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About the Artistic Director
She lived in Home Number 21, a dilapidated building, one of the many orphanages in St. Petersburg.Suddenly my complaints about the harsh Russian winter seemed absurd. I couldn't get her out of my mind. When I walked by the building on the way to my daily studies at the Conservatory I wondered how many had passed by this building, indifferent to this child. I did not want to be just another passerby. So I decided to organize a benefit concert.
I enlisted my classmates, artists of the Mariinsky Theatre and a cast of 16 international artists. We couldn't speak the same languages, but we were united, nonetheless. The event we held was unprecedented, a great success; all the proceeds went to the orphanage. That year, every child received a coat, gloves and warm shoes. Though a small step, it had a big impact on me. I realized that I could use dance as a tool to tangibly help others.
Since then I've combined continued performing with humanitarian work through the arts. I want to mentor the next generation to do the same. My goals extend beyond nurturing a new generation of culturally sensitive artists and arts enthusiasts. I hope to inspire young students to dig deeper within themselves as people – as humans and as citizens on the planet. It takes courage to explore the world's endless possibilities, to have a sense of responsibility and compassion for others. But the power of dance can inspire that. And that's my life's work.
My fascination with tutus and tiaras began at age two. By age three, I was subjecting my younger brother to my "choreographic" endeavors. At age eight I called San Francisco Ballet to arrange my audition, unbeknownst to my parents. So my formal training began!
I continued studying with SFB and then went on to the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C. to complete my formal ballet training. After performing principal youth roles with both companies, I was sure that I was destined for a life onstage. Following a two-year apprenticeship with the Mariinsky Theatre, while I was concurrently a student at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, I had an experience that brought an unexpected sharp turn to my career path: I saw a little girl, actually barefoot in snow, in a tattered sweater.