The daughter of a dancer, Tikhomirova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy where she was later given leading roles in school performances. When she entered the Bolshoi Ballet as a corps member in 2004, she was soon dancing soloist parts and is now a full-fledged soloist in the company.
Watching Tikhomirova dance the first variation of the Grand Pas De Deux in Don Quixote, or in Asaf Messerer’s Spring Waters, it is easy to understand why Dance Magazine has named her one of the top 25 to watch in 2012. She has a sense of joy and lightness that is contagious. Besides her obvious technique, Tikhomirova displays an exuberance that is most apparent in the way she uses her head and neck. There is a freedom there that speaks of an inner freedom and ecstasy yearning for expression.
Tikhomirova is fearless in the way she jumps through the air into the arms of her partner. You feel her abandonment and her great sense of fun as she plays and fully enters the spirit of whatever choreography she is dancing.
Watch for this exhilarating dancer in May and June when the Bolshoi comes to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Music Center in L.A.