Nadia Vostrikov

 


Get to know Nadia!

Q: How did your interest in ballet begin? When did this lead you to CPYB?
Well, I suppose it was fate. My parents were both dancers and teachers and are still current teachers at CPYB. As a child, I was always dancing in my room and "choreographing" to very dramatic classical music. After I finally  attended the CPYB summer program at age 13 (I would spend every summer in Carlisle but never joined the program), I finally realized that just dancing in my bedroom would not be enough to get me to ballet stardom. So, I joined CPYB at the age of 15 and am so thankful for everything I have learned.
 
Q: Do you have a special memory about Marcia that you would like to share?
 When I was a 16 I was cast in the "lead" for Mary Had a Little Lamb, a part of Marcia's Childhood Songs. Everyone else in my class was about 10 or 11 years old and I was a junior in high school but it made me so happy. I think I had maybe just a 16 count solo! Later on, maybe a year or two later, they were re-casting it and I remember her saying "no one did it like Nadia" and I just felt so special and proud again. It really made me appreciate every tiny, little role I have had since then. Because it really doesn't matter what you are cast in, as long as you do it with love and pride. Even a tiny 16 count solo can make a difference!
 
Q: So, where are you now? What does a day in your life look like today?
 Now, I am "retired" and working in digital marketing. Basically, ads and websites. (I really think this whole internet thing is going to catch on.) I work about 8-10 hours a day, 5 days a week, and I sleep all weekend. I still go to class occasionally and I am always attending shows. I miss ballet deeply, but it's fun to do something different too.
 
Q: What did you learn during your time at CPYB that you still use in your daily career/life?
 I learned so much at CPYB! Friendship, competition, work ethic, persistence, and so much more. I joined the agency that I am currently with as an intern. I didn't even know how to use my Outlook email when I started! With zero experience, I relied on what I  knew. Practice makes perfect. I think that is one of the most influential things I learned at CPYB. I have heard so many people say "dancers make the best employees". I stayed late, studied on the weekends, wrote everything down, and constantly tried to view my work through an outside lens. That's another thing that I learned. Self-awareness. Dancers learn how to have a critical eye and correct themselves. And lastly, the message that "it's never to late to learn". Marcia and the other teachers instill this by having the babies doing the same basic steps as the advanced class. We all do the same plies and tendu combinations at the beginning of class. It has humbled me and taught me that no one is outside of the spectrum of learning.
 
Q: What words of wisdom would you share with current students?
Enjoy the moment. A dancer's career is so short. Savor every minute of it.
Don't get caught up in the politics and the drama.
Encourage yourself and be nice to yourself.
Take photos and videos of your dancing. You'll want them later on.
And lastly, don't take it too seriously. Falling on your butt is part of it. It's just dancing after all!