Ian Szkolak and Chloe Choroszewski perform with the Royal City Youth Ballet in its 26th production of The Nutcracker at the Cowichan Theatre on Friday, Dec. 19 (7 pm) and Saturday, Dec. 20 (1 pm).

Ian Szkolak and Chloe Choroszewski perform with the Royal City Youth Ballet in its 26th production of The Nutcracker at the Cowichan Theatre on Friday, Dec. 19 (7 pm) and Saturday, Dec. 20 (1 pm).

Victoria dancer performs with Royal City Youth Ballet

Cowichan Theatre welcomes young performers in Nutcracker ballet

Local Victoria dancer Ian Szkolak will be a guest artist performing with the Royal City Youth Ballet in its 26th production of The Nutcracker at the Cowichan Theatre on Dec. 19  and 20.

Born and raised in Toronto, Szkolak began training at age 10 with Nadia Veselova-Tencer and finished his studies at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Highlights of his career include performing the Slave Monger from Le Corsaire. He is now working at Ballet Étoile in Victoria. This is Ian’s second time guesting with the RCYB.

This is Chloe Choroszewski’s seventh year performing in the Nutcracker with the Royal City Youth Ballet. Choroszewski has 10 years of ballet training and has attended summer training programs with the American Ballet Theatre, Royal Academy of Dance, Joffrey Ballet School and the Bolshoi Ballet. She is currently training to take the RAD Solo Seal, the highest level of examinations from the Royal Academy of Dance.

Her roles in this year’s Nutcracker include Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Rose.

For tickets and more information, call 250-748-7529 or go to cowichantheatre.ca.

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