Category: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Hi Melmoth, What is the name of the dancer playing the role of Esmeralda in the video you uploaded? What year was the video recorded?

That’s Elvira Khabibulina. She graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1991 (same year as Ulyana Lopatkina) and spent her entire career dancing with the Mikhailovsky Theatre. She’s currently a coach with the company.

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Yelena Yevseyeva and Marat Shemiunov in
Spring Waters (Mariinsky Ballet/Mikhailovsky Ballet, 2013)

Katja Khaniukova and Julian MacKay in
The Flames of Paris

(English National Ballet/Mikhailovsky Ballet, 2019)


Vaganova Ballet Academy has lost another great teacher. Professor Nikolai Nikolayevich Boyarchikov passed away on March 22, 2020.

Boyarchikov was born in 1935, into the family of one of the first Soviet pilots, Nikolai Boyarchikov, and Vaganova Ballet Academy* teacher, Maria Boyarchikova. During WWII, the Boyarchikov family was evacuated to Perm, where Nikolai started his ballet training. Sadly, Boyarchikov‘s father died during the St Petersburg (Leningrad) blockade.

Upon his return to St Petersburg, Boyarchikov joined Vaganova Ballet Academy*, graduating in 1954 (class of Boris Shavrov). He danced with the Mikhailovsky Theatre** until his retirement in 1971.

In 1956, Boyarchikov had started working as a choreographer. Some of his works, most notably “The Three Musketeers”, were staged in the Mikhailovsky Theatre**. He was Perm Ballet’s chief choreographer from 1971 to 1977. From 1977 to 1990 he worked as the chief choreographer of Mikhailovsky Theatre**, later serving as the theatre’s Artistic Director from 1990 to 2007. 

In 2001, Boyarchikov returned to his Alma Mater. He and served as the head of the Balletmaster Training Faculty at the Academy from 2001 until his death. 

*Then Leningrad Choreographic School
**Then Maly Leningrad Theatre of Opera and Ballet


Vaganova Ballet Academy has lost another great teacher. Professor Nikolai Nikolayevich Boyarchikov passed away on March 22, 2020.

La Esmeralda (full ballet)

Romeo and Juliet (fragments)

Faust (full ballet)

Ivan Vasiliev as Spartacus in Spartacus (Mikhailovsky Ballet/Bolshoi Ballet, 2015)

Veronika Ignatyeva as Cupid in The Flames of Paris (Mikhailovsky Ballet, 2014)

Ivan Vasiliev [1 5], Oksana Bondareva [3 5], Irina Perren [4], Leonid
Sarafanov [4], and Angelina Vorontsova [5] in
The Flames of Paris
(Mikhailovsky Ballet, 2014)


Congratulations are in order.

Our congratulations to Angelina Vorontsova, who has added another award to her collection. She became a laureate of the Youth Prize conferred by the Government of St. Petersburg in the field of arts. “Angelina has unique natural abilities. A good professional school and physical training allow her to perform leading roles in the ballets of classical and modern repertoire and cope easily with any technical difficulties,” Zhanna Ayupova, the young ballerina’s coach, commented.“ – Mikhailovsky Theatre

Anastasia Stashkevich and Ivan Vasiliev in Amadeus (Bolshoi Ballet/Mikhailovsky Ballet, 2018)