Anastasia Dunets was born in Leningrad and at the age of ten was admitted to Leningrad’s Vaganova Ballet School, where she was privileged to study under the tutelage of Natalia Dudinskaya and Konstantin Sergeev. In 1988, Ms Dunets danced several roles for the 250th anniversary celebration of the Academy, including the Sleeping Beauty grand pas de deux.
As a student, Ms Dunets performed the role of “Masha” in Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre. Following her graduation, she participated in the Vaganova International Competition and was awarded second place.
Ms Dunets joined the ballet group of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1988, where she worked under the guidance of ballet master Oleg Vinogradov, and toured internationally. In 1997, Ms Dunets was invited by the German National Berlin Opera to join their company, where she danced until 2000.
By invitation of famed choreographer and director Jorma Uottinen, Ms Dunets joined the Finnish National Opera Ballet in 2000, performing solo roles in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, and in Sylvie Guillem’s Giselle, and as “Polina” and “Masha” in John Neumeier’s The Seagull, receiving the PRO DANCE award for her portrayal of “Masha”. She also danced the principal role of “Raymonda” in the Anna-Marie Holmes/Kevin McKenzie staging of Raymonda, a unique collaboration between the Finnish National Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
During her seasons with the Finnish National Ballet, Ms Dunets performed solo and principal roles in ballets by a host of different choreographers including George Balanchine, John Cranko, Jiri Kylián, Patrice Bart, Rudolf Nureyev, Heinz Spoerli, Hans van Manen, Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk.
In 2005, while still a dancer, Ms Dunets became a member of the pedagogical faculty of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, and received her diploma as ballet teacher, ballet tutor, and theatre repertoire coach in 2009.
Since 2007, Ms Dunets has been teaching at the Finnish National Ballet School and at the Helsinki Dance Institute. She has also been a guest teacher for the Royal Ballet School (Mexico) in 2013; for Forum Danza (Italy) in 2013, 2014 and 2015; Endanza (Spain) and Ballet Ruso de Barcelona in 2014-2015, among others.
Ms Dunets will be teaching senior ladies ballet and pointe technique, variations and repertoire.