Kateryna Derechyna of Ukraine is in her 13th season with The Washington Ballet. She trained and graduated from the Odessa Ballet Academy under Elvira Karavaeva where she performed at the Odessa Ballet Opera house. Derechyna has participated and won first place in The International Competition in Kyiv and Youth America Grand Prix. After performing in the Youth American Grand Prix she was awarded a full scholarship to the Harid Conservatory. Upon graduation from Harid, she danced for the Columbia Classical Ballet, Carolina Dance Theatre, and Grand Rapids Ballet Company before joining The Washington Ballet Company in 2012.Derechyna’s repertoire includes principal and soloist roles in Julie Kent and Victor Barbee’s The Sleeping Beauty, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Giselle, Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake, Frederick Ashton’s Birthday Offering, Antony Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas, Paul Taylor’s Company B. She has performed principal roles in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Who Cares?, Valse Fantaisie, Serenade, Theme, and Variations along with contemporary works by Septime Webre, Twyla Tharp, Trey Mclntyre, Christopher Wheeldon, Olivier Wevers, Jiří Kylián, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Lew Christiansen, Christopher Bruce, Val Caniparoli, Amy Seiwert, and Edwaard Liang among others. Throughout her career, she has been featured in numerous articles in Dance Magazine and Point Magazine. In addition to her work as a dancer, Derechyna teaches ballet at schools in the surrounding area and is a certified pilates instructor.
Get to Know Kateryna!
What activities or hobbies do you do outside of dancing?
I enjoy teaching Pilates on my free days as well as taking my two Corgis for long walks in the Rock Creak park. Also, one of my passions for cooking, when I get a chance I love to try new recipes.
What is your favorite ballet step? What is your least favorite ballet step?
My favorite step is Gargouillade and Reverence. Not so favorite step would have to be hops in point
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