Anna Urban (Polikarpova) was born in Tomsk, Russia and studied at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. In 1988 she joined the Mariinsky Ballet and became a soloist in 1989. In 1992 she joined the Hamburg Ballet as a Soloist and was promoted to Principal in 1994. John Neumeier created numerous roles and soli for her including Penelope in »Odyssee«, Ophelia in »Hamlet«, Romola Nijinska in »Nijinsky« and Arkadina in »The Seagull«. The Swedish choreographer Mats Ek created for her »Meinungslose Weiden« and Gold Fairy in »The Sleeping Beauty«. She also danced a wide-ranging repertory. After her education as a ballet teacher in Toronto at the Canada‘s National Ballet School under the supervision of Mavis Staines, Anna Urban teaches classical dance at the School of the Hamburg Ballet since the 2014/15 season.