Ashikhmina Natalia


Classical Ballet / Dancer

Born in Bratsk, Russia, Natalia graduated from the world-renowned Novosibirsk Ballet Academy studying under Tatiana Sulimova and Tatiana Kapustina. Vyacheslav Gordeyev invited Natalia to join the Russian National Ballet in Moscow where she had the rare opportunity to work with Andrey Kudeline and partner with Yuri Burlaka. Five years and hundreds of performances around the world later, Eldar Aliev offered her a principal position with Ballet Internationale in Indianapolis. Natalia came to the U.S. to work with legends, Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Simeonov. She joined the Louisville Ballet as a principal dancer in 2006 and has had the privilege to work with Bruce Simpson, Helen Starr, Alun Jones, Harald Uwe Kern and a multitude of wonderful choreographers and stagers. Her repertoire includes Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Giselle, Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Zabeida (Scheherazade), The Sylph (La Sylphide), Kitri (Don Quixote), Daisy (Andre Prokovsky’s The Great Gatsby), The Dying Swan, Helen Picket’s Etisian, Val Caniparoli’s Vivacé and over 100 performances as Odette/Odile (Swan Lake). Natalia won the Audience Award at the 1998 International Ballet Competition Arabesque, a gold medal at the 1999 Competition of Professional Ballet Academies in Russia, performed at the 2004 Gala des Etoiles in Montreal. She and her family now call Louisville home.

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