VA EVDOKIMOVA was a member of the Royal Danish Ballet, Deutsche Oper (Berlin) and The London Festival Ballet (later known as English National Ballet). She has appeared as Prima Ballerina Assoluta with American Ballet Theater, Kirov Ballet, La Scala Milano, National Ballet of Canada, National Ballet of Cuba, Paris Opera Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Tokyo Ballet.
Eva studied dance at the Royal Ballet School in London before joining the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. She later joined the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, where she was quickly promoted to Prima Ballerina Assoluta. At the invitation of Natalya Dudinskaya, she joined the Kirov Ballet as a solist. She became the first American dancer to win the Gold Medal at the International Varna Competition in Bulgaria.
She was partnered by Rudolf Nureyev for 15 years. Together they performed most of his classical productions as well as 20th century ballets such as Spectre de la Rose, Petrushka, Apollo, Miss Julie the Idiot, etc. Eva's repertoire comprises some 125 ballets, spanning the leading roles of all 19th century classics as well as many neo-classical, dramatics and contemporary works. She garnered particular international acclaim for her portrayals of "Giselle" and "La Sylphide" which immediately secured her a place among the greatest ballerinas of our century.