Olga Melnikova

Born in St Petersburg.
Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 1989 and joined the Leningrad Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet (renamed the Mariinsky Theatre in 1992) the same year.
Since 2000 she is a soloist with the Semperoper Ballet (Dresden), Principal dancer since 2007.

Repertoire includes:
Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha, Bathilde); рroductions by Vladimir Derevianko, David Dawson,
The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Fairy of Beauty, Sapphire Fairy) and La Bayadère (Nikiya, Trio); choreography by Aaron S. Watkin after Marius Petipa,
Swan Lake (Russian Princess); choreography by Aaron S. Watkin after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov,
Don Quixote (Mercedes); production by Vladimir Derevianko,
The Firebird (Firebird); choreography by Andris Liepa after Michel Fokine,
Chopiniana (11th Waltz, Prelude, 7th Waltz); рroductions by Michel Fokine; Vladimir Derevianko after Michel Fokine),
George Balanchine's ballets Jewels (Diamonds), Theme and Variations, Tarantella, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux;
The Taming Of The Shrew (Bianca); choreography by John Cranko,
John Neumeier’s ballets As You Like It (Celia), The Nutcracker (Louise), Daphnis and Chloë (Lykainion), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta, Titania), Illusions like 'Swan Lake' (Princess Claire, Odette),
Elective Affinities, Wahlverwandtschaften (Charlotte); choreography by Tom Schilling,
William Forsythe’s ballets In The Middle Somewhat Elevated, The Second Detail,
Jiry Kylián’s ballets Symphonietta, Petite Mort,
Uwe Scholz’s ballets Symphony N° 2, Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Piano Concerto N° 3,
Voluntaries; choreography by Glen Tetley,
David Dawson’s ballets Reverence, The Grey Area, A Million Kisses To My Skin, The World According To Us.

She worked with many choreographers, among them John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Uwe Scholz, Aaron S. Watkin, David Dawson, Yuri Grigorovich, Oleg Vinogradov, Andris Liepa, Vladimir Derevianko, Vladimir Vasiliev, Vasiliy Medvedev.
In 2008 she graduated with a Bachelor in Art of Ballet from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.
Since 2010 also she has been a ballet mistress with the Semperoper and a Guest Teacher with the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden.
Since 2011 Professor of classical dance at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden.

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