Provided by Northern Virginia Ballet
The Northern Virginia Ballet (NVB) and its affiliate school The Academy of Russian Ballet (ARB) are pleased to announce that International Ballet superstars Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky will guest in their ninth annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas at 2:00 p. m. and 6:00 p. m.
Ms. Dvorovenko and Mr. Beloserkovsky are former Principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) where they performed nearly all leading roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire. Trained at the Kiev State Choreographic Institute in the USSR, they were Principal dancers with the Kiev State Ballet in Ukraine. Ms. Dvorovenko has received many awards and prizes from prestigious international competitions in Moscow, Japan, Jackson, Ukraine, including “Anna Pavlova Prize” at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 1992. After immigrating to the United States, they immediately joined ABT where they became famed for their dramatic artistry and technical purity on stage. They are spokes models and fashion designers for Bloch Dancewear USA and have modeled for Vogue Magazine, among others. Most recently, Ms. Dvorovenko was a guest judge on the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?” She was featured in the Starz Channel series “Flesh and Bone” as well as a supporting role in the FX series “The Americans.”
NVB’s production of “The Nutcracker” is family friendly and adheres to tradition. Sets and backgrounds were produced in Russian theatres and costumes are either custom made in Russia and Europe or by an in-house design team. The 75 local performers joining Ms. Dvorovenko and Mr. Beloserkovsky onstage are students of ARB and range in age from three to eighteen. Abigail Heisel, 12, of Manassas stars as “Clara.” She won first place at Youth America Grand Prix in Philadelphia and then competed in the NYC International Finals of YAGP in 2017. Guest professional dancer Django Allegretti also joins the cast as The Nutcracker Prince.
NVB and ARB provides talented area students with professional performing experience, original choreographic pieces, and community arts collaboration. Members of NVB and students of ARB have won the Hope Award, 1st-3rd place, Top-12 at Youth America Grand Prix eleven years in a row, have been voted “Best Performing Arts Group in Prince William County”, have been accepted to acclaimed summer intensives around the country, received traineeship offers with professional companies, and received college scholarships. Five members have been invited to study full time at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. In April 2013 and 2016, members of NVB/ARB attended the Dance Triumph Festival in Germany where they were awarded “Outstanding School”.