Yevgeny Shlapko was born in Odessa, Ukraine but was 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 under the direction of several teachers including Peter Boal, Sean Lavery, and Andrei Kramarevsky. During his years at SAB, he had the opportunity to work with many choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Benjamin Millepied, and Justin Peck. In his final years of training, he performed featured roles in Peter Martins’s Les Gentilhommes, as well as Christopher d'Amboise’s Tribute and Benjamin Millepied's 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini.
In 2007, Mr. Shlapko launched his professional dancing career by joining the Carolina Ballet under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Weiss. He was promoted to the rank of principal dancer in 2016 and has been featured in Robert Weiss’s Don Quixote, as well as Principal Guest Choreographer Lynne Taylor Corbett's Carmina Burana. Roles choreographed on him include "Renfield" in Lynne Taylor Corbett's Dracula, and the principal couple in Resident Choreographer Zalman Raffael's Rachmaninoff: Corcerto no. 2 in c minor.
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