Irina Dvorovenko

Principal Artist

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Irina Dvorovenko began her ballet training at the age of 10 at the Kiev Ballet School. She joined the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Kiev in 1990 as a soloist, rising to the rank of principal dancer in 1992. Her repertoire with that company included Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the title roles in Cinderella andPaquita, Kitri, the Queen of the Driads, and Mercedes inDon Quixote, Giselle and Myrta in Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile inSwan Lake and the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. She also danced the pas de deux Le Corsaire and Diana and Acteon.

Dvorovenko's awards include a Gold Medal and the “Anna Pavlova” Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow (1992), the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition Serge Lifar in the Ukraine (1994), a Diploma and the Grand Prix in the Junior Division of the Ukraine Ballet Competition (1987), a Diploma in the Junior Division of the Moscow Ballet Competition (1988), a Silver Medal at the Jackson International Ballet Competition (1990), and a Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Osaka, Japan (1991).

Dvorovenko joined American Ballet Theatre in August 1996 and was promoted to Soloist in 1997 and Principal Dancer in August 2000. Her repertoire with the Company includes Terpsichore and Polyhymnia in Apollo, Mathilda Kchessinska and the Tsarina in Anastasia, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the second movement in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, the title role in Ben Stevenson'sCinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, Medora in Le Corsaire, Kitri and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Giselle, Myrta and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Grand Pas Classique, His Memory in HereAfter, Hanna Glawari and Valencienne in The Merry Widow, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Operetta Star in Offenbach in the Underworld, Tatiana in Onegin, the Paquita pas de deux, Cerrito and Taglioni in Pas des Déesses, the Siren inProdigal Son, Raymonda in Raymonda, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Coupava in The Snow Maiden, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, the first and second movements inSymphony in C, the Sylvia Pas de Deux, Katherina inThe Taming of the Shrew, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, leading roles in Études, In The Upper Room, Petite Mort,Les Sylphides and Without Words and a featured role inPush Comes to Shove. She created a leading role in The Brahms/Haydn Variations.

Dvorovenko is married to ABT Principal Dancer Maxim Beloserkovsky and they are the parents of a girl, Emma Galina.

Irina and Maxim's website