Happy Birthday !!! Мария Кочеткова was born on May 7, 1984 in Moscow, Russia. Maria studied at the Moscow state Academy of choreography (class of Sofia Golovkina). In 2002 she won the main prize at the International ballet competition in Lausanne (Prix de Lausanne) and in the same year, upon graduation, went to training at the Royal ballet of great Britain. Since 2003, Maria Kochetkova has performed with English National ballet, first in the status of ballerinas, and since 2007 – in the status of soloist. In 2007 moved to the theater Ballet of San Francisco on the position of Prima Ballerina.