A bit of ballet magic right out of many young dancers’ dreams recently occurred on the stage of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. During the final curtain call of a performance of Raymonda by the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Mariinsky Acting Ballet Director Yury Fateev called Oxana Skorik, who had just danced the title role, to join him at the front of the stage. Mr. Fateev announced to her, the audience, and the company that she was being promoted to the designation of prima ballerina with the company. This was on the occasion of Ms. Skorik’s first performance in the Mariinsky’s season, which also opened Segerstrom Center’s 2015 - 2016 International Dance Series. Prima ballerina is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a ballerina by a ballet company. It was a thrilling and rare moment for audiences and, certainly, Ms. Skorik.
Oxana Skorik is also the recipient of the Léonide Massine International Prize For the Art of Dance (2014), the Spirit of Dance prize in the category “Rising Star” (2012) and second prize winner at the XXII International Ballet Dancers’ and Choreographers’ Competition in Moscow ((2013). The Ukranian ballerina graduated from the Perm School of Dance in 2007 and joined the Mariinsky Ballet the same year. Her repertoire also includes La Sylphide (Sylph), the title role in Giselle, La Bayadère (Nikia), The Sleeping Beauty (Lila Fairy, Princess Florine), Swan Lake (Odette-Odile), Le Corsaire (Medora), Don Quixote (Kitri, Queen of the Dryads), The Nutcracker (Masha), Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Symphony in C, Jewels, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Piano Concerto No 2 and Ballet Imperial, Alexei Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina, Yuri Grigorovich’s The Legend of Loveand Wayne McGregor’s Ifra.