ABT's Newest Principal Veronika Part

Published in the August/September 2009 issue.

After seven years as a soloist with Amer­ican Ballet Theatre, Veronika Part was promoted to principal dancer in May. The former Kirov Ballet dancer has been the subject of much critical debate, inspiring conflicting reviews. “I feel very honored and blessed that my hard work has been recognized,” Part says. “I know that I have to work even harder now to reach the level of artistry and individuality that the dancers of previous generations have inspired in me.” Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Part left the Kirov in 2002 to join ABT as a soloist.