We are proud that students will receive instruction from recent Bolshoi Ballet principals Anastasia Yatsenko and Yan Godovsky, who have created our curriculum. Joining Yatsenko and Godovsky will be several other teaching artists.



Born in Moscow, Anastasia Yatsenko graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (class of Sofia Golovkina) and joined the Bolshoi Ballet in 1991, where for most of her career, she was coached by legendary Bolshoi dancers Raisa Struchkova and Svetlana Adyrkhaeva.  Ms. Yatsenko’s repertoire with the Company included the title role in Vladimir Vasiliev’s Anyuta; Marie in The Nutcracker; Kitri and Mercedes in Don Quixote; Myrtha in Giselle; Cinderella in Yuri Possokhov’s Cinderella; Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty; Ramze, the Fisherman’s wife, and Guadalquivir in Pierre Lacotte’s La Fille due Pharaon; Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream (choreography by John Neumeier); Lise in Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardée; Gulnare in Le Corsaire (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka); Zina in Ratmansky’s Bright Stream and Adeline in his The Flames of Paris, as well as soloist and principal roles in Balanchine’s Tarantella, Agon, Serenade, and Symphony in C.  

Ms. Yatsenko originated principal roles in Boris Eifman’s Russian Hamlet (Paul’s Wife); Radu Poklitaru’s Ward No. 6 (Nurse/Kitchen Maid); Christopher Wheeldon’s Misericordes (soloist), Ratmansky’s Capriccio (soloist), The Bolt (Nastya) and Jeu de Cartes (soloist).  

Ms. Yatsenko’s awards include the Gold Medal at the Arabesque Competition in Perm and the Silver Medal at the “Maya” International Ballet Competition (both in 1996).  She is an Honored Artist of Russia (2002).  Currently, she is a Bolshoi Ballet Mistress responsible for the Balanchine, McGregor, Kylian, Forsythe and other contemporary choreographers’ works in the Bolshoi repertory.

Elena Adrienko
Ballet Master

Elena Andrienko joined the Bolshoi Theatre Company in 1991. She trained under Marina Semyonova, and, atpresent, her teacher is Lyudmila Semenyaka. Andrienko won 2nd prize at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1993 and 2nd prize at Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev in 1994. In 2003, she was awarded the title of Merited Artist of the Russian Federation.

Andrienko has danced leading parts in such legendary ballets as Giselle, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, and The Bright Streamand has worked with such renowned choreographers as Alexey Ratmansky, Yuri Grigorovich, Twyla Tharp, Johan Kobborg, and Yuri Possokhov.

Andrey Bolotin
Ballet Master

In 1996, having completed his studies at the Moscow Academy of Choreography (Pyotr Pestov’s class), Bolotin joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. In 2006, he graduated from the balletmasters’ faculty of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts.

Andrey is one of the most active soloists in the company. His wide repertory includes Marseillaise dance (Boris Asfiev’s The Flames of Paris; production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky after Vasily Vainonen), Soloist (Igor Stravinsky’s Jeu de cards; Alexei Ratmansky creation), The Nutcracker-Prince (The Nutcracker), Soloist (Passacaille to music by Anton von Webern; choreography by Rolan Petit), Tarantella (choreography by George Balanchine) and many others. At present, his teacher-répétiteur is Victor Barykin. 


Godovsky was a leading Bolshoi Ballet soloist and was coached by Boris Akimov. In 2006, he was awarded the Golden Mask National Theatre prize for his performance as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in 2008, he was awarded the Ballet magazine Soul of Dance prize.

In addition to performing a variety of parts in the Bolshoi Ballet repertoire, he danced as a guest at Ekaterina Maximova’s Gala at the Bolshoi. Since 2011, Godovsky has been a Bolshoi répétiteur, assisting such leading choreographers as J.C. Maillot, Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián and Angelin Preljocaj.  His repertoire in the Bolshoi Theater includes Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (production by Declan Donnelan and Radu Poklitaru); solo parts in Balanchine’s Tarantella and Symphony in C; Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; soloist in Ratmansky’s Jeu de cards; soloist in Christopher Wheeldon’s Misericordes; James in La Sylphide (choreography by August Bournonville in a version by Johan Kobborg); and soloist in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma.

Kristina Karaseva
Ballet Master

Kristina is a soloist with the Bolshoi Theater and is coached by Yulianna Malkhasyants. Her repertoire includes the Gypsy dance in Don Quixote; Widow in J.C. Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew; Larina in J. Cranko’s Onegin; Zulmea in Le Corsaire (production and new choreography by A. RatmanskyandY. Burlaka after M. Petipa); a leading part in the Symphony of Psalms (J. Kylian); and many other roles in the Bolshoi Theater repertory. She was one of the performers of the Flamenco dance (from Chabukiani’s Laurencia) at the gala closing of the Bolshoi’s 233rd season. In 2010, she was among the performers of the Basque dance (Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris) at the Dance Open International Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg.

Andrey Merkuriev
Ballet Master

After spending several years dancing with the Mariinsky Theater, Andrey joined the Bolshoi Theater in 2006 where he debuted as Yan in Bolt. Currently, he rehearses under Viktor Barykin. In the early 2000’s, he won several prizes in various competitions, including the Arabesque Open Competition of Ballet Dancers of Russia International Competition of Young Ballet Dancers in Kazan, Russia. In 2005, he won the Golden Mask National Theatre Prize for his performance in In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. He regularly participates in international gala concerts with Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, the Roberto Bolle and his Friends and Vladimir Malakhov and his Friends concert programs. He took part in the traditional Viennese New Year’s (2003) concert (Eggenburg Palace, choreography by Boris Eifman).