Nina Danilova came to the United States from Russia in 1991. After five years as a faculty member at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington, she joined the School of Dance faculty in 1996, and has taught classes in ballet, technique, pointe, variations and repertory.

Danilova has also worked for the Kirov Ballet Company in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and in the Moscow Classical Ballet as a principal dancer and ballet mistress. In Poland, she worked for Polish National Ballet as a teacher and ballet mistress and in Italy, she was Artistic Director of Academy of professor P. Montallto.

In classical ballet, a Variation is musically a solo piece, usually short and choreographically intense. It presents the technical strengths and artistic uniqueness of a dancer.

Nina Danilova


  • Served as a contributor editor for the magazine Soviet Ballet, as well as choreographic editor for the book “Thirty Classical Ballet Variations from Russian choreographers,” published by Professor Valeria Uralskaya.
  • Continued studies through a two-year assistantship under Professor Raissa Struchkova
  • Former member of the Kirov company.

Career Highlights


Graduate Degree, Classical Ballet PedagogyRussian University of Theatrical Arts

DegreeVaganova Institute