in classic and dramatic roles. She is a perfect example of the Russian school (Kirov) with willowy limbs, steely strength and a classical purity of line, as well as instinctive musicality.


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