Veronika Part

Veronika Part (born 21 February 1978) is a Russian ballet dancer. She is a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. She now serve as a ballet master at Atlanta Ballet.[1]

Veronika Part
Born (1978-02-21) 21 February 1978 (age 43)
OccupationBallet dancer
Years active1996–present
Current groupAtlanta Ballet
Former groupsKirov Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
DancesBallet

Early lifeEdit

Veronika Part was born in St. Petersburg. The doctor who delivered her said she had beautiful legs, therefore her mother believed Part should be a ballet dancer. However, Part started in gymnastics at age 4, and continued for six years. In 1988, at age 10, her mother sent her to audition for Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. She was accepted and started training at the academy.[1][2] She graduated in 1996, under the class of Inna Zubkovskaya.[3]

CareerEdit

In 1996, at age 18, Part joined the Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky Ballet), and became a soloist in 1998. At age 20, she made her debut as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and the title role in Raymonda. When the Kirov performed George Balanchine's Jewels. She was coached by Gabriella Komleva, Ninel Kurgapkina, Yelena Yevteyeva and Lubov Kunakova.[2] She was the winner of the BALTIKA Prize in 1999.[3] The Kirov toured extensively during this time and Part danced in many different countries on many continents. She became frustrated at her lack of progress and being overlooked for principal even though she was dancing principal roles and began to look around in Europe for the opportunities.[citation needed]

Part first performed in New York City in 1999 with the Mariinsky cast as the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and caught the attention of American Ballet Theatre director Kevin McKenzie. When she returned three years later in the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, McKenzie invited her to join as a soloist with the company, which she accepted. Part spoke no English at the time. She made her debut with ABT during its Japan tour. She first performed supporting roles, but gradually got more prominent roles.[2][4]

Part considered leaving the ABT and return to Russia, as she wanted to dance more and more support offstage, but was promoted to the rank of principal dancer in 2009. She decided to stay for personal reasons.[5] Since her promotion, she had danced many of lead roles of the company's repertoire, including works by McKenzie, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine and Alexei Ratmansky.[3] She had created roles for the latter, including Natalia in his On the Dnieper and Lilac Fairy in his version of The Sleeping Beauty.[6][7]

Outside of ABT, she had appeared on Late Show with David Letterman.[8] She had danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet as a guest artist.[1] She also participated in projects by the Kennedy Center and Metropolitan Opera.[3] In 2012, she had returned to the Mariinsky as guest to perform in Swan Lake.[citation needed] The following year, she appeared in documentary Ballet's Greatest Hits, dancing the White Swan pas de deux.[9]

In 2017, Part retired from ABT as her contract was not renewed. Her departure was announced days before her final performance. Her fans started a petition on Change.org to ask the company's leadership to let Part stay. Part exited the company following a performance of Balanchine's Mozartiana.[8]

Part had taught in schools across the U.S., and was a jury at Youth America Grand Prix. She later became a ballet master at Atlanta Ballet.[1]

Selected repertoireEdit

Sources:[1][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Artistic - Ballet Masters". Atlanta Ballet. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Russian Soul". Dance Magazine. 28 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "Veronika Part". Mariinsky Theatre. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Veronika Part to join American Ballet Theatre as a soloist". American Ballet Theatre. 9 July 2002.
  5. ^ "Now in Principal's Slippers, Facing Fears". New York Times. 4 June 2009.
  6. ^ a b "On the Dnieper". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b "The Sleeping Beauty". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Veronika Part to Leave American Ballet Theater". New York Times. 3 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Ballet's Greatest Hits - YAGP Gala". Youth American Grand Prix. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Dumbarton". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Kaleidoscope". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Veronika Part". Los Angeles Philharmonic. Retrieved 11 May 2020.

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