Yana Cherepanova, 16 years old, St. Petersburg

Yana Cherepanova, 16 years old, St. Petersburg

Yana first came to a ballet studio when she was barely four years old. Choreography classes turned out to be so exciting that Yana decided to enter a choreographic school. Recalling that time, Yana says: “I think it wasn’t serious at the very beginning because I was little. But later I fell into it and couldn’t stop.”

Yana considers Svetlana Zakharova the brightest artist of the present time; and from the past, she sincerely admires the talent of Ekaterina Maximova. When thinking about who of the stage partners she would like to do pas de deux with, names Sergei Polunin and Artem Ovcharenko without hesitation.

To allow the audience to see only the magic of dance on stage, you need to work hard and overcome yourself every day. Besides, a ballet dancer must be very flexible. And this is not all about your physique: the psychological ability to withstand any trouble is also very important. It was this quality that allowed Yana Cherepanova, after she was told at the Vaganova Academy that they didn’t see her on the theater stage, not to give up but to continue self-improvement. Today, Yana is a student at the Washington School of Ballet. Her teacher is Marianna Rozanova. For now, the classes are taught online, but Yana really hopes that soon she will have an opportunity to return to a real classroom.