Alla Nikitina was born in Ukraine and began her early training at the Donetsk School of Ballet. She was invited to attend St. Petersburg State Academy of the Arts in Russia. There she studied the Vaganova method of classical ballet, and was extensively trained in all methods of character dance.
Nikitina graduated from the Academy with honors in 1979. She then embarked on a successful career with a number of Russian dance companies. Soon she was performing as a soloist at the prestigious State Academic Ensemble of Dance in Russia. In 1985, Nikitina founded the Rovesnik Dance Company in Kiev, Ukraine. Her company’s numerous appearances received high awards for excellence and mastership at national and international dance competitions and festivals. This includes the first prize at the First National Choreographer’s competition in Ukraine in 1985. Nikitina was also honored with the much sought after N. Livitsky National Award for her work as a choreographer.
In 1997, Nikitina moved to the United States and began to work as a full time member of the faculty at Hartford Ballet, Hartt School, and BFA Dance Division of the University of Hartford. She also is a guest teacher at a number of professional dance schools in the United States, including Boston Ballet School, School of Rochester Ballet, Bras City Ballet and others.
Nikitina has choreographed more than 30 original works including the full-length ballet The Snow Queen by Alexander Glazunov (2005), Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev (2006), and The Snow Maiden by Peter Tchaikovsky (2007). In addition to these notable accomplishments, Nikitina takes time to reach out to the local community of Hartford, utilizing her skills to work with young people through her own school called Premier Dance Academy.