The Moscow Ballet of Classical Choreography – “La Classique” was founded in 1990 by its current director Elik Melikov, utilising ballet dancers from the leading theatres of the CIS Countries and the Bolshoi, Kirov and Ballet Theatres of Kiev, Odessa, Tbilisi, Perm and etc. The following ballets were staged and are now in the repertoire of the theatre.

The prominent choreographers were working at the theatre. They are: N.Ryzhenko, V.Kovtun, N.Dolgushin, V.Litvinov, Serge Manguette (Italy). The following coachers trained the dancers of the company: N.Zolotova, A.Prokofyev, B.Rakhmanin, L.Semenyaka, A.Kulayeva, L.Guseva, V.Koshelev.

The following ballet-stars have been dancing with the company: N.Pavlova, L.Kunakova, A.Bogatyryov, L.Semenyaka, N.Yeryominko, A.Mikhalchenko, N.Semizorova, M.Peretokin, I.Pyatkina, R.Pronin and etc. Recently world-renowned soloists: Nadejda Ivanova, Andrey Shalin, Dmitry Smirnov, Ekaterina Shaliapina, Evgenia Bespalova, Mixail Mixailov, Ekaterina Karpova, Andrey Laypin and others lead the Moscow Ballet “La Classique”.

The various scenographers cooperated with the company. Among them are: Мarina Sokolova, Maria Zavitskaya, Luca Dall’alpi (Italy), Evgeny Gurenko, Marina Zotova and etc.

Currently Albina Dmitrieva, Evgenia Novikova, Ekaterina Karpova, Irina Lazareva are coaching the trouppe. Damir Ismagilov and Boris Volkov frequently designed lighting.
Nowadays the following high professionals comprise a stage team: stage manager – Sergey Bugakov, lighting designer – Sergey Yurkin, sound manager – Alexey Danilenko, wardrobe supervisor – Nina Yurkina, administrator – Valery Merkulov.

Always in demand, Moscow Ballet “La Classique” thrilled the ballet lovers during the passed period with the successful tours in Italy, Morocco, Spain, Egypt, Austria, Norway, Taiwan, China, France, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.



Elik Melikov

Elik Melikov is a fully-trained artist, member of the International Artists’ Union. He was one of the first people in new Russia to open theater workshops that produced costumes, shoes and scenery for many famous theaters, including Russia’s Bolshoi, Moscow City Ballet, Royal Ballet of Denmark and Boston Ballet Theater (USA).

In 1990 Elik Melikov established Moscow Ballet “La Classique”, which has been successfully touring the world and is well known to the Moscow audience thanks to its participation in the Summer Ballet Seasons.


Anastasia Chumakova

Upon graduating from the Perm Ballet School with distinction in 1998 she joined the Tchelyabinsk State Opera & Ballet Theatre. In 2001—2002 she was working with the troupe of the Cairo Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2002 Chumankova was invited to perform star characters at the Krasnyarsk State Opera & Ballet Theatre.


2001 — Diploma “For the talent to be mentioned” — International competition of the young ballet dancers (Kazan city, Russia);

2004 — First Prize Winner in the grade “Duo” at the All-Russia competition of the young ballet dancers (Krasnoyarsk city, Russia).

Since 2006 she is a leading artist of the Moscow Ballet “La Cassique” with performing star characters.


Ekaterina Karpova

In 2002 she graduated from the famous Saratov ballet school. The same year she joined Moscow Ballet “La Classique”.  With the company successful tours she has been touring Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, Portugal and frequently the UK.


Alexander Tarasov

Successfully graduated from one of the country’s famous schools — Perm State School of Choreography.

In 2007 joined the troupe of the Russian Ballet managed by V. Gordeev.

Starting in 2010 Alexander is one of the lead dancers of the Moscow Ballet “La Classique”.


Dmitriy Smirnov

He graduated from the world-wide known the Moscow Ballet School in 1993.

He performed as a principal dancer with “Ballet-studio leading by Yuri Grigorovich under  the Bolshoi Theatre”, “Renaissance Ballet” in Moscow, the ballet company “Moscow”.

As a Star dancer of the world-renowned ballet company “La Classique” D.Smirnov thrills ballet lovers since 2002.