Ballet Dancers Fleeing Ukraine Rubble Find Bucharest Stage

It is nice to see that Ukrainian dancers have also been able to flee their country in time to show their skills in other countries.


BUCHAREST – Six ballet dancer who have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion were warming up on Friday on the stage of the National Opera House in Romanian capital Bucharest.

In the days after they left badly hit cities of Dnipro and Odessa, the Ukrainian, Kyrgyz and Canadian dancers had reached out to the institution for help. It gave them a safe place to train and potentially perform under pending collaboration contract.

The United Nations estimated on Thursday 1 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries over the last week, in what it warned could become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century.

Lara Paraschiv, 23, a Canadian – born ballerina with Romanian parents who has trained at the Balshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, fled on Feb.24 with several collogues. She has danced Dnipro State Opera and Ballet Theatre for the last two years.

‘Dnipro is actually right close to Donetsk…

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