Ariana Chernyshev


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Instagram: @ari.chernyshev
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Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
The Washington School of Ballet

Joined PBT as an Apprentice in 2021

  • 1st Flash (Jormo Elo)
  • Catharsis (Yoshiaki Nakano)
  • Don Quixote (Marius Petipa)
  • Dracula (Michael Pink)
  • Le Corsaire (Marius Petipa)
  • La Esmeralda (Jules Perrot)
  • The Nutcracker (Terrence S. Orr)
  • Paquita (Marius Petipa)
  • Polyphonia (Christopher Wheeldon)
  • Rubies (George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Marius Petipa)
  • Swan Lake (Susan Jaffe)
  • Theme and Variations (George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust)

  • Yoga teacher for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
  • Summer Intensives with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Chautauqua Institute, American Ballet Theatre School, Cincinnati Ballet School and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
  • Guest artist in Tulsa Ballet’s production of Marcello Angelini’s Swan Lake

Great Pyrenees named Daenerys (nicknamed “Dani”)


What was a defining moment in your career?
Dancing in a triple bill in The Masters Program: Balanchine and Beyond was when it really hit me that I was actually living out my dream as a company member with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. It was exhausting, but so incredibly fulfilling. I will always look back on that time with a full heart.

What’s the most memorable day you’ve ever had?
The day I first met my grandparents when they immigrated to the United States from Azerbaijan. My sweet Baba is at every performance, usually cries with pride and always gives me a “thank you” card afterward. Having them here means the world to me.

What are the first 3 things you do every morning?
Chug water
Drink coffee
Go through my skincare routine. Even in cloudy Pittsburgh, I do not forget to leave the house without SPF!