Birthdate: August 1, 1982
Pointe Shoe Brand / Size: 5X
Birthplace: Kharkov, Ukraine
Age she began dancing: 5
Present Company: New York City Ballet
Dance Specialty: Ballet
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When did you first know you wanted to be a dancer?
- School of American Ballet
- Kharkov Ballet School
When I was 4 years old, I watched a movie about the famous ballerina, Anna Pavlova. She was amazing and I wanted to dance like her. That is when I decided that I had to dance.
Who is your favorite dancer and why?
Right now my favorite dancer is Wendy Whelan because she dances beautifully and she has excellent technique.
Who is your favorite dance company and why?
New York City Ballet, because they have such a variety of ballets and always dance in a very elegant way.
If you could pick one role to dance which one would it be and why?
I would really like to dance Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake". This ballet is beautiful but also really hard. In this ballet one person not only has to dance two characters, but also be two individuals opposite each other in personalities.
What do you hope to be doing in five years?
I guess I am hoping to be a dancer in a very good company.
What are your other hobbies/interests outside of dance?
I like to listen to techno music and I would like to learn to skateboard.
Your advice for anyone training to become a dancer.
My advice is to work hard and to believe in your dream, which could become a reality.