Alina Somova Principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet
Alina was born on October 22nd, 1985. She began ballet at the Dance Krushok school for children. Her physical gifts for dancing were immediately noticed. It was clear to her that she had to choose a career in ballet when she discovered how much she loved it. She was accepted to the Vaganova Academy and graduated in 2003 from the class of Lyudmila Safronova. After graduating, she joined the Mariinsky Ballet. During her first year in the company, she was given the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake which is a very rare honour for a first-year artist. She proved her talent and became a soloist in 2004. She quickly became more and more famous and recognised. She was promoted to the status of principal dancer in 2008. She is well known all around the world and often dances as a guest artist with international companies.
2002 - prize-winner at Vaganova-Prix competition, St. Petersburg 2009 - Golden Mask Award for best female role (Tsar-Maiden in the Little Humpbacked Horse)
Interviews (turn on English subtitles in video settings for first video)
Alina is such a gorgeous ballerina. Her flexibility never ceases to astound me - it is truly one of a kind. She has such beautiful feet, lines, arms and legs which make her amazing to watch. Her facial expressions never fail to charm the audience. Her Queen of the Dryads variation is ICONIC - I have never seen someone with such limitless extensions, and jumps to die for. She is so talented in the dramatic side of dance. I love how light and delicate she is. She is the type of ballerina that can just stand on stage without doing anything and still draw attention to herself. She is definitely an inspiration to me in so many ways.