From the dramatic, to the lyrical to the tricks of a master, Olga Kifyak has it all – public accolades and professional awards. In addition to receiving the top honor at the First International Yuri Grigorovich Ballet Competition, Olga has earned medals in international competition in Rome and Vienna. In 2012, after just over ten years of professional dancing, Olga was named Honored Artist of Ukraine.
Olga’s professional career began at the prestigious Ukrainian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, which she was invited to join in 2001 immediately upon graduation from the Ukrainian Academy of Dance in Kiev.
Olga has since toured extensively, appearing at the International Festival of Ballet Stars of Ukraine, the International Festival of Vatslav Nijinsky, the Horegrafichesky Lotus Festival, the International Festival of the 21st century, and the International Festival of Young Talents in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2004, she toured with former Bolshoi Prima Ballerina Anastasia Volochkova.
Olga’s repertoire includes: Swan Lake as Odette, Odile; the title role in Coppelia; Don Quixoteas Kitri; the title role in Paquita; La Bayadere as Gamzatti; and Spartacus as Aegina; Raymonda; Giselle; Sleeping Beauty; Le Corsair; The Master and Margarita; Danielle; The Viennese Waltz;and Lord Borisphen.
In roles that range from the dramatic, to the lyrical, to the exotic, Olga is a leading light of the art.
Russian Ballet Theatre is proud to welcome her return as a principle dancer for the 2019 US Tour.
Evgeny Svetlitsa exquisitely dances the role of Prince Ziegfried in this new production of Swan Lake.
Evgeny is a grand and stunning dancer having been recognized as Honored Artist of Ukraine since 2015.
Training with various dance groups since early childhood, he studied at the Lviv Choreographic School beginning at age 9. His divine musicality can, in part, be credited to the fact that he also plays the clarinet. In 2004, Evgeny graduated from the Kiev University of Culture and Arts with a degree in choreography.
For the last 20 years, he has been working at the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater, but as a star soloist he never stops training. In 2018, he graduated from T. Shevchenko University in Lugansk with a master’s degree in choreography!
Winner of the Vadim Pisarev Prize and the International Competition Arabesque, Evgeny has been an honored guest soloist at theaters in France, China, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden and Holland.
In 2016, Evgeny participated in the U.S. tour of Swan Lake as a guest soloist, and no doubt, his performance in this role will be beyond captivating once again.
Mikhail Ovcharov is the international ballet phenomenon that you won’t soon forget.
His story begins in Siberia, where Ovcharov first pursued his passion for dance. After graduating from the Buriat Choreographic School in 2004, the dancer earned the once-in-a-lifetime scholarship to the New Zealand School of Dance. It was there that he was able to fine-tune his passion into a technical and precise art by achieving the coveted National Diploma in Dance Performance in 2006.
Almost as soon as he was hired at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, his career swept him halfway across the planet to the Tulsa Ballet Theatre in the US.
This ballet luminary finally came full circle after returning to Russia to join the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre. As he proceeds to perfect his craft, Ovcharov will continue to stun the entire globe with his grace, strength, and dedication.
We are proud to present the ever-talented Ovcharov, dancing the part of Jester.
Yulya Kabatova’s artistry began at the Vaganova Academy and the Mariinsky Ballet Theatre. She always expressed interest in performing on the U.S. stage.
Yulya’s star shines bright in live performance, but her added gleam is unmistakable as she has also starred in ballets that were broadcast in U.S. cinemas including Swan Lake and The Nutcracker in 3D.
Gracefully dancing her way through Don Quixote (choreographer Johan Kobborg), Sleeping Beauty (choreographed by Jean-Guillaume Bar) and more, Yulya also has an eye to the future and looks forward to performing in exciting, new productions.
Oleg Eromkin is a worldwide treasure having graced the world’s best stages including those in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Estonia, China, South Korea, UAE, South Africa, Thailand and Russia.
Soon after joining the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre in 2004 he danced his way to the top as principal soloist. Five years later, the Francysk Skaryna Medal was bestowed on Oleg acknowledging his outstanding creative achievements, high professional skills as well as his merits in the development of national culture and art.
Since 2013, he has been recognized as an Honored Artist of Belarus.
Kyunsun Pak was born in Korea, yet received a Russian Ballet education which gives her performances their own unique fabric.
She was trained at the Russian Ballet Academy in Japan, spent three years at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and performed with the Odessa State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Most majestic for her, thus far, has been her time as a soloist at the Yekaterinburg State Academical Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Kyunsun’s finesse and prowess no doubt comes from her training with Irina Sytnilova (formerly a Mariinksy soloist and Associate Professor at the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy) and “Sir of Dance,” Gennady Selutsky, one of the most honored professors at the Russian Ballet Academy who danced for over 35 years with the Mariinsky Ballet.
Alina Steinberg was born into a rainbow of arts as the daughter of famous ballerina Louise Muhametgaleva and acclaimed violinist Zakhar Steinbergh.
She was described once as “a tall beauty who shoots unbelievable battement developpe like the hands of a fateful clock.”
It is no wonder she was Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, the highest state award possible for an artist in the country.
Alina has often glided above the stage as a leading soloist at the M. Dzhalil Tatar Academic State Opera and Ballet Theater in Kazan, Russia. Also adding to her mastery of ballet, Alina danced at the Boris Eifman Theatre of St. Petersburg from 2002 to 2004.
Ivan Ilyin’s talent was recognized early when a studio teacher told his parents to send him to a professional institution.
