An Inspired Performance
Veronica Part – Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

An Inspired Performance

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Veronika Part, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, discusses her motivation and source of inspiration for performing.

"The most important thing on stage is spontaneity"
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1978, Veronika Part began her early training in artistic gymnastics before entering the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1988. Part graduated in 1996 and joined the Kirov Ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 1998. Part's repertoire with the Kirov included many principal roles, including Nikiya in La Bayadère, the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, Moyna and Zulma in in Giselle, Raymonda and Henrietta in Raymonda, the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She also danced roles in George Balanchine's Apollo (Terpsichore), Jewels (Emeralds and Diamonds), Symphony in C (second movement) and Serenade, and in John Neumeier's The Sounds of Empty Pages. Ms. Part was the winner of the BALTIKA Prize in 1999. In 2002 Ms. Part joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist and in 2009 was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer. Ms. Part has danced most all of the major leading roles in Ballet Theatre’s repertoire.

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