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Nutcracker, Dying Swan featured at Newsmaker event

December 17, 2012 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Award-winning ballerina Olga Kifyak performs at an NPC Newsmaker Dec. 14.

Award-winning ballerina Olga Kifyak performs at an NPC Newsmaker Dec. 14.

Photo/Image: Marshall H. Cohen

Moscow Ballet Prima Ballerina Ukrainian Olga Kifyak and colleagues danced and played selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" and The Dying Swan from St. Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" at an NPC Newsmaker Dec. 14.

For the Nutcraker number, ballerina Kifyak was partnered with dancer Victor Sherbakov.
For The Dying Swan, she was musically accompanied by 16-year-old Russian Fedor Oukspensky, a high school student in Northern Virginia, who himself was accompanied on the piano by his mother.

After the Nutcracker and the Swan, the artists took questions from the audience about the business of ballet.