Anastasia Shafer 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. Anastasia is delighted to be joining Virginia National Ballet as a trainee for their tenth anniversary season!