After some disappointment about getting into the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet on the first try, Ivan went to Alexander Nadtochi, a teacher with the reputation of participating in new, revolutionary productions in the 1970s. His zeal and passion worked!
Ivan trained with spirit and devotion for two years working with many incredible teachers including Yuri Umrikhin (Mikhail Baryshnikov was one of Mr.Umrikhin’s many students at the time). Ivan was so very lucky as he one of Yuri’s last students. His luck was a bit fleeting, though. Right before graduation got an inguinal hernia. That did not discourage Ivan who has since danced through France, Australia-New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Italy, Taiwan and Macau, and of course the U.S. and Canada.
Traveling almost the whole world dancing, Ivan says he can’t imagine working in one theater in one place, but, “I do not rule a change in opinion on this subject!”
Katerina Sokolova graduated Kherson State University’s Kiev Choreographic School, and by the age of 25 danced her way into the top category of the Kiev Musical Theater.
Talent sprinkles fairy dust on her house as she is married to Vladimir Kazmin, also in our cast.
Margarita Shepelevahas gracefully danced with Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater after graduating the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College.
She has traced the steps of those before her working with astounding choreographers like Edward Klug, Nacho Duato and Emil Faski.
Margarita’s career has been enlightened on tours through Korea, Thailand, Bangkok, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Austria, Luxembourg, Norway, Germany and Switzerland.
Arno-Stin Tsembengoy started his career at Kyiv Academic National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine shortly after graduating from Kyiv Choreography College.
When the theatre season ended, he danced his way through Dwight Rhoden’s The Great Gatsby, and also played Thibald in Edward Clug’s Radio and Juliet.
He says, the dynamics of movements and the emotions he experienced while performing this role intensified his self-knowledge in choreography.
For the next two seasons, he took on and soared through classical contemporary repertoire at Novosibirsk Academic National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Katrina Jenkins perhaps was destined for stardom having been born in Los Angeles although her star has shined on ballet since she was a child in Belarus where she grew up.
By the time she was a third-year student at the State Choreographic College of Belarus, she was already spellbinding as she danced one of the leading parts in the Cavalry Camp ballet.
It is no wonder that her panache and skill lead her to Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater in Minsk. She has also toured Lithuania and China.
Katrina has never-ending energy and enthusiasm, adding teaching of young aspiring ballerinas to her day, while never missing a beat of her demanding dance schedule.
Ekaterina Sapogova has been nominated twice for The Gold Mask Award as best female performance in a ballet for “Romeo and Juliet” (directed by Vyacheslav Samodurov) and “Naiad and the Fisherman” (directed by Yuri Burlak).
This prestigious honor represents her excellence and honors her celebration of Russian culture.
Ekaterina, who graduated from the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College and danced in the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater, has received other accolades as well including a Diploma from the All-Russian Competition “Russian Ballet” and a Diploma from the International Competition of Ballet Artists “Arabesque”.
Anastasia Rodina performed in Dwight Rhoden’s renowned ballet, The Great Gatsby immediately upon graduation from the Serge Lifar Kyiv Municipal Dance Academy.
Performances came one after another as she danced in Edward Klug’s Stabat Mater and G. Pergolesi’s opera Radio & Juliet staged to the music of Radiohead.
She says, dancing in such modern productions has freed her spirit and given her even more appreciation, comfort and love to glide her way through classical choreography.
In 2016 Anastasia was invited by Mariinski’s Denis Matvienko to the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater to perform modern repertoire created by choreographers as: Nacho Duato, Mikhail Messerer, Edward Klug, and more.
Vladimir Kazmin’s career glistens.
At only 28 years old, he has already danced in the top category at the National Opera of Ukraine. He has also worked at the Kharkiv National Lysenko Theater as well as many with many other troupes throughout Russia and France.
Not only does his career glisten, but he has an extra gleam in his eye since his wife, Ekaterina Sokolova is also in our cast.
At 4 years old, Ludmila Belikova was already on the avenue to a blossoming career in ballet. By 9, she entered the Choreographic School of Vadim Pisarev, a place known for discovering magic in a gifted child. Here she learned the Vaganova method, and often performed in the Theater’s repertoire.
At 14, she danced in Chipollino staged by Heinrich Maiorov. Invited to work in the Theater at 16, Ludmila performed its entire repertoire including Swan Lake, for which she danced her way through several roles including the Neopolitan Solo.
Ludmila has also gracefully flitted through roles in Love and Passion of Ida Rubinstein with the Chelyabinsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
Anastasia Kuzmina graduated The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.
Studying at this ballet mecca, she further realized her passion for dance. Competition to get into the academy is fierce and the 8-year training is very difficult with only about 10 percent of those who start actually completing the program!
Anastasia completed the program and now at the young age of 22 she has already toured England, Japan, France, Finland, Israel, Scotland, Macau, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.
Roman Baglay says, for him, “ballet is life.”
He is grateful for his parent’s foresight to have him study ballet before he understood about choosing a profession.
Roman shows his flair for the dramatic with elegance and style as he has danced in the production of Carmina Burana with an orchestra, choir and opera soloist for the National Opera of Ukraine in France. Other Important works he has performed in include: The Great Gatsby Ballet where he worked with Dwight Rhoden and The Ballets of Edward Klug (Radio and Juliet, Stabat Mater).
Roman delights in the not so savory roles. He says his most interesting and challenging part so far has been the sensualist Crassus in the ballet Spartacus. The challenge as a dancer, he says, is becoming a character while always perfecting technically complex movements.
Roman also studies ‘directing classical ballet’ at the Kiev National University Theater, Cinema and Television.