Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2015
Valeria Chaykina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She received her ballet education at the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy where she trained for ten years. Throughout her training at the Academy, she worked with Konstantin Zaklinsky, Altynai Asylmuratova, and French choreographer Pierre Lacotte. She has also performed on the Mariinsky Theatre's stage with the school. In 2012, she joined Leonid Jacobson St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre as a Soloist and has performed several roles in classical ballets including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. That same year she was chosen to perform in Dance Open Festival in Savonlinna, Finland, with some of the leading ballet stars.
In 2013, Chaykina moved to Moscow where she joined Moscow Ballet, also as a Soloist, and toured around the world performing in theaters in Spain, Italy, Japan, and Lebanon. In 2014, she decided to come to America to train in Balanchine technique and was accepted at the Miami City Ballet School on a full scholarship. While there she trained with Nilas Martins, Lourdes Lopez, Geta Constantinescu, Maria Torija, and Olivier Pardina and danced many principal roles including George Balanchine's Western Symphony (Second Movement principal), Harald Lander's Études, and Mikhail Fokine's Les Sylphides. She was also cast for the second season of Teen Vogue's Strictly Ballet series and was featured in the June/July issue of Teen Vogue magazine. Since joining the Joffrey, she has performed numerous roles including Spring Fairy in Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella; Trio in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Mammatus; Venetian Masked Dancer in Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker; Justin Peck's Year of the Rabbit; Myles Thatcher's Body of Your Dreams; Peasant Pas de deux in Lola DeAvila’s Giselle; Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces; Sanguinuc lady in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments; Lover’s pas de deux and a Friend in Alexander Ekman’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Outside of dancing, Chaykina enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. She is grateful for all the opportunities and the love and support from her family.