Violetta Komyshan

NYC resident Violetta Komyshan always knew she wanted to dance but her mother, from the Ukraine, didn’t know where to send her. Nevertheless, dance fell into her life by chance when Eliot Feld’s school and company were auditioning students at her tiny public school in Brooklyn.

Violetta was chosen at age 11 to train free in Manhattan in a building shared with American Ballet Theatre. After graduating from that program, she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia high school as a dance major. She did summer intensives with companies throughout the U.S.A., but the one most memorable to her was a month training at the American Academie of Dance in Paris and at Paris Opera Ballet — with one of her idols, Violette Verdy. BalletNext is her first tenure as member of a professional company.