Our Mayor, Frank Scarpitti, and our Councillor, Valerie Burke, of Markham, Ontario, attended the Open House of the Victoria Ballet Academy during the Thornhill Village Festival on September 20, 2008. In a picture taken after the ballet performances, we have the Mayor, the Councillor, and also Vladimir Demine, School Principal and Victoria Mironova, Artistic Director, with their students.

In the program, the students performed:

Camille Saint-Saens, The Swan
Dancer: Alena Loboda, a Grade 10 student of the Victoria Ballet Academy

Alexander Glazunov, The Snow Girl
Dancer: Anna Rybalko, a Grade 10 student of the Victoria Ballet Academy

Cesar Puni, Esmeralda
Dancer: Elizabeth Mironova, a Grade 9 student of the Victoria Ballet Academy and an invited Contestant of the Beijing Ballet Competition (October 2008)

Alexander Glazunov, Raymonda
Dancer: Maria Petin, a Grade 10 student of the Victoria Ballet Academy and an invited Contestant of the Beijing Ballet Competition (October 2008)

Peter I. Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker
Dancer: Anastasia Loskutov, a Grade 9 student of the Victoria Ballet Academy and an invited Contestant of the Beijing Ballet Competition (October 2008)

Alexander Borodin, Persian Dance from the opera Prince Igor;
Soloist: Keren Barak, a Grade 9 student of the Victoria Ballet Academy; Dancers: students of the professional and recreational programs of the Victoria Ballet Academy

Richard Clayderman, Forever Green
Dancer: Elizabeth Mironova, (see above)

Ave Maria from the Musicale «Notre Dame de Paris»
Dancer: Maria Petin, (see above)

Saliman Vladimirov, The Bee
Dancer: Anastasia Loskutov, (see above)

Franz Schubert, Moment Musicale
Dancers: Grades 5 and 6 students of the Victoria Ballet Academy

Mikhail Glinka, Jota Aragonesa, Northern Spanish dance, with castanets.
Soloists: Maria Petin, Anna Rybalko,
Dancers: Alena Loboda, Elizabeth Mironova, Anastasia Loskutov, Keren Barak, grade 9 and 10 students of the Victoria Ballet Academy

Valery Didula, Flamenco, Song of Andalusia
Dancers: Professional and Recreational program students of the Victoria Ballet Academy