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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 Nikiya in La Bayadère; the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote; Myrta, Moyna, and Zulma 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.
Part was the winner of the BALTIKA Prize in 1999.
Part joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in August 2002. Her roles with the Company include Terpsichore in Apollo, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Zina in The Bright Stream, Twig in Cinderella, Prayer in Coppélia, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Mercedes and the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, Myrta in Giselle, An Episode in His Past in Jardin aux Lilas, leading roles in Ballet Imperial, The Leaves Art Fading, and Mozartiana, Manon in Lady of the Camellias, the Sugar Plum Fairy in Kevin McKenzie’s The Nutcracker, Clara in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Other Dances, the Chief Nursemaid in Petrushka, Eldest Sister in Pillar of Fire, the Polovtsian Princess in the Polovtsian Dances, Raymonda, Henrietta, the White Lady and the Lead Spanish Dancer in Raymonda, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile and the Polish Princess in Swan Lake, the Sylph in La Sylphide, the leading role in Les Sylphides and Symphonie Concertante, Terpsichore in Sylvia, the second movement in Symphony in C, and The Awakening Pas de Deux. She has also danced roles in Birthday Offering, The Brahms/Haydn Variations, Duets, The Garden of Villandry, and Overgrown Path. She created Natalia in On the Dnieper and leading roles in Dumbarton, Kaleidoscope, and Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.
Part was promoted to Principal in May 2009.