(b Alma-Ata, 1 Jan. 1961)
Russian dancer. She studied at the Leningrad (Vaganova) Ballet School under Inna Zubkovskaya and made her debut in the Kirov Ballet in 1978. She was appointed principal in 1982 and toured widely with the company, guesting with American Ballet Theatre in 1988, the Royal Ballet (various seasons from 1989), and Petit's Marseilles Ballet (1996–9). She became acknowledged as one of her generation's greatest ballerinas possessing a profound musicality and dramatic intelligence, and a range that extended from delicately drawn romanticism to witty charm. Though she excelled in the 19th-century ballerina roles she also showed her range in 20th-century ballets by MacMillan, Ashton, Balanchine, Petit, and Béjart. In 1999 she was appointed director of the Vaganova School, St Petersburg. In 1983 she was made Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation. She is married to the dancer Konstantin Zaklinsky.