Ballet/ Dance DIVISION
Yuliia Shevchenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She began her dance training at the age of five and continued her ballet studies at the Kiev State Ballet Academy. After graduation, she joined the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth in Kiev.Yullia worked throughout Europe as a professional ballet dancer. Her extensive contemporary, classical and character dance repertoire included: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Harlequinade, Romeo and Juliet, Sacred Spring, Pushkin, Casanova, Carmina Burana, Carmen, Four Seasons, Giselle, and Rasputin, in which she had leading and solo roles. In 2002, after giving birth to her daughter Nikita, she joined the Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada Following her extensive professional ballet career, Yuliia has dedicated her time to teaching and youth development. She has been a ballet teacher and choreographer at ballet schools and instructor and artistic consultant for rhythmic gymnastics groups in Europe and Canada. As well, she has offered ballet master classes, workshops and summer schools in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick.
Eldiyar joined Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada in 2012. Prior to coming to Canada he was dancing as a soloist with the prestigious Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg. He trained and graduated from the esteemed Kazakh National Academy of Arts and went on as a principal dancer with the National Academic Ballet of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Center of Contemporary Dance and the Crown of Russian Ballet Moscow. Eldiyar also has a degree in Teaching and Choreography from the National Academy of Art in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
A professional dancer of Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada since 2003, Yuriko Diyanova left a career as a classical soloist in Japan, to join Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada. A prizewinner at several ballet competitions, she has an extensive classical repertoire which includes principal and soloist roles. She has extensive teaching experience in ballet having taught professional classes Japan. A favorite with audiences wherever she dances, Yuriko earned critical notice for her performance as Merlin’s mother in the Company’s third original ballet of the same name. Other roles with the Company include: Marcelina in Figaro, “The Girlfriend” in Les Portes Tournantes, and Mozart’s first love in Amadeus. She dances as one of “The Ladies” in Don Juan, performs as a “Messenger” in King Lear and as Marcellina in Fidelio.
Born in Montreal, Stéphanie Audet began her training at l’École supérieure de Ballet du Québec. During her training, Stéphanie had the chance to perform the Balanchine repertory, as well as Swan Lake. She has also been involved in many contemporary new works. In the Company’s original production of PIAF by Igor Dobrovolskiy, she danced the part of Simone “Mômone” Berteaut. Stephanie has also performed in GHOSTS OF VIOLENCE and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada.
Trained at the Académie américaine de danse de Paris (AADP) in France. In 2007, Olga was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York. Subsequently, she joined Ballet Cymru in 2009, where she performed on national and international tours. She has also been involved in the creation and inception of many neoclassical and contemporary pieces. Olga joined Vienna Festival Ballet for one season in 2012. She also joined Les Ballets classiques de Paris in 2012 for their international tour.
English dancer Richard Read was a Principal Dancer, Artist and Choreographer of The English Youth Ballet 2013–17. His many roles for the Company included Siegfried (Swan Lake), Hilarion (Giselle), The Prince (The Nutcracker), Franz (Coppelia), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty) and Principal (Etudes). He has staged many dances for each ballet and been a frequent participant in their hospital charity outreach work.Richard was born in Watford, UK and trained at the Central School of Ballet School in London, achieving a BA(hons) Degree in Professional dance and Performance. He then subsequently danced with the Vienna Festival Ballet and Ballet Cymru being highly involved in the creation of various new works for the Company. In recent years he has shifted focus towards teaching and choreographing and he is thrilled to be joining the Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada School of Atlantic Ballet.