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Dancer's Bios

Maria Alexandrova

Moscow native Maria Alexandrova was studying at the Moscow Choreographic Academy under Sophia Golovkina in 1997 when she won a Gold medal at Moscow’s International Ballet Competition. Shortly thereafter she joined the Bolshoi Ballet. During her first season she was entrusted with solo parts, promoted to soloist the next.
In 2004, she became a principal dancer and now she rehearses under Nina Semizorova.
Her repertoire includes a wealth of traditional roles for principal dancer as well as new works by choreographers such as Ratmansky and Possokhov, and by contemporary composers such as Arvo Paart.

Her tours have taken her to stages around the world from Athens, Paris, Madrid, and Tokyo to Apollo (USA).


Sergei Sydorski

Sergei Sydorski studied at the Kiev National University of Theater in the department of choreography with a specialty in theatrical art. He has training as a ballet master and teacher-choreographer. From 1999 to 2016 he was principal dancer at the National Opera of Ukraine, after which he came to Dance Alive National Ballet in Gainesville, Florida where he is presently Principal Dancer.

His repertoire includes lead roles in “Romeo and Juliet”, “Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping beauty”, “Le Corsaire”, “Don Quixote”, “Cinderella”, “Les Sylphides”, “Marriage of Figaro” and “Paquita” among others.

He is the participant in international ballet festivals worldwide and winner of many awards for his “purity and academism of execution”.


Olga Golitsa

Born in Kiev, Olga Golitsa attended the Karpenko-Kariy Kiev Academy,  in the Faculty of  classic choreography.

From 2006 when she graduated up to the present she has been principal dancer w National Opera of Ukraine in a large repertoire of productions comprising, among others,“The Nutcracker”, “Snow White”,  “Chopiniana” “Marriage of Figaro” “Swan Lake” “Romeo and Juliet” “Sleeping Beauty” “Raymonda”     
“La Bayadere” “Don Quixote” “Giselle” “Spartacus” “Legend of Love”
“Coppelia”  and “Bolero”.

She has been a prize winner  at  various dance competitions in Ukraine, as well as the Prize of Excellence at the Teatro Greco Festival, Italy.

In 2017 Ms. Golitsa was designated as Honored Artist of Ukraine.


Midori Terada

Midori Terada graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy under the instruction of Irina Prokofieva.

In 2012 she received a Silver Medal, Prize Galina Ulanova, as well as the Prize Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev (with Okawa Koya) in the International Ballet Competition "Arabesque" in Perm. In 2016 she appeared on Russian National Television’s "Big Ballet 2016". That same year she received a Gold Medal in the International Ballet Competition "Grand Prix Siberia" in Krasnoyarsk. In 2017 she received a Bronze Medal in the Moscow International Ballet Competition.

Ms. Terada’s repertoire includes leading roles in "Nutcracker”, “Don Quixote", “Sleeping Beauty”, "La Fille Mal Gardée", "Spartacus", "Le Corsaire", "Giselle”, “Diana and Acteon” and "Esmeralda".


Koya Okawa

Koya Okawa graduated from Bolshoi Ballet Academy under the instruction of Yuri Vasyuchenko and Andrey Smirnov.

In 2016 he appeared on the Russian National Television broadcast "Big Ballet 2016".

That same year he received a Gold Medal in the International ballet competition "Grand Prix Siberia" in Krasnoyarsk.

In 2017 he received a Gold Medal in the Moscow International Ballet Competition.


In his repertoire are lead roles in “Nutcracker”, Don Quixote”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Le Corsaire”, “La Bayadère”, “Giselle”, “Diana and Acteon”, and “Esmeralda”.

Denys Nedak

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Denys Nedak graduated from the Serge Lifar Municipal Dance Academy in Kiev.  He then joined the National Opera House, becoming  a professional soloist in 2008.

Known for his  splendid mastery of classical dance, elegance and masculinity tempered by an introspective nature,  Denis became a frequent partner of such leading ballerinas  as Elena  Filipeva, Tatiana Golyakova, Natalia Matsak, Veronika Part, and Paloma Herrera.

In 2011 he was recognized as an Honored Artist of Ukraine. He performs often in International festivals, and is a regular guest at  the Nureyev Festival in Kazan.

In May 2014 he made his debut with American Ballet Theatre as Solor in Natalia Makarova’s version of “La Bayadère”.
In 2015, he was again guest dancer in the ABT as well as the Vienna State Opera. In 2016-2017,  he was a guest dancer with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

He is now a leading performer worldwide with an extensive variety of productions and leading roles to his name, including “Don Quixote”,  “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”,  “Giselle”, “ Carmen Suite”, “Raymonda”, “Le Corsaire”, “Spartacus”, and “Romeo and Juliet”.


Adiarys Almeida

Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Adiarys Almeida has been principal with the Cincinnati and Corella Ballet, as well as first soloist with Boston Ballet. Her professional training was at The Vocational Arts School “Alfonso Perez Isaac” in Matanzas, and The National Ballet School in Havana. After graduating she joined the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso where she danced from 2001-2003.

In 2006 she became the first female dancer from Cuba to be a finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition.

Among Almeida’s major principal roles are title characters in “Giselle”, “Romeo & Juliet” “Cinderella”, and “Carmen”. In addition she has to her credit the roles of Nikiya and Gamzatti in “La Bayadere”, Kitri in “Don Quixote”, Medora in “Le Corsaire”, Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty”, Odette-Odile in “Swan Lake”, Clara/ Marie, Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in “Nutcracker”, Lisa in “La Fille Mal Gardée”, Swanilda in “Coppelia”, Amour and Maid of Honor in “Don Quixote”, and Lady Guinevere in “Camelot.”

Her repertoire also includes pas de deux and ensemble work in Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky pas de deux”, “Serenade” and “Symphony in C” as well as many other modern and contemporary creations..As an international principal guest artist Ms. Almeida has performed with several renowned companies on some of the most important stages around the world.

He is now a leading performer worldwide with an extensive variety of productions and leading roles to his name, including “Don Quixote”,  “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”,  “Giselle”, “ Carmen Suite”, “Raymonda”, “Le Corsaire”, “Spartacus”, and “Romeo and Juliet”.

Young Gye Chio

The South Korean Young Gyu Choi has been with the Dutch National Ballet for 8 years .

While training at the Sunhwa Arts School in Seoul and the Tanz Akademie Zürich, Young participated in the International Ballet Competition in Varna, in 2006 winning second prize. In 2007 he won first prize in the Youth America Grand Prix in New York. In 2010 he placed first in the Boston International Competition.

After an early dance career including performances with the Korean National Ballet and the Universal Ballet, Young joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2011, beginning in the corps de ballet and quickly working his way up to the rank of principal. In 2015 he attained the rank of first soloist.


Evelina Godunova

Graduated Riga’s Choreography Academy at 2010.

Study in Royal Covent Garden and Moscow Ballet Academy.

Dance Europe magazine nominations best dancer of the year 2017.

Gold medal and Special prize winner XIII Moscow International Ballet Competition 2017

Silver medal Winner KIBC12 (South Korea), Grand Prix IBCS 2009 (Italy).

Guest Prima ballerina at Universal Ballet.

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