When Indianapolis City Ballet presents its annual “Evening with the Stars” gala on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Murat Theater at the Old National Centre — one of the evening’s attractions will be Miko Fogarty, winner of the gold medal at the 2013 Moscow International Ballet Competition.
What some may or may not know, however, is that the coach who helped prepare Fogarty for the prestigious competition is Alexie Moskalenko. A Carmel resident, he is husband to Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, who recently celebrated her first anniversary as president and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts.
16-year-old Fogarty, who is widely known as one of the stars of the ballet documentary “First Position,” first met and worked with Moskalenko during the 2011 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Competition Gala Tour where he was teaching classes and conducting rehearsals for younger participants.
In April, Moskalenko invited Fogarty to Carmel where she trained with him at the Indianapolis Ballet Conservatory where he served as guest master instructor and coach after Fogarty’s mother asked him to put a team of Russian teachers together. At the IBC Fogarty also trained with founding artistic director, Alyona Yakovleva-Randall and Academy principal, Tatiana Pali. “Miko has great talent, an amazing work ethic, and attention to detail. I am certain she has a great career ahead of her,” said Moskalenko about his former charge. Moskalenko will once again coach Fogarty when he helps prepare her for the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss. and the Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria — both in 2014.
In addition to his duties as a judge, master teacher, and rehearsal director for YAGP for 13 years, Moskalenko is also a guest teacher at other ballet schools and summer programs throughout the country. Away from ballet, he is a real estate investor.
Moskalenko, a native of Moscow, Russia (who now has a dual citizenship with the U.S. and Russia), is a former Bolshoi Ballet dancer. He met his then future wife at Ballet Memphis where he was a dancer and she was taking class. The couple, who also recently celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary, are parents of 5-year-old twins, Tatiana and Nickolas along with three adult-aged daughters from Tania’s first marriage.
And how does it feel to be married to one of Central Indiana’s foremost arts leaders? “It feels great. Tania and I met when she was just at the beginning of her career. I'm proud of all her accomplishments. The story of her career, and how she has been able to get where she is now in such short period of time, needs to be in case studies,” said Moskalenko proudly.
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