Elena Potapova

Elena Potapova

Ballerina, People's Artist of the USSR.
Date of Birth: 16.02.1930
Country: Ukraine

  1. Biography of Elena Potapova
  2. Ballet Career
  3. Education and Teaching
  4. International Work
  5. Family
  6. Awards and Titles

Biography of Elena Potapova

Elena Potapova, a Ukrainian Soviet ballerina and educator, was born on February 16, 1930, in Samara, Russia. She studied at the ballet studio of the Kuybyshev Palace of Pioneers, under the guidance of N. V. Danilova. After the war, her family moved to Kiev, where she studied at the choreographic studio of the Kiev Opera and Ballet Theater named after T. Shevchenko, under N. V. Verekundova, from 1946 to 1948.

Ballet Career

From 1948 to 1979, Elena Potapova was a soloist at the Kiev Opera and Ballet Theater named after T. Shevchenko. In 1977, she became a ballet master-repetiteur at the theater. Throughout her career, she performed 50 leading roles and also toured internationally in countries such as GDR, Iceland, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, USA, Canada, and France.

Education and Teaching

In 1980, Elena Potapova graduated from the ballet master's department of the A. Lunacharsky State Institute of Theatrical Arts in Moscow (now known as Russian University of Theatre Arts - GITIS), specializing in "pedagogue-ballet master." She served as a jury member for many international ballet competitions, including the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Moscow International Ballet and Choreography Competition, the International Youth Competition of Classical Dance "Crystal Slipper" in Kharkiv, and several All-Union competitions for young artists and ballet masters. She also led the competition commission of the All-Union Review of Choreographic Schools of the USSR.

International Work

Elena Potapova worked as a pedagogue-repetiteur at the National Opera of Turkey in Ankara. She taught at Japanese ballet schools in Nagoya, such as the International Center for Classical Dance named after A. Pavlova and V. Nezhinsky "Ochi-Ballet," and Atsuko Ballet in Osaka. In honor of her contributions, a dance school in Japan was named after her. In 2012, the Elena Potapova Ballet Dance Competition, involving 100 young Japanese participants, was launched.


Elena Potapova was married to Robert Vysotsky, a director. Her daughter, Alla, is an artist and works as a stage director in the theater.

Awards and Titles

Elena Potapova received several prestigious awards and titles throughout her career, including:
- Laureate of the Young Ballet Artists Competition at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Berlin (1951)
- Honored Artist of the Ukrainian SSR (1951)
- People's Artist of the Ukrainian SSR (1959)
- People's Artist of the USSR (1970)
- Order of the Red Banner of Labor
- Order of Princess Olga, 3rd Class.