Polina Semionova, Swan Lake, July 2, 2011
Polina Semionova was born in Moscow and studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School. She graduated in 2002 and was invited to join the Berlin State Opera Ballet as a Principal Dancer at the age of 17. In her first season, she danced leading roles in The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, and Onegin. She has appeared as a guest artist with the English National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Maryinsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and the Stuttgart Ballet. She stars as Odette-Odile in the Zurich Ballet production of Swan Lake, which was recently filmed and released on DVD.
Semionova's awards include a gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2001, First Prize at the Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg and the Junior Prize at the Nagoya International Ballet Competition in 2002, Daphne Prize (2004), German Critics Choice Award (2005), Dancer of the Year (2007) and Prize of Heinz Spoerli.
She made her debut with ABT in 2011 and joined as a Principal Dancer in 2012.
Here is a beautiful and inspiring YouTube video of her performing to instrument music.
Semionova, along with tennis star Novak Djokovic appear in UNIQLO AIRism underwear advertisements; I have seen ads recently in New York City subway trains. Here is a AIRism ad featuring Polina.