Maksym Palamarchuk

Maksym Palamarchuk, born in Vinnitsa (Ukraine). Studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich. Since 2019 member of the NRW Junior Ballet.


Where are you from? Tell us about your home town or your family…
I am from Ukraine and my hometown is Vinnitsa – this is a small city near Kiev. My family consists of my mother, a photographer, my dad who works as a driver and me, their only child.

When did you start to train ballet? What was your motivation to start ballet? Is there any story behind?
I started practising ballet at the age of 14, but from the age of 4 I was dancing Ukrainian folk dances. Being 14 years old I watched a ballet performance for the first time and this day changed my whole life. There was no ballet school in my hometown so together with my parents I decided to take ballet classes in another city. I have never danced classical ballet before and I’m glad that my parents supported me from the very beginning.

What has been your most special moment in your dance career? Is there any moment you don’t want to miss?
My special moment in ballet was not long ago. I was dancing an unforgettable pas de deux with my partner. While dancing I wasn’t thinking about the choreography but strongly felt the partner’s emotions as if they were real ones.

How would you describe yourself? Where do you see yourself? In private and as an artist…
I would describe myself as an emotional person, which sometimes can have a downside but most of the time it helped me. I’m still young, but my dream is to dance in a company in which a dancer is valued as a person.

What has been your first experience in Dortmund? Why did you choose to come to Germany?
From all places I have seen in my life so far I liked Munich the best. The first time I came to Dortmund was to audition, unfortunately the time was short and I didn’t see much of the city then. I first came to Germany to study, because I think Germany has the best schools in the world.

What is your dream? Any role or piece you would love to dance ones in your life?
I’m dreaming of a great career in ballet. My favourite performance is Spartacus and I would love to dance the solo part.

Beside Dance – what are you interested in? Which profession would be interesting for you, if you haven’t become a professional dancer?
When I was a kid, my parents sent me to a music, art and dance school, but I also like to play hockey and taking pictures. I really love ballet, and if I am not destined to become a ballet dancer, I would like to be a children’s ballet teacher. Most of my free time I’m spending at the gym.


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