UDMILA (Lucy) RAIANOVA began her studies at the Academy School of Ballet in Almaty, Kazakhstan where she trained in the Vaganova method. She graduated with honors from the Kazakhstan State Ballet Academy and was invited to be a Principal Dancer with Ufa, Bashkir Republic State Theater of Opera and Ballet. Here she was given the opportunity to perform in the leading roles of the classic ballet repertoire.
Later, she was invited to join the Bolshoi Theater Ballet in Moscow where she continued her artistic development by working with the best known ballet teachers of the Russian system. An invitation to join the Ballet of Russia State Theater as soloist and principal dancer enabled her to dance the roles in Giselle (Myrthe, Pas de Deux Act I), Swan Lake (Pas de Trois), Don Quixote (Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads), Nutcracker, Le Corsaire (Gulnare) and many others of the classical ballet repertoire. She toured Europe performing with the Ballet of Russia and teaching master classes. While in Moscow, she began her coaching career.
Since moving to the US, she has continued to teach classes in all levels of ballet, pointe, ballet variations and stretch exercises. Currently, she teaches at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, New York University Tisch School of the Arts and Ballet Arts at City Center. In addition, she regularly guest teaches for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
Ludmila’s teaching encompasses not only the Russian classical tradition but also the best of all the international alternative techniques. Her innovative teaching method has won her great professional recognition.
In 2006 she coached her student for the Youth American Grand Prix Classical Ballet Competition Finals in New York City where she was awarded the Bronze Medal.