Maria Kochetkova Launches Her T-Shirt Line "Koche-Kova"

Maria Kochetkova is not only an incredible ballerina, but also a consistent go-to for style inspiration (seriously, check out her Instagram—I want everything she wears). It was only a matter of time before the San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre principal made her mark in the fashion world as a designer. Kochetkova just released her t-shirt collection, "Koche-Kova," online (just in time for the holidays! Hiiii friends and family, I know you're reading this).

Each quote is hand-picked and hand-written by Kochetkova and then printed onto the tees. She says of her picks, "Sappho is one of the very few female poets writing in the 6th century BC and Emily Dickinson’s strength and vision is inspiring. Pushkin is one of the greatest Russian writers so I had to include him...Kharms is another writer I’ve read since I was a child. His seemingly simple writing that is nonetheless filled with sarcasm appeals to me." We love the concept, the quotes and the charm of these shirts (and also because when have we ever not loved a ballet-fashion collaboration?). Check out some of our favorites below.

A quote from Alexander Sergeyvich Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" (photo via

Maria + Emily Dickinson=the undeniable coolest. (Photo via

So much yes. (Photo via

Want more Dance Spirit?

Latest Posts

Photo by Jayme Thornton

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by Jamayla Burse

Catching Up With Christian Burse, Comp Kid Turned Complexions Rising Star

With her nearly limitless facility, well-timed dynamics and incredible control, Christian Burse's future as a dancer was guaranteed to be bright. A student at the renowned Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, and at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in Plano, TX, Burse has consistently made waves: She won first runner-up for Teen Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in 2019, received a grant for summer study at Juilliard from the Texas Young Masters program in 2020, and was named a YoungArts finalist for dance in 2021.

So, it wasn't all that surprising when Burse announced that, at just 17 years old, she would be joining Complexions Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice for the company's 2021–22 season.

Dance Spirit caught up with Burse to hear all about her first season with Complexions ahead of the contemporary ballet company's run at the Joyce Theater in NYC this month.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search