Anna Tsygankova
Photo: Sebastien Galtier

Anna Tsygankova


Before coming to the Netherlands in 2007, Anna Tsygankova (Novosibirsk, Russia) had already had an impressive career as a principal dancer, performing with the famous Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, the Hungarian National Ballet and the Vienna State Opera Ballet. Anna trained at the ballet academy in Novosibirsk and the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo.

Anna is in great demand as a guest principal at dance galas abroad, and has won a great many prizes. In 2008, one year after joining Dutch National Ballet, she received the Alexandra Radius Prize. In 2011, she was nominated for the Dutch Swan Award for ‘Most impressive dance performance’ for her role as Kitri in Don Quixote, and in 2016 she received a Swan Award for her performance of the title role in Ted Brandsen’s Mata Hari. In 2014, she was awarded the Grand Prix at the Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg, and in 2016 she was named Mrs. Expressivity at the same festival. One year later, in 2017, Stichting Dansersfonds ’79 honoured her with the prestigious Award of Merit.

In the same year, the British dance magazine Dance Europe named her ‘Best dancer of the year’ and in 2019 and 2020 she again received honourable mentions in the magazine’s annual Critics’ Choice, this time in the category ‘Outstanding performance by a female dancer’.


With Dutch National Ballet since: 

Place of birth: 
Novosibirsk (Russia)

Career with Dutch National Ballet: 
Principal (2007)

Previously danced with: 
Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow, Russia), Hungarian National Ballet (Budapest, Hungary), Wiener Staatsballett (Vienna, Austria).

Ballet Academy (Novosibirsk, Russia), Académie de Danse Princesse Grace (Monte Carlo, Monaco)


  • 2019 and 2020: Critics’ Choice, Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer
  • 2017: Merit Award - Dansersfonds ’79
  • 2017: Critics’ Choice, Dancer of the Year Award
  • 2016: Swan for ‘most impressive dance performance’
  • 2016: Miss Expressivity Award, Dance Open Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg
  • 2014: Grand Prix, Dance Open Festival, St Petersburg
  • 2012: Nomination Benois de la Danse
  • 2008: Alexandria Radius Award
  • 1996: International Balletconcours, bronze
  • 1995: Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland), silver