Interview with Maria Mosina conducted by Christin Crampton-Day. Maria Mosina was born in Moscow and graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. Upon graduation she joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company and was immediately chosen for principal roles. She toured with the company on all major European, American, African and Asian stages. Colorado Ballet invited her in 1995 to join as leading principal dancer where she has performed all major parts in Classical productions: Clara & Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Sylphide in La Sylphide, Odette-Odille in Swan Lake, Giselle in Giselle, and the Dying Swan to name a few. Her range of styles was evident in Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Paul Taylor’s Company B and Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk. Maria has a degree in methodology and pedagogy from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and has been a master teacher/judge for the Youth American Grand Prix. Maria has been a guest artist in many festivals, galas and companies. She retired in 2017 after 21 seasons with Colorado Ballet.