Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Oxana Skorik (Rus. Оксана Скорик) and Filipp Stepin (Rus. Филипп Стёпин), music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography by George Balanchine. Shot at closing of the XVI International Ballet Festival Ballet Gala on 10.4.2016 in Mariinsky Theatre, New stage.
Oksana Skorik (Rus. Оксана Скорик) is currently Prima Ballerina with Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg. She was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine on April 20, 1989. It was decided by her mother that she was going to be a ballet dancer ever since she was born, and when Oksana became 5 years old, her mother took her to Kharkiv choreographic school. At age of 12 Perm School of Dance talent seekers found her and invited to Perm. Oksana graduated from Perm School of Dance six years later in 2007 at the age of 18 and joined the Mariinsky Ballet as a coryphée the same year. She was promoted to first soloist in 2012, in Sept 2015 Skorik was promoted to principal ballerina of Mariinsky.
Philipp Stepin (Rus. Филипп Стёпин) is first soloist with Mariinsky Theatre. He was born in Leningrad (St Petersburg). He is graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2005 (class of Boris Bregvadze). Joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2005; soloist since 2009.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Mariinsky Theatre, special thanks to Ekaterina Ordovskaya.