Larissa Ponomarenko

Faculty, San Francisco Ballet School

Former Ballet Master & Principal Dancer, Boston Ballet

Larissa Ponomarenko is a graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. After working with Donetsk Ballet in Ukraine, she danced with Mississippi Ballet and Tulsa Ballet before joining Boston Ballet as a principal dancer in 1993, and danced there for 18 years. Her versatile repertoire included leading roles in full length classical ballets, a wide range of Balanchine repertoire, as well as works by Jorma Elo, John Cranko, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Kenneth MacMillan, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, and Twyla Tharp, among others. She was nominated for the Benois de la Danse award in 2005 and is a recipient of the E. Virginia Williams Inspiration Award.


In 2011, Larissa retired from dancing and became  ballet master of Boston Ballet. In 2019, Ponomarenko’s staging of full length Giselle was performed by Boston Ballet to great acclaim.