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Born in Ukraine, Irina is an acclaimed performing artist of folk, ballet and character dance. After training in Lvov, Ukraine, Irina studied folk and character dance under Mikhail Krichevets, People's Artist of the USSR. She also studied with Mr. M. Vantukh, the current artistic director at National Ukrainian Dance company "Virsky." After immigrating to the United States in her late teen years, Irina later trained with Mesdemoiselles Galina and Rona Ryback, both esteemed former teachers and choreographers at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Irina performed and traveled in the former Soviet Union and in many countries of eastern Europe including Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and East Germany.

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, countless talented ballet and folk dancers from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia started coming to the United States looking for dance opportunities so they could pursue their professional and artistic dreams.  They found their home under the roof of Brighton Ballet Theater thanks to Irina's vision of giving dancers a chance to pursue the American dream. 

With the financial backing of family members, Irina started the company in 1991.








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