Listed below are the most notable alumni of the Vaganova Ballet Academy along with their contributions to the dance community.
George Balanchine: (1904-1983) Founder of School of American Ballet (SAB), New York City Ballet (NYCB), Choreographer of Serenade, Jewels, Firebird, The Nutcracker*, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote*, Harliquinade, Who Cares?
Mikhail Baryshnikov: (1948-Present) Company member: The Mariinsky Theatre, American Ballet Theatre (ABT)
Michel Fokine: (1880-1942) Choreographer for Diaghlev’s Ballet Russes, Company member of the Mariinsky Theatre, Choreographer of Le Spectre de la Rose, Les Sylphides, Firebird, Petrouchka (over 80 ballets)
Vaslav Nijinsky: (1889-1950) Company member for the Mariinsky Theatre, Co-Founder of Diaghlev’s Ballet Russes, Choreographer of Rite of Spring
Rudolf Nuryev: (1938-1993) Director of Paris Opera Ballet, Company member of Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, Guest artist at Royal Ballet
Alla Osipenko: (1932-Present) Company member of the Mariinsky Theatre, Honored Artist of Russia, People’s Artist of Russia
Anna Pavlova: (1881-1931) Company member of the Mariinsky Theatre and Diaghlev’s Ballet Russes, founder of her own ballet company
Marius Petipa: (1818-1910) Choreographer of The Nutcracker*, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle*, Don Quixote*, La Bayadere, & Coppélia*