Anastasia Shafer

Anastasia Shafer joined VNB as a Trainee in 2022-23, and is delighted to be promoted to company member in 2023-24!  She danced many roles in VNB productions in 2022-23 at Capital One Hall and the Hylton Performing Arts Center, in The Nutcracker, Aladdin, and the world premiere of Rafik Hegab’s The Four Seasons.  Anastasia began her ballet training  at the age of three with Virginia Ballet Company. During her time there she had the opportunity to dance many principal and soloist roles such as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker, Little Red Riding Hood in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella in Cinderella and Paquita in Paquita. Anastasia also had the opportunity to perform excerpts of The Nutcracker at the National Theatre in Washington DC, as well as in the United States Air Force Band’s Holiday Show at DAR Constitution Hall. She has auditioned for several summer intensives, and was accepted into the programs of American Ballet Theatre (which she attended twice), Texas Ballet Theatre, and The Bolshoi Ballet Theatre. 

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