The Prodigy. Olga Smirnova. Bolshoi Theatre
Born and raised in St. Petersburg. Studied at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet under the eminent tutor Lyudmila Kovaleva. Immediately upon graduating from the Academy in 2011, joined the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow directly in the soloist rank, and became prima ballerina at the Bolshoi in 2016. Her master tutor at the Bolshoi has been the legendary Marina Kondratieva. Toured internationally in the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Japan, China, Singapore, Bahrain and Norway. Appeared as guest artist with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (2015, 2016 and 2017), the American Ballet Theatre (2014), the Mariinsky Theatre (2014 and 2017) and the Wiener Staatsballett (2017).
Received numerous important professional accolades, including the Grand Prix of the Dance Open Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg in 2016 (together with Semyon Chudin), the Dancer of the Year Award from Positano Premia la Danza – Leonide Massine in Italy in 2014, the Best Female Dancer Prize from the Benois de la Danse International Dance Association in 2013, the Miss Expressivity Prize of the Dance Open Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg in 2013, the 2012 Soul of Dance Rising Star Prize from Ballet Magazine, and the 2009 Grand Prix Award of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Winner of the televised Bolshoi Ballet dance competition on the Kultura TV channel in the Best Female Dancer category in 2012