Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 6:00pm
3865 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida 32935
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake
Brevard Ballet Youth Company
Elena Shokhina, Artistic Director
Elena Shokhina and Joanna Hoke, Costume Design
Swan Lake returns with the biggest production cast yet! This inaugural collaborative performance presented by the Brevard Ballet Youth Company and your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra bring the matchless beauty of Swan Lake to the stage at The King Center. Staged by Artistic Director, Elena Shokhina to Tchaikovsky's powerful score, over one hundred dancers will grace the stage, to tell the triumphant story. Swan Lake is a timeless masterpiece of classical ballet, featuring a moonlit lake, swan maidens, and true love. Accompanied by one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous and memorable scores, Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried’s love for Odette, a beautiful princess turned into a swan by a sorcerer’s curse. Live orchestral music, elegant costumes, an unparalleled setting and aspiring talent all come together for a Swan Lake that is sure to enchant audiences of all ages with its story, beauty, and splendor. This is an experience not to be missed!
*Season passes or flex tickets will not be accepted for this special concert.
Elena is the cofounder and Artistic Director of Brevard Ballet Youth Company, as well as the Academy Director of Brevard Ballet Academy. She is a graduate of the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Upon graduating she earned the position of principal dancer for the St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre, and later the St. Petersburg Ballet (Russia) which is comprised mostly of Vaganova graduates. She spent eight years performing all over the world at the most prestigious theatres before moving to the United States and earning the title of principal dancer with Nevada Ballet Theatre. Elena is known for her loyalty, incredible discipline, and for her vast repertoire including lead roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere, Paquita, and many others. During her tenure as a principal dancer, Elena had the honor of working with esteemed choreographers Val Caniparoli, Bruce Steivel, Peter Anastos, Mark Diamond, and others. Upon retirement as a professional dancer she discovered her passion for teaching classical ballet. Elena has been teaching since 2008 and opened Brevard Ballet Academy in 2014.
In 2015, Elena was interviewed by Florida Today where she laid out her vision to grow her faculty, her facilities, and her student base to support a youth company. In 2018, after growing her student enrollment to nearly 200 students, her faculty to nine professional teachers, and her facility to 5,000 square feet, her hard work paid off when she cofounded the Brevard Ballet Youth Company with her husband. Elena had the vision and experience to produce several magnificent full-length ballet productions, to include Cinderella, Swan Lake, the Nutcracker Ballet, and My Christmas Dream (which she wrote and choreographed).