May 24, 2016

Saaya Pikula

Saaya Pikula headshot

Saaya Pikula joined VNB in the 2016-17 season, and is thrilled to be dancing her 3rd season with the company as Principal Dancer in 2018-19.  Saaya has performed the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Mimi in the World Premiere of La Boheme, Soloist in Bohemian Rhapsody, the title role of Snow White, the title role in the World Premiere of Aida, principal dancer in Carmina Burana and Bolero, and principal roles in Claire de Lune and Virus at the Arts Alive Festival and the VNB Spring Recital at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.  She has also been a guest artist at many companies in the region, and was previously a dancer with Teatrul de Ballet Sibiu in Romania from 2012-2014 where her repertoire included Gulmare in Le Corsaire, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen, Shepherdess, Waltz of the Flowers Soloist in The NutcrackerSpanish Whim, Four Seasons, Coppelia, and Cenusa Timpulu, and with Columbia Classical Ballet in the 2015-16 season in the following roles:  Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, soloist roles in The NutcrackerCinderella, and contemporary ballets.  Saaya received her ballet training at Central Florida Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy of Orlando and The Rock School of Dance Education, where she studied two summers on full scholarship.