Charis Alimanova

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Charis Alimanova began her training at the Space Coast Ballet Academy in Florida with Kirov Ballet dancers Janna Kirova and Boris Chepelev. From 2006 through 2009 she trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, and graduated with a diploma in the Vaganova Technique. Some of her favorite roles have been Play with Fire in Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, Clara in The Nutcracker, and The Cook in Ben Stevenson’s Alice in Wonderland. This is Charis’ third season with Texas Ballet Theater.

Where are you from?
San Diego, CA

When did you begin dancing?
At age 2

Why did you begin dancing?
I wouldn’t stop dancing in the living room.

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
2015

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Giselle

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How addicting it is

What is your favorite movie/TV show?
Game of Thrones

What’s your favorite song?
Honey by Magic Man

What is your most memorable vacation?
Kazakhstan

What’s your least favorite word?
Stupid

What sound do you love?
The Orchestra warming up

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Painting

Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
I love both!

What other talents do you have besides dancing?
I enjoy painting.

What do you do over the summer break?
Stay busy and travel

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I like fishing, hiking and taking photographs.

If you could drive any car, what would it be?
Audi

If you could a vacation home, where would it be?
Maldives

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
Passion