Irina Dvorovenko

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Irina Dvorovenko
Irina Vladimirovna Dvorovenko

(1973-08-28)28 August 1973[1]
Occupationballet dancer
Years active1990–2013[3] (dancer) 2014–present (actress)
Spouse(s)Maxim Beloserkovsky
Current groupAmerican Ballet Theatre
Former groupsNational Opera and Ballet Theatre of Kiev

Irina Vladimirovna Dvorovenko (Ukrainian: Ірина Володимирівна Дворовенко; Russian: Ирина Владимировна Дворовенко; born 28 August 1973) is a Ukrainian American actress and former principal ballet dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in New York.

Early life[edit]

Dvorovenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine during the Soviet period.[4] She 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 and Paquita, Kitri, the Queen of the Driads and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Giselle and Myrta in Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She also danced the pas de deux Le Corsaire, Diana and Acteon, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.

Dvorovenko joined American Ballet Theatre in August 1996 and was promoted to soloist in 1997 and principal dancer in August 2000.[5] Her repertoire with the Company includes Mathilda Kchessinska and the Tsarina in Anastasia, Gamzatti and a Shade in La Bayadère, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, Medora in Le Corsaire, Kitri and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Myrta and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Cerrito in Pas des Déesses, the Siren in Prodigal Son, Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet, the Fairies of Benevolence and Temperament, the Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Coupava in The Snow Maiden, the pas de trois and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, leading roles in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, and Études and a featured role in Push Comes to Shove. She created a leading role in The Brahms-Haydn Variations.

She gave her final performance with ABT on May 18, 2013.[3] In May, she made her Broadway debut as Vera Baronova in the Encores! production of "On Your Toes" at NY City Center.[6][7]

In March 2018 she returned to Encores! as Elizaveta Grushinskaya in "Grand Hotel" followed by her dramatic debut in the Susan Stroman/John Kander play-with-music "The Beast in the Jungle" at the Vineyard Theater where she starred as May Bartam.

She has appeared in the television series Forever, Flesh and Bone,[8][9] The Blacklist, Power, and The Americans.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Dvorovenko is married to Maxim Beloserkovsky, a fellow ABT principal dancer.[4] They have a daughter, Emma Galina, born in 2005.[2]


  • Gold Medal and the "Anna Pavlova" Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1992
  • Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition Serge Lifar in Ukraine in 1994
  • Diploma and the Grand Prix in the Junior Division of Ukraine Ballet Competition in 1987
  • Diploma in the Junior Division of the Moscow Ballet Competition in 1988
  • Silver Medal at the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 1990
  • Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Osaka, Japan in 1991.


  1. ^ "ДВОРОВЕ́НКО Ірина Володимирівна". Encyclopedia of Modern Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Kinetz, Erika (April 10, 2005). "Belly Dancing". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Dance Listings for May 17–23". The New York Times. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Wakin, Daniel (22 January 2013). "Irina Dvorovenko, Principal Dancer, to Retire From American Ballet Theater". New York Times. New York, United States. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Dancers: Principals: Irina Dvorovenko". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  6. ^ "Ballerina Irina Dvorovenko talks about American Ballet Theatre and On Your Toes". Time Out New York. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  7. ^ Kourlas, Gia (2013-12-13). "Scene Stealers: Irina Dvorovenko, Lauren Lovette and Meg Stuart". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  8. ^ "Dark Arts: Inside the New Dance Drama 'Flesh and Bone'". Newsweek. 2015-11-07. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  9. ^ Blake, Meredith (2015-11-06). "To capture dark world of dance, 'Flesh and Bone' used pro dancers and a 'Breaking Bad' writer". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  10. ^ Kourlas, Gia (2017-04-26). "I Don't Miss 'Swan Lake': A Ballerina's Role on 'The Americans'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-26.

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