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Diana Vishneva, prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre, and principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre (2005-2017), was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). She graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 1995.
In 1994 Vishneva won the International Young Ballet Dancers’ Competition in Lausanne where she took both the Gold Medal and the Grand Prix. Diana Vishneva has performed lead roles in the international ballet repertoire including works by Marius Petipa, Michael Fokine, George Balanchine, John Neumeier, Kenneth MacMillan, Yury Grigorovich, Maurice Béjart, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Mats Ek, Hans van Manen, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Carolyn Carlson, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Martha Graham, and many others at the world’s great theatres. She has had several solo programmes choreographed for her. Diana Vishneva is the founder and driving force behind the international contemporary dance festival Context.
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