Olga Smirnova

Olga Smirnova


  • Dancer of the Year 2022 by Dance Europe Magazine
  • the Grand Prix of the Dance Open Ballet Festival (St. Petersburg, 2016)
  • Dancer of the Year Award from Positano Premia la Danza – Leonide Massine (Italy, 2014)
  • Best Female Dancer Prize from the Benois de la Danse International Dance Association (2013)
  • Miss Expressivity Prize of the Dance Open Ballet Festival (St. Petersburg, 2013)
  • Soul of Dance Rising Star Prize from Ballet Magazine (2012)
  • Grand Prix Award of the Mikhailovsky Theatre (St. Petersburg, 2009).
  • Winner of the inaugural televised Bolshoi Ballet dance competition on the Kultura TV channel in the Best Female Dancer  category (2012).

Olga Smirnova
November 6, 1991
Principal Het Nationale Ballet/Dutch National Ballet
Ambassador DRYWORLD

  • Born and raised in St. Petersburg. 
  • Studied at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet under the eminent tutor Lyudmila Kovaleva. She participated in the academy’s tours across Europe and Japan, performing in the 2004 presentation arranged jointly with the Royal Ballet School.
  • Immediately upon graduating from the Academy in 2011, joined the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow directly in the soloist rank, and became prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2016. Worked under the tutelage of the legendary Marina Kondratieva until 2018 and then with Maria Allash as her master-tutor.
  • In 2022 has joined the Dutch National Ballet (Het Nationale Ballet) as a principal, working with Larissa Lezhnina as her master-tutor.
  • Performed on stages around the world in the USA, UK, Japan, Republic of Korea, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Singapore, Bahrain and Norway.

Appeared as guest artist with:

  • Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (2015, 2016 and 2017)
  • the American Ballet Theatre (2014)
  • the Mariinsky Theatre (2014 and 2017)
  • the Wiener Staatsballett (2017 and 2018)
  • the Hamburg Ballett John Neumeier (2018)
  • Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy (2023).

Bolshoi Theatre

  • Nikiya La Bayadère (Minkus / Petipa, Grigorovich)
  • Odette-Odile Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky / Petipa, Ivanov, Grigorovich)
  • Kitri Don Quixote (Minkus / Petipa, Gorsky, Fadeyechev)
  • Raymonda Raymonda (Glazunov / Grigorovich)
  • Giselle Giselle (Adam / Coralli, Perrot, Petipa, Grigorovich)
  • Giselle Giselle (Adam / Coralli, Perrot, Petipa, Ratmansky)
  • Princess Aurora The Sleeping  Beauty (Tchaikovsky / Petipa, Grigorovich)
  • Tatiana Onegin (Tchaikovsky, Stolze / Cranko)
  • Marguerite Gautier Lady of the Camellias (Chopin / Neumeier)
  • Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, Stevens / Neumeier)
  • Carmen Carmen Suite (Bizet, Schedrin / Alonso)
  • Aspicia La Fille du Pharaon (Pugni / Lacotte)
  • Aegina Spartacus (Khachaturyan / Grigorovich)
  • Bianca The Taming of the Shrew (Shostakovich / Maillot)
  • Medora Le Corsaire (Adam / Petipa, Ratmansky, Burlaka)
  • Bela A Hero of Our Time (Demutsky / Possokhov)
  • Hermione The Winter’s Tale (Talbot / Wheeldon)
  • Marchesa Sampietri Marco Spada (Auber / Lacotte)
  • Terpsichore Apollo (Stravinsky / Balanchine)
  • Female Lead Diamonds from Jewels (Tchaikovsky / Balanchine)
  • Female Soloist Emeralds from Jewels (Faure / Balanchine)
  • Part 2 Soloist Symphony in C (Bizet / Balanchine)
  • Anastasia Ivan the Terrible (Prokofiev / Grigorovich)
  • Orlando Orlando (Elgar, Glass, Kats-Chernin, Auerbach / Spuck)
  • Margarita Master & Margarita (Schnittke, Lazar / Clug)
  • 1st Pas de Deux Artifact Suite (Bach, Crossman-Hecht / Forsythe)
  • Couple in White Forgotten Land (Britten / Kylián)
  • Female Lead Etudes (Czerny / Lander)
  • Queen of the Dryads Don Quixote (Minkus / Petipa, Gorsky, Fadeyechev)
  • Lilac Fairy The Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky / Petipa, Grigorovich)
  • Dream of Dream (Rachmaninoff / Elo)

American Ballet Theatre

  • Nikiya La Bayadère (Minkus / Petipa, Makarova)

Mariinsky Theatre

  • Nikiya La Bayadère (Minkus / Petipa, Ponomarev, Chabukiani)
  • Odette-Odile Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky / Petipa, Ivanov, Sergeyev)
  • Giselle Giselle (Adam / Coralli, Perrot, Petipa)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

  • La Belle La Belle (Tchaikovsky / Maillot)
  • La Belle Casse-Noisette Compagnie (Tchaikovsky / Maillot)

Wiener Staatsballett

  • Odette-Odile Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky / Petipa, Ivanov, Nureyev)
  • Giselle Giselle (Adam / Coralli, Perrot, Petipa, Tschernischova)

Hamburg Ballett John Neumeier

  • Marguerite Gautier Lady of the Camellias (Chopin / Neumeier)
  • Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, Stevens / Neumeier)


  • The Dying Swan (Saint-Saens / Fokine)
  • Grand Pas Classique (Auber / Gsovsky)
  • Méditation from Thaïs (Massenet / Petit)
  • Melody (Dvořák / A. Messerer)
  • McGregor + Mugler (Herndon, Frahm / McGregor, Mugler)
  • Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher (Tchaikovsky, Ratmansky)
  • Postscript (Glass / Leon, Lightfoot)
  • The Last Tango (Piazzolla / Gordeyev)
  • Wiegenlied (R. Strauss / McKie)
  • Tsarina Russian Winter (Tchaikovsky / Oivental)
  • Solace (Gjeilo / Smith)
  • Just (Lang / Valastro)
  • Odette-Odile, Swan Lake (Petipa, Ivanov, Nureyev)