Reverence: Luminous and Lyrical

Irina Dvorovenko has built a glowing career on hard work and passion.
Published in the April/May 2013 issue.

Reigning swan queen: Dvorovenko as Odette, a signature role. Photo by Gene Schiavone.

How is dancing with your husband, Maxim Beloserkovsky, different from dancing with another partner?
There is silent language between us. If I improvise without letting him know, he’ll come with me. It’s something that you cannot rehearse in the studio.

What do you do together on your days off?
We get massages and spend time with our 8-year-old, Emma. We giggle, swim, play tennis. I cook fish or chicken or some sweets and Emma likes to help me.

You’re the daughter of two dancers. Does that have special challenges?

My mother, father and me, all of us have strong personalities, and we’re very emotional. They have suggestions, but I’m extremely critical of myself. I wish I could learn to have a bigger ego and love myself more.

Is there anything you always do before performing?
I drink coconut water. At school, they prohibited us from drinking water during class because they said it made our muscles weak. So I don’t have that habit, but when you’re working hard, your muscles need hydration.

You have the greatest clothes. Who is your fashion icon?

My mother. When I was growing up, she always looked glamorous. I like to project strength and sensuality in my clothes. My husband also helps me with my style—he appreciates high heels.

We’ve heard you’re a painter.

My father taught me how to paint. I’ve done some sunsets, a self-portrait and also my mom’s portrait. I’d like to teach Emma to paint; it takes the stress out.

You’re giving your farewell ABT performance in May. What’s been your biggest achievement?

First, to be a mom. Then, I’m proud I came from a different country without any hesitation or help. I became a principal at one of the best companies in the world with just my talent, strength, and passion, and danced almost every role I desired. I became the ballerina of my dreams.