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Marianna Tcherkassky, 2009 Ballet Master

Before arriving in Pittsburgh, Ms. Tcherkassky enjoyed a dancing career with American Ballet Theatre spanning twenty six years, and has been recognized as one of the world's leading ballerinas.

Since her retirement from the stage in 1996, Ms.Tcherkassky continues to teach throughout the United States including the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Program in New York as well as the University of Cincinnati from who she received an honorary doctorate of performing arts, being cited for "exemplifying the highest ideals of ballet and the performing arts in general, and setting a standard of excellence which will have a lasting impression for generations to come."

James F & Marion L Miller Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Oregon Arts Commission Regional Arts & Culture Council Work for Art