Alexandra Elagina performs the lead role of Masha in Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker", and Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake" on the western leg of the 2012 20th Anniversary Tour. She made her North American debut in 2010 with Moscow Ballet. Elagina hails from Kazan, known as the "third capital of Russia," and graduated from the Kazan Ballet Academy in 2006. Immediately following, she was accepted as a soloist to Tatar's Jalil State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet, which is considered home to one of the best troupes performing in Russia today. Elagina made her performing debut as the Fairy of Tenderness in "Sleeping Beauty". Her other roles and repertory include Fairy, Blue Bird, and Cat in Sleeping Beauty; Snow White in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"; Masha, Doll, and pas de trois in the "Nutcracker"; trio from La Corsaire; pas de trois and Little Swan in "Swan Lake"; Nikia, pas de trois, and pas d'action in "La Bayadere"; Phrygia in "Spartacus"; Solveig in "Peer Gynt"; Suimbike in "Shurale"; and others. In addition to the U.S., Elagina has toured Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland.
“On her debut tour to the US and Canada, Elagina received rave reviews from press across the continent. At West Point Military Academy's Eisenhower Hall , where the 70 city toured opened, Elagina was reviewed by Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times, “Masha (Alexandra Elagina) finds world enough and time to raise one leg slowly behind her until it's the height of her shoulder. This slow ascent of one leg, while the music swells, seems brimful with feeling” and from the Plain Dealer's Donald Rosenberg,” “Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov…partnered beautifully and executed their solos with aristocratic finesse” and “Clara (in this case, Masha), who was danced by the lovely Alexandra Elagina, exuded the essence of delicacy, especially in her Sugar Plum variation.” Eliza Ingle, Charleston Today.
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