A fabulous weekend with Mykhailo Shcherbakov!

On October 6th, 2019, Mykahilo Scherbakov, Soloist with Moscow Ballet, held a master class at Ballet Academy of Charleston for intermediate to advanced adults and teenagers.

Mr. Shcherbakov was in Charleston to direct an audition for Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” to be performed at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on December 21st, 2019 (at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.).

Mykhailo was born in Pugachov, Russia and moved to Kiev at just ten years old to start studying ballet at the Kiev Choreographic College. While in school, he participated in many ballet competitions, including the famous Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition and the International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers in Moscow. In 2008, Mykhailo was invited to join the Kiev Municipal Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth. A year later he became a Principal Dancer at the theater and has participated in every performance since he started working there.

He began studying at National Pedagogical Dragomanov University in 2010 and graduated in just two years with a degree in teaching. Mykhailo has traveled all over the world performing with a few ballet companies. He has performed in multiple countries including Japan, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and France. Mykhailo joined Moscow Ballet in 2016 and performs in the Great Russian Nutcracker as Brother Fritz, the French Variation, and the Nutcracker Doll.

We greatly appreciate Mr. Shcerbakov’s contribution to our school and traveling all this way to set the student’s choreography for “The Great Russian Nutcracker”!

Master Class with Elena Pedan

A master class taught by Elena Pedan, soloist with the Moscow Ballet, was held at our BAC studio on October 9, 2017.

Elena is also the Auditions Director for “The Great Russian Nutcracker”, and was here in Charleston conducting the audition for the 2017 production held at our studio in West Ashley the previous Saturday.  A production in which many of our own students will take a part on December 9, 2017 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. *

Ms. Pedan was born in Dnipropretrovsk, Ukraine.  Realizing her love of the stage through winning a school beauty contest, she began studying ballet at the age of 9 at the Dnepropetrovsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theater.  After graduating in 2006, she entered the Dnepropetrovsk Theater and Art College where she studied for 4 years.  She later received a Master’s Degree with the International Slavic University at the Faculty of Choreography and Directing while dancing professionally with the dance company associated with the school of her youth.  Elena also has taught at this same studio where she originally began her training and career.  This year marks her first traveling with the Moscow Ballet throughout America in the unique capacity as Soloist and Auditions Director.  Additionally, Ms. Pedan tours internationally as a guest artist with ballet companies in Europe and Asia.

Our students, as well as some visiting students, were thrilled to experience this rare opportunity to benefit from Ms. Pedan’s knowledge and experience.  Ms. Pedan’s class was challenging yet interesting.  This is just one of many master classes we offer throughout the year to students in the area.  We are thankful to Ms. Pedan and wholeheartedly look forward to her coming again!

*For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit their website at http://www.nutcracker.com/your-city/get-tickets/north-charleston

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