One of the
Greatest Ballerinas of all time. Prima-balerina
of American Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and etc.
Ananiashvili was born on March 28,
1963 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her father, Gedevan, and
two older brothers, George and Levan, are geologists.
Her mother, Lia
Gogolashvili, is a
philologist. Because Nino was often sick as a child,
her parents decided to enroll her in figure skating
lessons in order to improve her health. By the time
she was six years old, Nino was a ranked skater, and
at ten became Georgia State champion in the junior
In 1969 Ananiashvili entered the
Georgia State Choreographic Institute. Tamara
Vykhodtseva was her first teacher there. The great
Vakhtang Chabukiani also took little Nina under his
wings. Her progress was so impressive that it drew
the attention of teachers from the Moscow
Choreographic Institute, who convinced her parents to
allow Nina to continue her studies there. In 1976
Nino was accepted at the Moscow State Choreographic
In 1980 she won the Gold Medal (junior group) at
the 10th International Ballet Competition in Varna,
Bulgaria. In 1981, dancing with Andris Liepa,
Ananiashvili won the Grand Prix (junior group) at the
IV International Ballet Competition in Moscow. (Liepa
received a gold medal.)
Nino Ananiashvili graduated from the Moscow
Choreographic Institute in 1981 and was accepted into
the Bolshoi corps de ballet.
In 1982, during her first season with the Bolshoi,
Ananiashvili danced principal roles in The Wooden
Prince and Les Sylphides.
During the 1983-87 seasons
Ananiashvili added Giselle, The Nutcracker, Don
Quixote, Raymonda, Le Spectre de la Rose and Romeo
and Juliet to her repertoire.
In 1985 she won the Gold Medal (senior group) at
the Vth International Ballet Competition in Moscow
and was made a principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet
the same year.
In 1986, Nino Ananiashvili and Andris Liepa were
awarded the Grand Prix at the IIIrd USA International
Ballet Competition at Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
In 1988, Ananiashvili and Liepa became the first
Soviet dancers to be invited to guest with the New
York City Ballet. There, Nina danced the lead in Raymonda
Variations, Apollo (her partner in both ballets
was A. Liepa) and Symphony in C (second
movement, with Otto Neubert).
Nino Ananiashvili didnt forget her native
city either. She first danced in Tbilisi in 1983
while only a soloist with the Bolshoi, appearing in Swan
Lake and in Chabukianis version of Don
Quixote partnered by Yuri Vasyuchenko. Later she
danced Giselle, La Sylphide, and other
ballets with the Tbilisi company.
While performing with the Royal Ballet at Covent
Garden, Ananiashvili worked closely with Kenneth
MacMillan, dancing in his Prince of the Pagodas
and Romeo and Juliet. In London she also
performed Symphony in C, The Nutcracker,
Ashtons La Fille Mal Gardee and Cinderella,
Fokines Firebird, among others.
Ananiashvili has appeared as a guest artist with
the Rome Opera Ballet, La Scala Ballet, Royal Swedish
Ballet, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Birmingham Royal
Ballet, Boston Ballet, Munich Ballet, Tokyo Ballet,
with the National Theaters of Norway, Finland,
Portugal, with Belgrade Ballet, Sofia Ballet,
Hungarian National Ballet and with Goteborg Ballet.
In 1993, Nino Ananiashvili became a principal
dancer with American Ballet Theater.
In 1999, Ananiashvili became a principal of
Houston Ballet where she danced in Manon and
in Ben Stevensons Three Preludes and The
On Ninos initiative, the Bolshoi acquired an
evening of Balanchine ballets in 1999. At the
premiere of the Balanchine programme at the Bolshoi,
she danced both Mozartiana and the second
movement of Symphony in C.
In 2000, Ananiashvili and Fadeyechev established
their own company, the Moscow Dance Theater.