Friday, July 21 | 6:30PM
A star-studded ensemble of dancers impacted by the war in Ukraine come together to perform new works and beloved classics at Festival Napa Valley’s annual Dance Gala. Led by Xander Parish, a former principal dancer at the Mariinsky Ballet, the evening features dancers who were previously part of Russia’s most elite dance companies, including the Bolshoi Ballet and Stanislavsky Ballet. Reunited in Dance is a testament to the resilience of dancers and the enduring power of ballet.
Xander was born in East Yorkshire, England and began dancing in Kingston upon Hull at the age of eight. In 1998 he joined the Royal Ballet School in London where he trained until summer 2005 when he joined The Royal Ballet Company with his sister Demelza. In 2009, he was invited to join The Mariinsky Ballet by its ballet director Yuri Fateyev and moved to St. Petersburg to join the company in January 2010 as its first and only British dancer.