Two acclaimed ballet dancers recount their harrowing journey fleeing Russia

The beauty and grace of their movements are a counterpoint to the frantic and frightening journey that brought ballet dancers Adrian Mitchell and Andrea Lassakova from Russia to New York City.

“We cannot take any flight. And we had this dog you know, so it was more difficult and we couldn’t take a bus because they didn’t accept dog. We couldn’t take the train because after COVID, it was only allowed for Russians and Finnish people to take this train,” said Andrea Lassakova.

These two elite dancers, one from Los Angeles and one from Slovakia spent the past seven years dancing with the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St.

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