Meet Sasha York

Originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, Sasha York is a founding member of the company and a key member of Ballet Nebraska. He regularly dances lead, soloist and featured roles in the company’s productions.

Originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, Sasha began his classical ballet training at the Paavola School of Dance in Flint, Michigan. He later returned to Russia to train directly under master teacher Urey Urivich. After coming back to the United States, Sasha entered a pre-professional ballet program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. During his time in Pittsburgh, Sasha performed in company productions of Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. Sasha has worked with many well-known choreographers such as Harrison McEldowney, Viktor Plotnikov and Septime Webre.

Sasha York as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What do you like to do for fun?
After a long day of rehearsal, I like to watch a good movie or cook Russian dishes. I also really enjoy working on my car and helping some of the other dancers work on their cars. When I get enough time off from work, I love to visit my family in Michigan – especially my little brother. When we don’t get a chance to visit for a while, my brother and I play Magic Cards over Skype.

What is your favorite role, and why?
One of my favorite roles of all time was dancing the Vivaldi pas de deux with the amazing Maribel Modrono, former Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Miami City Ballet principal dancer. It was an honor to dance with such an amazing ballerina. The experience really helped me to grow as a dancer and an artist. Another of my favorite roles is Harrison McEldowney’s Call It Off.  It is one of the few ballets where I get to talk! Every single performance of that dance is different. It’s  just a really fun piece.

York performs in Erika Overturff’s Feeling Good (Ballet Nebraska 2010)

Have you ever had an injury? How did you deal with it?
I had knee surgery a few seasons ago. I got a really bad infection so my knee had to be cut open and cleaned out. The doctor and our company’s physical therapist took really good care of me. I had to rest a lot, which was really hard for me to do. I had to stay on the couch for two weeks! When Dracula rehearsals started, I just had to come back slowly. Now I am doing great!

Tell us about some interesting places you’ve been.
I often get to go to lots of interesting places, but one place I really love to visit is Las Vegas. I’ve also enjoyed traveling to the Mammoth caves in Kentucky and many great festivals in Wisconsin.

Do you have a favorite food?
Russian candy!!

What part of the ballet season are you looking forward to the most?
I love working with guest choreographers and learning new roles .I also love working with our company onr repertory, learning new roles and revamping familiar ones.