The Northern Virginia Ballet and its affiliate school, The Academy of Russian Ballet, will feature dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky in the company’s ninth annual production of “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, according to a news release.

Dvorovenko and Beloserkovsky are former principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre, where they performed nearly all leading roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire. Trained at the Kiev State Choreographic Institute, they were principal dancers with the Kiev State Ballet in Ukraine.  Dvorovenko has received awards and prizes from international competitions, including the “Anna Pavlova Prize” at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 1992.  After immigrating to the U.S., the pair joined ABT and became known for their dramatic artistry and technical purity on stage.  Most recently, Dvorovenko was a guest judge on the TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance?” She will also be featured in the upcoming Starz Channel series, “Flesh and Bone.”

 "Having Maxim and Irina guest in our productions has been an unforgettable experience,” said Jasmine Nikitenko, co-artistic director of the company.  “They attended an in-studio rehearsal with our dancers and lead an hour long Q&A session afterward, not just show up for the performance and leave without acknowledging the children. They are very gracious, humble, and interact with the students during the rehearsal as well as before and after the shows.”

NVB’s production of “The Nutcracker” is family friendly and adheres to tradition. Sets and backgrounds were produced in Russian theaters and costumes are either custom made in Russia and Europe or by an in-house design team.

The 75 local performers joining the principal dancers onstage are students of ARB and range in age from 3 to 18. Jane Nam, 14, of Bristow stars as “Clara.” She was invited to study full time at the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow the past summer. Guest professional dancer Dmitriy Vistoropskiy of Kazahstan also joins the cast as The Nutcracker Prince.

Tickets are $35  for adults, $25 for children, seniors and the military, and can  be purchased at  hyltoncenter.org.

For more, visit  AcademyofRussianBalletVA.com.

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