Irina Lerman


Dancer, Choreographer, Actress; the Mariinsky Ballet

St. Petersburg


Ballerina, choreographer, and actress Irina Lerman has triumphed in an incredibly competitive industry because she knows that succeeding in beautiful business takes discipline.

After moving across the continent from her home on the far eastern Russian peninsula of Kamchatka Krai to St. Petersburg, Irina studied at the renowned Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Upon her graduation in 2011, she was invited to join the Mariinsky Ballet, one of the world’s most distinguished ballet companies. She appeared in countless productions and toured the world with the company, performing throughout Europe, Asia, and the US before branching out on her own. She participated in the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, and her independent work as a neoclassical choreographer has earned critical acclaim.

The characteristic grace of masterful dancers like Irina make us forget the difficulty of their feats, but it is dedication, resilience, and sacrifice which make such magic possible: a lesson to be learned by all who aspire to conduct beautiful business.