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Анастасия Юрьевна Волочкова (род. 20 января 1976, Ленинград) — бывшая балерина Мариинского и Большого театра, актриса. Лауреат многих премий. Заслуженная артистка России, народная артистка Карачаево-Черкесии. Член партии «Единая Россия» с 2003 года.
Anastasia Volochkova (Russian: Анастасия Волочкова; born January 20, 1976) is a Russian prima ballerina.
Volochkova was born into a middle class family in Saint Petersburg. Her father was a table tennis champion and coach, and her mother was a tour guide. Volochkova has been married once, and she has a daughter, Ariadna, born in 2005. They live in Saint Petersburg and Moscow.
Volochkova was five years old, when her mother took her to see The Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre. «When I left the hall, I told my mother I wanted to be a famous ballerina,» Volochkova has said, «On the face of it, I didn’t have the right build — I didn’t have long legs, and I wasn’t flexible, quick or springy — nothing. All I maybe had was a beautiful body and a big wish. I didn’t just take classes — I also had private lessons at home with a teacher. I worked very hard.»
Volochkova was trained at the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy by Natalia Dudinskaya. Still a student, Volochkova became the youngest soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet, making her debut as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1993. She was a prima ballerina and student at the same time, the first in the history of the Mariinsky. The following year, she received her diploma with honours, and became a soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet. In 1996, Volochkova won the first prize and gold medal at the 2nd Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev.