2014-2015 Guest Artists

Anna Liceica

Anna Liceica

Ms. Liceica (Sugar Plum Fairy) began training in her native Bucharest, Romania at the National Ballet School. She later studied with Yvonne Mounsey at the Westside School of Ballet in Los Angeles, and at the School of American Ballet in New York City, where she received the Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise. A prize winner at the Romanian National Ballet Competition, the Third Nureyev International Ballet Competition, and Maya Plisetskaya International Ballet Competition, Anna was a member of the New York City Ballet from 1993-1996, before joining the American Ballet Theater in 1996.

Anna rose to Soloist with American Ballet Theater in August 2000. Her roles with the Company include the first Shade variation in La Bayadère, the Winter Fairy in Cinderella, Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Flower Girl in Don Quixote, the Russian Ballerina in Gala Performance, Moyna and Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Silver in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois in Swan Lake, the fourth movement principal in Symphony in C, the second ballerina in Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta, and the Venetian Carnival Pas de Deux from Satanella, among many others. She also created a leading role in Mark Morris' Gong.

She has appeared as a guest artist with companies throughout the United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Russia, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Romania and Hungary dancing leads in classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Her partners include Damian Woetzel, Ethan Stiefel, Marcelo Gomes, Gennadi Saveliev, Sascha Radetsky, Bejamin Millepied, Sebastien Marcovici, and Vitali Krauchenka.

Most recently, Ms Liceica has performed as a principal guest artist with the 'Deutsche Oper' in Berlin, the Romanian National Opera, The Staten Island Ballet, Belleville Ballet, and Jeunnesse Ballet in Montreal, among others.

Ms. Liceica has been on the jury panel and a master teacher for Youth America Grand Prix's regional semi-finals since 2007.

She also directed, choreographed, and performed in an 'Evening of Dance with American Ballet Theatre and Friends 2012' in Manchester, Vermont as well as performed and choreographed for the 'New York International Festival 2012'.

Anna will perform the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Commonwealth Ballet’s 2014 production of The Nutcracker.


Vitali Krauchenka

Vitali Krauchenka (Cavalier) was born in Minsk in the Republic of Byelorussia. Vitali trained, from the age of six, at the Byelorussian Choreographic School and performed with the Byelorussian Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. After graduation, he joined the National Ballet Theatre of Belarus and then moved to Riga, Latvia where he danced with the Latvian National Opera. Vitali has also danced in Canada with Atlantic Ballet Theatre and Ballet Jorgen of Canada. His repertory with those companies included roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Romeo and Juliet, and other classical and modern ballets such as Carmen, Le Sacre du Printemps, 3x, Ben Jorgan’s Petrouchka, Boris Eifman’s Tchaikovsky and Kchistof Pastor’s Carmen.

Vitali joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2004. His roles with the Company include the Rajah in La Bayadère, the Father in Fall River Legend, the Duke of Courland in Giselle, The Man She Must Marry in Jardin aux Lilas, the Father in Prodigal Son, the Lead Spanish Dancer in Raymonda, Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Gallison, the Russian Prince in The Sleeping Beauty as well as Von Rothbart and the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake.

Vitali has toured extensively, performing in Russia, Poland, Latvia, Estonia. This is Vitali’s tenth season as Cavalier with Commonwealth Ballet.


Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson (Snow King) grew up in Richmond, Virginia and studied dance at Richmond Ballet. He further studied at Butler University’s dance department, earning a degree in Arts Administration with a Concentration in Dance. Michael was a member of Boston Ballet from 1996 to 2006, performing many soloist and principal roles. Michael danced the classics with world-renowned dancers including Carlos Acosta and Sarah Lamb of the Royal Ballet, and performed pieces by choreographers such as Rudi Van Dansig, Bruce Marks, Nacho Duato, Mark Morris and Christopher Wheeldon. He has studying salsa and ballroom and performed Jazz and Jive in Los Angeles. Michael helped develop Boston Ballet’s outreach program called CitiDance thus spreading the opportunity and education of dance throughout all of Boston. He is currently Professor of Dance at Butler University in Indianapolis. This will be Michael’s 6th year as the Snow King in The Nutcracker.

View the 2004 To the Pointe interview with Michael Johnson.