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The 2017-2018 Season as Seen by Anya, Demi-Soloist
April 23, 2018
Ballerina Anya Nesvitaylo, Les Grands Ballets' dancer

The 2017-18 Les Grands Ballets season brought me many special moments, which are really dear to my heart. I want to share some of them with you, so you get to know a little more about how dance helps us find ourselves, find peace in life and live through tough times.

I will start with the first program of the season: Stabat Mater. Here I am onstage as the Virgin Mary walking towards the grave of my son Jesus in the last scene of the ballet. To be honest, that specific moment was very emotional every time I danced it. My sister died 9 years ago and I couldn't be at her funeral. It was the hardest thing my family had to go through. Every time I was on stage, standing there on that bench, knowing what was coming up, I felt like I was walking toward my sister's grave: it was heartbreaking for me. I think a lot of dancers can relate to this. The stage helps us heal our souls.

Next was The Nutcracker . I had the great opportunity to perform The Sugar Plum Fairy this season. The most amazing moment for me (as silly as it sounds) was the beginning of the Pas de deux. Taking the first step towards my partner, feeling his supporting hand, looking to the audience, feeling the bright warm lights on me, the music filling my heart with magical feelings and joy... I think, for all of us dancers, there is no Christmas spirit without the traditional marathon of Nutcrackers. It is demanding and exhausting, but worth it in the end.

Next came The Firebird. When Bridget Breiner was creating this moment in the studio, I knew I would be able to fly there. That moment of freedom for me was so powerful.

Coming up next is Vendetta, and I cannot wait!

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Photoshoot with Dancer Anya Nesvitaylo
April 23, 2018
Grands Ballets dancer Anya Nesvitaylo in a photoshoot at Édifice Wilder Espace danse