(b St Petersburg, 13 Jul. 1976)
Russian dancer. She trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy with Ludmila Kovaleva and graduated in 1995. She joined the Kirov Ballet that same year and was promoted to principal in 1996. She danced the classical ballerina roles but the distinctive boldness of her attack was best showcased in the modern repertory, as she became one of the first generation of Kirov dancers to perform Balanchine, MacMillan, and Forsythe. In 2002 she created the title role in Ratmansky's Cinderella. Restless to expand her repertory she went on to guest with many companies, including La Scala, Berlin Staatsoper, Paris Opera, and American Ballet Theatre, becoming guest principal with ABT in 2003. In 2008 she also formed a temporary ensemble, Beauty in Motion, for which she commissioned three works, Ratmansky's Pierrot Lunaire, Dwight Rhoden's Three Point Turn, and Moses Pendleton's F.L.O.W.