Hometown: Nikopol, Ukraine
Oksana Maslova’s artistic development began early on with rhythmic gymnastics, which eventually led her to an intensive ballet program with Irina Sycheva, former ballerina of St. Petersburg Ballet. Oksana then went on to the Kiev Choreographic College, where she studied under renowned teachers and artists such as Anna Petrenchuk, Evgenyi Kaigorodov, Yana Gladkih, and Dmitriy Kaigorodov. While attending the Choreographic College, Oksana began performing with Kiev Youth Ballet, where she danced the part of Arabian in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, and Odette in Swan Lake. After graduating from Kiev, Oksana became a student at the Institute of Culture and Arts, where she received her master’s degree as a choreographer and ballet master.
Oksana joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a soloist for our 2014/2015 season. She has since danced featured roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, as well as the role of Odile/Odette in Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake. In 2016, Oksana was promoted to principal dancer and has continued to perform a mixed repertoire of classical, modern, and full-length works, including David Dawson’s The Third Light, Brian Sanders’ Chicken Bone Brain, George Balanchine’s Western Symphony (Second Movement), and Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella (Cinderella).
Prior to Pennsylvania Ballet, Oksana was a member of Suziriya Dance Theater, which she joined after Kiev Youth Ballet. In 2004, she became a member of the Odessa National Opera House, where she rose to the rank of soloist and performed a variety of principal roles. In 2008, she joined Grand Rapids Ballet as a principal dancer, performing their entire classical repertoire. And, in June 2011, she joined the Connecticut Ballet Company as a principal dancer, where she created the role of Alice in Brett Raphael’s Alice in Wonderland.