Nadezhda Pavlova

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Nadia Pavlova
Born Надежда Васильевна Павлова
(1956-05-15)May 15, 1956
Cheboksary, Chuvashia
Nationality Chuvash
Occupation Ballerina
Awards People's Artist of the USSR, People's Artist of the Chuvash Republic

Nadezhda Pavlova (born May 15, 1956) is a Russian Chuvash ballerina of the late 20th century, People's Artist of the USSR, People's Artist of the Chuvashia, professor.

Life and creativity

Nadia Pavlova liked to dance from an early age. At 7 she began to dance with a group at the House of Pioneers.

In 1966 visitors from the Perm choreographic school arrived in Cheboksary tasked with finding children of exceptional talent. They saw Nadia and recommended that she study in Perm, where she spent the next seven years — from 2nd year until graduation, in particular being coached by Lyudmila Pavlovna Saharova.

From the 2nd year Nadia Pavlova participated in concerts with the special numbers choreographed by M.Gazievym, — «the Girl and an echo», «the Small ballerina», "Mischievous person", and also was cast in various children's parts at the Perm opera and ballet theater.

In 1970, during theater tours in Moscow, Nadia Pavlova was already noticed by reviewers. Aged 15 years was awarded the first prize in the All-Union competition of ballet masters and ballet dancers, and a year later, in 1973, she won the Grand prize of II International competition of ballet dancers in Moscow. Nadia Pavlova was already frequently touring, both at home and abroad, to countries including Italy, Japan, China, Austria, Germany, France and the USA.

After graduation she became a soloist at the Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of P.I.Tchaikovsky, where she was given roles including Giselle (in statement B.Scherbinin) and Juliet («Romeo and Juliet», ballet master N.Bojarchikov).

She then joined the Bolshoi Ballet. Her regular partner throughout the decade was Vyacheslav Gordeyev, whom she married. She was taught by Asaf Messerer and coached by Marina Semenova.

Since 1983 Nadia Pavlova's repertoire has included solos by M. Bejart and G. Balanchine, and she danced with all the leading soloists of the Bolshoi, including Alexander Bogatyryov, Valery Anisimov, and, later, Alexey Fadeechev, Yury Vasjuchenko, Irek Mukhamedov.

She has given master-classes in France, Germany, Japan, Finland.

From 1992 to 1994 Pavlova was the artistic director of Theatre of Pavlova's ballet, and in 1995 the Renaissance-ballet. She has also served as a member of the jury in international dance competitions in Luxembourg (1995) and Hong Kong (1996).

In 1999 Pavlova took part in the opening of the Russian cultural center in Washington, as well as being named winner of festival «Star of world ballet» in Donetsk.

She now continues to dance both classical and contemporary choreography, and also teaches in the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art (RATA). She was also the youngest actress to be named as a National Actor of the USSR.

She lives in Moscow.


  • С. Коробков «Путь в большой балет. Семь уроков в Пермском хореографическом училище». — Perm, 1989;
  • Э. Бочарникова, Г. Иноземцева «Тем, кто любит балет», Moscow, 1988;
  • А. Мессерер «Танец. Мысль. Время», Moscow, 1990;
  • A. Demidov The Russian ballet: past & present. N.Y., 1977; London, 1982;
  • S. Montague The ballerina, N.Y., 1980.
  • М. Железкова «Надежда Павлова», Cheboksary, 1985, 1988.


  • «Танцует Надежда Павлова», text A.Avdeenko, Perm, 1986.
  • J. Gregory Giselle immortal: the story of Giselle as performed by Nadia Pavlova and Yuri Soloviev", London, 1982.

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