Maria Khoreva First soloist with the Mariinsky Ballet
Masha was born on 3 July 2000 in St. Petersburg. She did rhythmic gymnastics for about seven years before entering the Vaganova Ballet Academy at age nine. Masha's teacher at the Academy was Lyudmila Kovaleva. She is an incredibly famous and talented professor who has nurtured great ballerinas like Diana Vishneva. Masha loved working with her, and often called her a "genius" in her interviews. The perfect pair! Thanks to her talent and her dedication, Masha became the star of the Vaganova Ballet Academy. She was chosen to perform roles such as Masha in the Nutcracker and the lead role in Fairy Doll, as well as performing in ballets like Suite en Blanc, Gioconda, and The Awakening of Flora. During her last year at the Academy, she rehearsed the role of Terpsichore in Apollo with Xander Parish and her classmates, Daria Ionova and Anastasia Nuykina, and performed the ballet that summer as well as in New York during her first season with the Theatre. After her outstanding performances in both her graduation performance and her final exam in 2018, Masha was invited to join the Mariinsky Ballet. Her talent was noted immediately Thanks to her amazing abilities, she was given roles of soloists - the lead in Paquita, for example, in which she danced AMAZINGLY - which is very rare for such a young dancer and recent graduate. She was promoted to first soloist after only a few months in the Mariinsky Theatre company. This is EXTREMELY rare; it proves that Masha's talent is an incredibly special one.
The roles in Masha's repertoire include Nikiya in La Bayadere (which I saw live last summer!!!), Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Paquita in Paquita, Medora in Le Corsaire, Raymonda in Raymonda... she also performed in lots of contemporary projects like Closure by Juliano Nunes. Masha is definitely the future and rising star of ballet. The whole world cannot wait to see what lies ahead of her and what her destiny and talent will bring!
First of all, I encourage you to visit Masha's YouTube channel which has videos of all of her performances. I have seen all of the videos and each one is beautiful and inspiring. Click here to go to her channel:
One of my favourite things of Masha to watch are her exams. She is by far the most incredible girl in her class and watching her perform exercises with perfect technique and beautiful artistry is not only beautiful but also inspiring. I encourage you to watch each one of her exam videos as there are a few parts to it. Here are all of Masha's exam videos from her 7th year exam - watch them in order! - LEFT TO RIGHT - (Masha is to the right of the painting of Agrippina Vaganova during the barre exercises, and in the first group, front row and in the centre during the centre exercises and pointe work. She also has a few solos during the exam.)
Here are a few performance videos!!! The first two - Diamonds and Closure, both with Xander Parish - are my absolute favourite performances. They are a bit longer than the others, but very beautiful and fit Masha's style perfectly.
PLEASE watch Masha's YouTube videos and look at her full Paquita playlist!!! I have included the most videos for her out of all the Dancing Queens featured on our website because I just love each and every recording there is! Go follow her Instagram and look at her photos and videos!
I would really need a few pages to explain this... right now she is one of my favourite ballerinas, and I find her even more special than many ballet legends. Let's start with her physical abilities. Her technique is just perfect. From soaring leaps to endless turns and fouettes, she is flawless. Her legs lift effortlessly and every movement she makes is physically perfect. This is also thanks to her amazing gifts: the beauty of her feet both in pointe shoes and without is evident, it doesn't even need a description. Her turnout is simply impeccable. Her body type is made for ballet, and her legs, arms, neck, head... every part of her is prima material. I also love her hyperextension and her ultra special back flexibility, which can be seen in her incredible arabesque (see the exams!!!) However, as unique and just perfect as it is, Masha's technique is not the only thing that makes her stand out. Her artistry and her delicate way of expressing herself is unlike any other. One of the problems with young dancers and graduates is that, though their technique might be fantastic, they have not yet developed their own style. Masha, however, has a stronger and more beautiful style than most famous ballerinas. Every movement of her arms, head, every facial expression and smile conveys a new emotion. In every one of her videos, you can see this. She is indescribably beautiful. When I look at her photos, I could spend days admiring every angle and every part of her poses.
Masha is the future of ballet, and her talent happens once in a century at most. I love her so much, and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead of her - evidently, a career to die for.
Furthermore, she is such a sweet, caring and intelligent girl. She is so humble and respectful, and grateful for all of the opportunities that she has been given.
Masha's best photos
Masha has an infinite amount of gorgeous photos from her account, her personal photoshoots and her amazing performances. Since she has so many photos which can be found from so many sources and in so many places online, I decided to include here just one of Masha's photoshoots which is my personal favourite. This is a shoot of her and her teacher, Lyudmila Valentinovna Kovaleva. I find it so sweet and special as it shows her respect and love for the teacher who made her who she is now. Lyudmila Valentinovna is a mentor to Masha and so their relationship is a very special one. Please click the link below!