Born in St.Petersburg. Graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy (class of Prof. Inna Zubkovskaya). Joined Mariinsky Theatre in 1988. Became First soloist in 1996.
Elvira Tarasova is the one of the leading artists of the ballet company of Mariinsky theatre. Honored artist of Russia (2003). Award for the Best partner on International Ballet competition in Moscow. Elvira is touring regularly with the famous Kirov Ballet around the world performing most of the leading roles in classical repertory. As a guest star performed with Swedish Royal Ballet, Danish Royal Ballet, National Opera and Ballet in Bucharest, National Theatre of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Azerbaijan in Baku and many others. Her partners were such a stars as F.Ruzimatov, I.Zelensky, A.Batalov, K.Zaklinsky, V.Samodurov. Elvira Tarasova is already several years teaching the classes for the Kirov Ballet as well as rehearsing with young dancers.
Repertoire: La Sylphide (Sylphide), The, Nutcracker (Maria, Pas de Trois), Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha), Swan Lake (Odette and Odillie, Pas de Trois) Don Quixote (Kitri, Queen of Dryads), Le Corsaire (Medora, Gulnara, Odalisque), La Bayadere (Nikiya, Gamzatti, Pas de Trois from the scene "Kingdom of Shades"), The Fairy Doll (Fairy Doll), The Fountain of Bakhchisaray (Maria), The Legend of Love (Gold), Raymonda (Clemance, Henrietta), Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Temperament and Diamond Fairy/ Little White Cat) Chopiniana, Paquita Grand Pas (variation), "Diana and Acteon" Pas de Deux from "Esmeralda", Romeo and Juliet (Juliet's Friend), Walpurgis Night, Symphony in C (3rd Movement), Serenade (soloist), Jewels (Rubies), Anna Karenina (Kitty), Manon (Lescaut's Mistress).