Christine Shevchenko, principal

Christine Shevchenko joined ABT’s Corps de Ballet in 2008 and became a Soloist in 2014. She has performed in the roles of Polyhymnia in Apollo, Summer in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, and the pas de trois and the Italian Princess in Swan Lake. She created roles in Principal Dancer, Marcelo Gomes’ acclaimed AfterEffect, Benjamin Millepeid’s Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, and Demis Volpi’s Private Light. The youngest recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 2003, she also received the Gold Medal Title of Laureate at the Moscow International Ballet Competition, and won a Bronze Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, the George Zoritch of Ballet Russe Award for Talent Recognition, and the Margaret King Moore Dance Award. With support from the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship Fund, Christine focused on acting taking classes and learning the Meisner technique.  She traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to work the world-renowned Mariinsky Ballet, and she took classes at the Paris Opera Ballet and the Mariinsky Ballet, which she describes as “a lifelong dream.”  Christine is secure in her commitment to ballet, and she is passionate about her work: “You have to find that thing that you love, and if you are 100% sure that it is what you want to do, then you have to go for it all the way and work hard for it.”

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