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Ballet Master of Columbia Classical Ballet
Originally from the Ukraine, Oleksandr Vykhrest studied classical ballet and graduated from the Ballet Academy of Ukraine in 2001. He was in the class of Vladimir Denisenko, under the direction of Tatiana Taiakina. From 2001 through 2002, he was a soloist with Classical Ballet of Kiev under the direction of Valeriy Koftun where he danced principal roles from La Bayadere, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet. In 2002, he joined the Donetsk Ballet Company under the direction of Vadim Pisarev. While with the Donetsk Ballet Company he toured Japan, United States, China, Greece, Bulgaria, and Levon.
Radenko Pavlovich, a native of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, began his ballet training at the age of eight, after being selected by Yugoslavian officials for his apparent potential.
He was sent to Sarajevo Opera Ballet School, where he quickly advanced to the top of his class, earning him the privilege to attend the prestigious Vaganova Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. In his final year, Mr. Pavlovich decided to broaden his horizons. He gained acceptance, and a full scholarship, to attend the Royal Ballet School in London, England, becoming the only foreign student in a highly elite graduating class.
Now at the beginning of his professional career, Mr. Pavlovich was distinctive for his striking talent and artistic ability.Grand Ballet Master, Rudolf Nureyev, noticed him immediately, and went on to coach him personally in matters of technique and character. Mr. Pavlovich went on to earn highest honors at the Balkan Ballet Competition under Mr. Nureyev’s tutelage.
Mr. Pavlovich began dancing with the Austrian National Ballet. He became a soloist with the Croatian National Theatre of Yugoslavia and London Festival Ballet, and later became a principal with the Munich State Opera Ballet, Ballet Casa Della Cultura in Equador, and Atlanta Ballet. After retirement, Mr. Pavlovich relocated to Columbia, where he opened the Pavlovich Dance School in Forest Acres. He discovered the need for a sophisticated classical ballet company in the area, so he responded by founding Columbia Classical Ballet.
The company, from its inception, has been comprised of the highest-caliber dancers, qualifying Columbia Classical ballet as one of the most distinctive and reputable companies of its size. Company members have earned accolades at national and international competitions, and have danced as guests and residing artists throughout the world.
Teacher/Principal Dancer of Columbia Classical Ballet
SeHyun Jin, a native of South Korea, trained at Daejoan Art High School in South Korea. She was later accepted to Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC on Artistic and Academic Scholarship. After her graduation, she joined Milwaukee Ballet Company II and also trained at the Kennedy Center Master Class Series.
With her impeccable technique, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters at the Kennedy Center. She won 3rd place at the Korea International Ballet Competition and was one of the finalists at the Seoul International Dance Competition. In 2015, SeHyun received the Silver Medal for her outstanding performance at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. Her repertoires include La Bayadere, Paquita, Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Serenade, Raymonda, La Corsaire, Esmeralda, and many more.
His principal roles include The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Chipolina, Per Gunt, Don Quixote and Spartacus. Oleksandr joined Sarasota Ballet of Florida in January of 2005 until 2008 as a Soloist. He has danced Soloist roles in Robert de Warren’s Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Carmina Burana, Catasan, La Buetic Fantastic, Diana and Actacon, Firebird, Othello, The Nutcracker and Coppelia. Mr. Vykhrest has been a member of Columbia Classical Ballet since 2008.