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Zahorian, Karapetyan to Retire, Lead Pennsylvania Ballet Academy

San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancers Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan, a married couple, have announced their plans to accept positions as joint artistic directors of Pennsylvania Ballet Academy following their retirement at the end of this season.

A native of Pennsylvania, Vanessa trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, apprenticed at the Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet, and joined San Francisco Ballet in 1997.

Zahorian was promoted to soloist two years later, and to principal dancer in 2002. She was featured as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Tomasson’s Nutcracker. Her many awards include the Isadora Duncan Dance Special Award for “Many Faces of Giselle.”

A native of Armenia, Davit trained at the Armenian School of Ballet and the Schweizerische Ballettberufsschule. He performed with Zurich Ballet and joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2005. In December 2008 Davit was featured as the Nutcracker Prince in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Tomasson’s Nutcracker.

In 2006, Davit and Vanessa won Best Couple in the senior division at the USA International Ballet Competition.

A Farewell Performance is planned toward the end of the season, with details to be announced.

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