Yevgeny Shlapko was born in Odessa, Ukraine but raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began his ballet training at age eight, with Madame Olga Kostritzky at The School of American Ballet in New York City. He spent the next ten years there under the direction of many teachers including Peter Boal, Jock Soto, and Andrei Kramarevsky. In his final years of training, he performed in Peter Martins’s Les Gentilhommes and Christopher d'Amboise’s Tribute.
In 2007 Mr. Shlapko launched his professional dancing career by accepting an invitation by Carolina Ballet Artistic Director Robert Weiss to join the company. Since then, he has been featured in Robert Weiss’s Sleeping Beauty (the Raven), George Balanchine's Four Temperaments (first theme), and George Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie (principal couple). Roles choreographed on him include the pas de deux in Robert Weiss's Moving Life and "Renfield" in Principal Guest Choreographer Lynne Taylor Corbett's Dracula.
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