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A principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Irina Dvorovenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and began her ballet training at the Kiev Ballet School at the age of ten. She joined the National Opera Ballet of Kiev in 1990 as a soloist, rising to the rank of principle dancer in 1992. Just some of her leading roles of the great classics include: Gamzatti in La Bayadere; Kitri the Queen of the Driads and Mercedes in Don Quixote; Giselle and Myrta in Giselle; Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in He Sleeping Beauty and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake.

Irina usually dances in tandem with her husband, our first Celebrity Father, Maxim Beloserkovsky. She is also an actress having appeared on Broadway and Spokes-model for several leading brands as well as creator of her own line of dance wear and footwear.

Most importantly she is a Mother….she is warm and inviting with lots of hugs and air kisses, I adore her as she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out. Irina Dvorovenko is a true star, a role model that young ballerinas can embrace and look up to.

We here at Old Fashioned Mom are proud to introduce Irina Dvorovenko as our fifth Celebrity Mother!


1. How would you describe yourself?

I am a strong, independent and loving person. At times I love others more than I love myself. I am so happy when something wonderful happens to people I know, I care deeply for mankind and find it my responsibility to help others.

I am also grounded and know the importance of my family who I adore.

Irina Dvorovenko Interviewed by Michelle-Marie Heinemann

2. Please tell us about your daughter?

Emma is a bright, emotional and artistic young lady. She is an unbelievable negotiator and I could easily see her becoming an attorney, however recently she has expressed interest in becoming a ballerina. We will see, of course I will support her in her decision. She recently performed on stage in a musical and I was so impressed with her enthusiasm and delivery. I was very proud.

Emma- Beloserkovsky
Emma Beloserkovsky – photo by Vital Agibalow

3. When you were four months pregnant you and your husband, Maxim Beloserkovsky, performed the pas de deux from the second act of Swan Lake. I love that you were quoted as saying that while dancing this dance, you were thinking that the baby would enjoy it as well. Did you dance/perform throughout your entire pregnancy?

No, after four months I stopped. My first priority was my baby and making sure she was safe. I also wanted my attention on my pregnancy so I could enjoy every part of it fully.

Irina Dvorovenko & Maxim Beloserkovsky - Old Fashioned Mom Magazine

4. What Old Fashioned advice does your Mother give you with respect to raising your daughter?

My Mother prefers Emma to read, play chess with my Father…do things like this, and not be on the IPad so much. Today is very different, children are so knowledgeable about computers and social media. They are on their phone texting and talking to one another…in order to keep up we have to know how to do all this. My Mother of course does, but enjoys the simpler times as well.

Irina Dvorovenko & Maxim Beloserkovsky

5. Do you dance as a Family?

Yes, we have been known to on occasion have “living room” performances. My husband will dance with Emma and this is so beautiful to watch…then the costumes will be brought out. It is great fun and I am happy that I can share my love of dancing with my daughter.

Irina Dvorovenko

6. You are such a role model for so many future ballerinas. Now that you are a Mother, what age would you recommend beginning ballet?

This should be around nine or ten. There are pre-ballet classes for the little ones, however dancing takes a lot of focus and strength and to start to young could ruin the desire to continue on.

Irina Dvorovenko Maxim Beloserkovsky - Old Fashioned Mom

7. What are your favorite things to do as a family?

We enjoy cooking and baking, there is always something special about gathering around a meal and talking…especially one that you have made! Drawing is something we enjoy as well. I think just being together and being in the moment, realizing how fortunate we are to have one another.

Ballet Royalty and Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Maxim Beloserkovsky, is one of the greatest male dancers of all time. His repertoire is so long I don’t dare even to attempt….but I will say that when he and his wife, our Celebrity Mother, Irina Dvorovenko, performed leading roles in Swan Lake I was so moved I wept. Max is a brilliant combination of discipline and hard work, he is serious yet relaxed and extremely funny…a quick wit. A wonderful Father with a beautiful wife and daughter, a true family man….this is Maxim Beloserkovsky.

We here at Old Fashioned Mom are proud to introduce Maxim Beloserkovsky as our First Celebrity Father!


1. How would you describe yourself?

Well, this is hard for me as I prefer to be modest about what I do and who I am, however my friends would say I have a sense of humor…I am funny. I consider myself a happy person and try to find good in all situations. I think it is important to project positive energy in everything we do. Sometimes we can get caught up in small matters that are really quite pointless at the end of the day. I am outspoken and passionate about the things I believe in.

Maxim Belotserkovsky Interviewed by Michelle-Marie Heinemann

2. Has becoming a Father changed the way you dance?

I don’t think as a dancer, but as a person…yes, most definitely. I am now responsible for another person and she is constantly on my mind. I am also more grounded now and less selfish. My thoughts are always about my family and how I can be instrumental in helping them in any capacity that I can.

Maxim Beloserkovsky - Old Fashioned Mom Magazine

3. What activities do you and your daughter enjoy together?

You know I travel often …Tokyo, Singapore and Africa, just this month. So when I am home my undivided attention is given to Emma. We enjoy swimming together, she is a great swimmer and we have a pool in our building which makes it very convenient. We swim laps and play games in the pool.
We also enjoy going to the gym together, lifting weights and especially running on the treadmill. It’s amazing how fast she can run and she really loves this. Movie nights are big at our house as well and of course doing homework together. I am learning with her at times and this is a great feeling, to grow together…understanding a new concept or theory as well as discovering new philosophies about life.

Emma- Beloserkovsky
Emma Beloserkovsky – photo by Vital Agibalow

4. What old fashioned traditions do you have as a family?

Spending as much time together as possible, really respecting the family as a unit and enjoying every second of it.

Maxim Beloserkovsky and Irina Dvoronvenko

5. Please tell us what a typical day is for you?

When I am not traveling I usually awake by 7:00 a.m., spend breakfast with my daughter, then take her to School. I then have another cup of coffee and head off to class….which is very important. I may give a private lesson if time allows then join the nanny at 3:00 to pick up my daughter….this of course all depends on my daughters after school schedule. Once we are home we will do her homework together and anything else she needs to do.

Maxim Beloserkovsky and Irina Dvoronvenko

6. What do you love most about being a Father?

Seeing my daughter grow daily. I see her beauty from my wife, I see myself with respect to her character. When she brings me her report card and I see A, A, A…..I feel so proud, I feel like I have accomplished something great knowing my daughter is thriving and doing well. When my daughter runs into my arms and says ” I love you Dad, I missed you ” after a long trip, my heart is full and filled with the greatest amount of love.