7/3/2017 - Veronika Part, a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre since 2009, will retire from the Company on the final day of the 2017 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. For her farewell performance, Part will dance the Preghiera in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana opposite Blaine Hoven and Arron Scott on Saturday, July 8 at 2:00PM.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Veronika Part began her early training in artistic gymnastics before entering the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1988. Part graduated in 1996 and joined the Kirov Ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 1998. Her repertoire with the Kirov included Nikiya in La Bayadère, the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, Myrta, Moyna and Zulma in in Giselle, Raymonda and Henrietta in Raymonda, the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She also danced roles in Balanchine’s Apollo (Terpsichore), Jewels (Emeralds and Diamonds), Symphony in C (second movement) and Serenade, and in John Neumeier's The Sounds of Empty Pages. She was the winner of the BALTIKA Prize in 1999.
Part joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in August 2002 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in May 2009. Her roles with the Company include Terpsichore in Apollo, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Zina in The Bright Stream, the Fairy Godmother in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, Twig in James Kudelka's Cinderella, Prayer in Coppélia, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Kitri, Mercedes and the Queen of the Driads in Don Quixote, the Glove Seller in Gaîté Parisienne, Myrta in Giselle, Queen of Shemakhan in The Golden Cockerel, An Episode in His Past in Jardin aux Lilas, Manon in Lady of the Camellias, Lescaut's Mistress in Manon, His Wife in The Moor's Pavane, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in Kevin McKenzie's The Nutcracker, Clara, the Princess in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Emilia in Othello, Other Dances, the Chief Nursemaid in Petrouchka, Eldest Sister in Pillar of Fire, the Polovtsian Princess in the Polovtsian Dances, the Siren in Prodigal Son, Raymonda, Henrietta, the White Lady and the Lead Spanish Dancer in Raymonda, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Sylvia and Terpsichore in Sylvia, the leading roles in Les Sylphides, Symphonie Concertante, Ballet Imperial, The Leaves Are Fading, Mozartiana, Symphony in C, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Duets, The Garden of Villandry, Overgrown Path, Seven Sonatas and Symphony #9. She created Natalia in On the Dnieper, the Blue Pas de Deux, leading roles in Bach Partita, Kaleidoscope, Monotones II and Triptych and featured roles in Dumbarton, Sinfonietta and Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.
American Ballet Theatre’s Spring 2017 at the Metropolitan Opera House continues through July 8. Tickets are available online, at the Met box office or by phone at 212-362-6000. The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City. For more information, visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org.