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Oksana Skorik (Russian: Оксана Скорик, born April 20, 1989) is a Russian professional ballet dancer and Principal Dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet. She graduated from Perm School of Dance in 2007 and joined the Mariinsky Ballet the same year. She was the subject of David Kinsella's documentary A Beautiful Tragedy and was featured on RT Documentary's Ballet, Sweat and Tears.

Oksana Skorik
Born
Оксана Скорик

(1989-04-20) April 20, 1989 (age 30)
Kharkov, Ukraine
OccupationBallet dancer
Years active2007-Present
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Current groupMariinsky Ballet
DancesLa Sylphide, Giselle, La Bayadère, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Grand Pas Classique, Chopiniana, The Legend of Love, Carmen, Ondine
WebsiteMariinsky Ballet - Oksana Skorik

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Early lifeEdit

Skorik was born in Kharkov, Ukraine on April 20, 1989. It was decided by her mother that she was going to be a ballet dancer ever since she was born, and the day after her 5th birthday, her mother took her to Perm School of Dance where she would attend ballet classes and board every year until her graduation at the age of 18. During her time in Perm School of Dance, Skorik suffered from anorexia due to the harsh comments of teachers and staff of the school, who would often compare students with each other.[1] In 2008, A Beautiful Tragedy, a documentary directed by David Kinsella focused on 15-year-old Oksana's journey through ballet school and her battle with anorexia. The documentary followed her during one year (2004-2005) and expressed her innermost feelings about ballet and her relationship with food.[1]

Mariinsky BalletEdit

Skorik was offered a contract with the Mariinsky Ballet in 2007 as a coryphée until she was promoted to first soloist in 2012. She has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet to the United States,[2] Japan, and Europe. In Sept 2015, Skorik was promoted to principal ballerina of Mariinsky.

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AccoladesEdit

  • Recipient of the Spirit of Dance prize in the category “Rising Star” (2012).[4]
  • Prize-winner at the XII International Ballet Dancers’ and Choreographers’ Competition in Moscow (2nd prize, 2013).
  • Recipient of the Leonide Massine Prize in the category "Emerging Talent on the International Scene" (Positano, Italy 2014)

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