Bio: Roxana Chacon Olesijuk
Roxana's early training came from Vladimir Marek, former soloist with the Kirov Ballet (now the Maryinsky) in St. Petersberg, Russia. From age 12 to 15 Roxana studied with the legendary artist and teacher Stanley Holden of Englands Royal Ballet of, Ballet Russe's Principal Tatiana Riabouchinska (aka Tania Lichine), and Irina Kosmovska, a former soloist of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and long standing Summer Intensive teacher at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet in New York, where she was known internationally for her excellent pointe classes. At age 16, having been on scholarship at School of American Ballet, Roxana became a professional with American Ballet Theatre II, and was one of the youngest dancers ever to be on the payroll of American Ballet Theatre. While in New York she also studied with Chinko Rafique, who was hand-picked by the undisputed Master, Alexander Pushkin to study under him at the Vaganova Institute in St. Petersburg. Mr. Rafique remains one of Roxana's favorite and most influential teachers, along with Olga Kostritsky who now teaches at the School of American Ballet. Her other teachers included Melissa Hayden and Violette Verdy, both principals of New York City Ballet. Roxana credits all these great artists for her technical and artistic capabilities which resulted in her 15 year dance career. Following ABT, her career included the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Eugene Ballet (Principal Dancer), Los Angeles Classical Ballet (Principal Dancer), Long Beach Ballet (Principal Dancer), and the Long Island Ballet, directed by the Russian Ballerina, Kaleria Fedicheva. Roxanna has toured extensively, enthusiastically soaking up knowledge of several cultures. At age 34 Roxana went to college, majoring in Philosophy at UC Berkely. After pouring over and pondering the ideas of the great Philosophers from Aristotle to Sartre, Roxana has come to one conclusion: Want to know the meaning of life? Just Dance! Teaching is her passion now, and she feels very fortunate to pass on the incredible knowledge of her various teachers to her young students and her adult dancers at LABA. She is also very proud to work alongside such a distinguished, talented, and passionate array of teachers at LABA. Above all, Roxana thanks her mother, Elvira, for exposing her to such an incredible art form and encouraging her every step along the way.