In the Studio with Olga Smirnova

Olga Smirnova’s first three seasons at the Bolshoi Ballet were a whirlwind of debuts and creations, but it all came to a halt in 2014, when a foot injury took the Vaganova-trained prodigy out of action for nearly a year. During her break, Smirnova adopted a new approach to taking care of her body throughoutMore »

Show and Tell: Inside Olga Smirnova’s Dance Bag

Olga Smirnova's Dance Bag - Photo by Kyle Froman

Bolshoi Ballet leading soloist Olga Smirnova has performed the world over, and nowhere is it more apparent than inside her dance bag. First, there’s the huge bag itself, a souvenir from the annual Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg. And she picked up her red T-shirt when Jean-Christophe Maillot came from Monte Carlo to createMore »

The Standouts

Olga Smirnova Expectations can be a heavy burden to bear for a young dancer on the fast track to stardom. Few have justified the hype like the Bolshoi Ballet’s 21-year-old Olga Smirnova. The Vaganova-trained first soloist had an international coming out party to remember in London this summer. Her performances in La Bayadère and SwanMore »