Meet the Audition Directors

Moscow Ballet’s Vaganova-trained Soloists and Audition Directors are integral to the success of the “Dance with Us” student dancers who perform beside the pros in the Great Russian Nutcracker! These accomplished soloists audition and rehearse over 5,000 local ballet students annually in cities on the tour, helping to prepare them for their debut alongside Moscow Ballet's company of 40 professional Russian dancers. 

Yuriy Kuzo

Yuriy Kuzo arabesque
Yuriy Kuzo arabesque

Yuriy took his first steps in dance when he was 6 years old and fell in love with the magic of dancing. He auditioned, and was accepted, at the school of Rushnychok Dance Ensemble studying performing art, choreography, vocal and acting skills, and the history of theatre. After graduating from Rushnychok, he was invited to Lviv State College of Culture and Art where he studied dance and choreography

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Alisa Bolotnikova in Scheherazade
Alisa Bolotnikova in Scheherazade

Alisa Bolotnikova

Anna Trofimova in Grand Jete
Anna Trofimova in Grand Jete

Alisa Bolotnikova premiered as a Soloist with Moscow Ballet in 2016 and is an Audition Director in the “Dance with Us” program working with over 3,000 American ballet students annually. When not on tour, Alisa teaches ballet, choreography, gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics. Alisa also teaches students at the Kharkov Ballet College, some of which have been accepted in the Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theatre

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Mikhailo Scherbakov Nutcracker Doll
Mikhailo Scherbakov Nutcracker Doll

Anna Trofimova

Olga Pasternak as Cinderella
Olga Pasternak as Cinderella

Ballerina Anna Trofimova was born in 1994 and at just 8 years old she was invited to study at the Vadim Pisarev School of Choreographic Mastery. During her four years there, she took part in the International Ballet Festivals “Grand Pas” and “World Stars Ballet” where she was able to be on the stage with the famous ballet dancers including Ilze Liepa, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Vladimir Vasiliev, Farukh Ruzimatov, Daniil Simkin, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vyshneva, and Vladimir Malakhov!

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Mariia Yevdokymova
Mariia Yevdokymova

Mykhailo Shcherbakov

Bogdana Kopiy as Little Swan
Bogdana Kopiy as Little Swan

Mykhailo Shcherbakov was born in Pugachov, Russia but moved to Kiev at just ten-years-old to start studying in Kiev Choreographic College. While in school, he participated in many ballet competitions, including Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition and the International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers in Moscow. 

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Olga Pasternak

Olga Pasternak debuted as Masha in Moscow Ballet’s 2018 Dove of Peace Tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker and in 2019 she debuts as Audition Director for Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us program. She also performs as soloist of the Kiev Municipal Academic Theatre for Children and Youth. 

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Mariia Yevdokymova

Mariia Yevdokymova premieres this year as a Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director. She started dancing at Classical Dance Ensemble at just seven years old and studied there until she was 14. In 2012, she attended Odessa College of Arts and Culture named after K.F. Dankevich. 

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Bogdana Kopiy

Bogdana Кopiy has performed with Moscow Ballet for three tours. When Bogdana was 5 years old, her mother brought her one pointe shoe and she immediately tried to stand on it leaning against the table. This is how the story of Ballerina Bogdana began to evolve into the daily life of a professional ballerina.

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