Ekaterina Shchelkanova

Ekaterina Nikolaievna Shchelkanova (, also spelled Chtchelkanova; born May 2, 1970) is a Russian ballerina, singer and actress from Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia). To the American audience, she is most notably cast as Hunyak, the Hungarian prisoner from the musical ''Chicago'' (2002). Chtchelkanova was also cast as Darya in the Canadian film ''The End of Silence'' and held parts in the films ''Odin's Shield Maiden'', and ''Center Stage''.

Shchelkanova is a graduate from the Vaganova Academy, where she studied under Ludmila Safronova, then joined the Kirov Ballet. During a tour to the US in 1992, she defected. From 1995-2001, she was a member of the American Ballet Theatre. She has appeared with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal in 2008, and with the Space Coast Ballet in 2005. In 2010, she founded the Open World Dance Foundation. Provided by Wikipedia
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