Meet the Audition Directors

NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas 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! 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 NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet's company of 40 professional international artists. 

Anna Trofimova

Anna Trofimova in Grand Jete
Anna Trofimova in Grand Jete

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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Bogdana Kopiy as Little Swan
Bogdana Kopiy as Little Swan

Bogdana Kopiy

Yuriy Kuzo arabesque
Yuriy Kuzo arabesque

Bogdana Кopiy has performed with NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet for five 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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Alisa Bolotnikova in Scheherazade
Alisa Bolotnikova in Scheherazade

Yuriy Kuzo

Mikhailo Scherbakov Nutcracker Doll
Mikhailo Scherbakov Nutcracker Doll

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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Olga Pasternak as Cinderella
Olga Pasternak as Cinderella

Alisa Bolotnikova

Mariia Yevdokymova
Mariia Yevdokymova

Alisa Bolotnikova premiered as a Soloist with NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas 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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Mykhailo Shcherbakov

Mykhailo Shcherbakov was born in Pugachov, Russia but moved to Kyiv at just ten-years-old to start studying in Kyiv 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 NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet's 2018 Dove of Peace Tour and joined us in 2019 as Audition Director for NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet's Dance with Us program. She also performs as soloist of the Kyiv Municipal Academic Theatre for Children and Youth. 

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Mariia Yevdokymova

Mariia Yevdokymova premieres this year as a NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas 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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