Sergey happy to help City Ballet

Clarabelle Ling with fellow ballerinas from Perth City Ballet.
Clarabelle Ling with fellow ballerinas from Perth City Ballet.

His role as mentor became even stronger last year when the Karrinyup resident became a teacher at the City Beach-based pre-professional ballet company.

‘I have 25 years experience on stage, plus almost 10 years at the ballet academy, so I’m just passing as much of my experience and knowledge on to them as I can,’ Pevnev said.

‘There are so many students here who all want to dance and I’m happy to help.’

Pevnev said he eventually wanted to move to full-time teaching after his professional performance days were over but before then still had many roles to undertake, including his current character Albrecht, the man who breaks the heart of Giselle and is then haunted by the spirits of jilted maidens, the Wilis.

‘It’s a classical production, which is what I’ve always studied and danced, so it’s very close to me,’ Pevnev said.

It also sounds like a career in dance will run in the family as his two-year-old daughter already has a love of dance.

‘We bring her to all our shows; she sits quietly and is into it so much that it scares me. I wish we got paid as much as football players because then we’d be happy for her to follow in our footsteps,’ he said.