People’s Artist of Russia, laureate of the Russian state prize, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, étoile of La Scala.
"I’ve begun to ‘feel’ more after the birth (yes, she is the mother of one), to live emotions in a stronger way, even though my basic attitude remains the same: that of a student who learns a little every day and tries every day to improve."
"Something from within takes place and you understand sometimes that human abilities are limitless. During the performance you do such things which you completely did not expect from yourself."
"All ballets are saturated with big techniques. The task of an artist is not to turn his technique into a sport, but to perfect to the point where you are no longer thinking, and current steps convey emotions and be real hero on stage because dance is all about emotions and the audience comes to be enchanted."
"When I'm in rehearsal I always feel like I'm a pupil -- and not at all a ballerina"
"Ballet is not just my profession, it is my life ... It is horrible for me to think that one day it will all finish."