When I was 9 years old, I began gymnastics and ballet at the same time. A teacher from Vaganova Ballet Academy came by, saw me, was impressed by my skills and invited me to join the Academy.
After 9 years at the Academy, I was signed by the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Then, in 2013, I joined the Mariinsky Theatre. During those years, while I was on tour in many countries, I realized that dance in other countries offered more and different than the classic Russian School of Ballet.
I wanted to grow as a ballet dancer and find work in another country. But I found the search for the right place very difficult. From that experience, I felt that it would benefit a lot of people, who face the same challenges I did, to create a common data base for opportunities that will fit well with a dancer’s professional goals. So I am combining my main work as soloist at Universal Ballet working with my brother Alex to offer BalletWorld to dancers everywhere.
Ekaterina Krasyuk in NPAFE’s words…
Quite by accident on Facebook, we came across that stunning black and white head shot of Ekaterina Krasyuk that you see up top. For us, unlike so many dancer photos, it did not show “dance” and instead a person of quiet confidence and grace … not just in our opinion and instead in the opinion of many, many others who have seen and praised that photo.
Who is this Ekaterina Krasyuk, we asked ourselves? As it turns out, there are many answers.
Ekaterina in rehearsal
For sure, she is a remarkable ballet performer. To be chosen at 10 years old for studying at the Vaganova Academy, and then to be signed by the Mikhailovsky and Mariinsky Theaters, well, what more can be said?
Plenty. Ekaterina is a person of fierce yet humble determination to expand her own horizons and to help others expand theirs. Someone who could have easily made a remarkable career simply by staying in the world of classical ballet, she has instead competed for and danced contemporary ballets by many of the world’s famous choreographers, working directly with most of them: Nacho Duato, Alexey Ratmansky, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Raimondo Rebeck and a lot of young choreographers.
Ekaterina and Friend!
Her commitment to see BalletWorld succeed for other dancers is also proof of her reach beyond the ordinary. So is her smile in the photo with the children that you see here.
Ekaterina personifies generosity and selflessness. Here is a person who has achieved international acclaim yet finds continuing reward in sharing her time, thought, and skills with people young and old who themselves want to be the best they can be in dance.
We believe that the images of Ekaterina working with children – the one you see here and others below – tell a special truth about her. Those children look SO happy being with her, and she looks so happy being with THEM! It is especially impressive when dancers like Ekaterina share their knowledge with future generations. We greatly respect Ekaterina for her commitment to empower young people to be their best.
Ekaterina in performance with Universal Ballet
One final note: dancers in Universal Ballet where Ekaterina performs as soloist have described it as a place where they learn never to take a rehearsal for granted.
While the influence of traditional Russian dance pedagogy is apparent, interpreting a role becomes more a matter of discussion rather than the top-down my-way-or-the-highway direction typical of formalist classic ballet.
Another performance photo
Rehearsals are long; they are hard work; it may take two months before a planned performance even reaches the stage. In all, it is a great dance company for a remarkably talented performer-teacher-mentor as so many know Ekaterina Krasyuk to be.
And now you know her, too!
Turn your smartphone sideways to watch these videos in total full screen!
Kitri Variation from “Don Quixote”
Sugar Fairy Variation from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”
Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Chipollino, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Don Quixotte, Giselle, Romeo and Juliette, Silvia
Performance Examples: Contemporary Ballet and Modern Dance
Ballets Nacho Duato Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness, William Forsythe In the Middle, Sergey Ratmansky Concerto DSCH, George Balanchine Jewels (Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds),Symphony in C(3 part),Scotch Symphony, Jiri Kilian Petit Mort
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