Victoria Lyras

Victoria  Lyras A native of Athens, Greece, Victoria Lyras received her training at the School of American Ballet in New York City. While at the school, Ms. Lyras performed children's roles with the New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. Upon graduation she was selected for Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Ballet, where she rose through the ranks to soloist and principal dancer. In 1984 Ms. Lyras left the company to engage in a ten-year career as a freelance guest artist and master teacher. She has toured and performed with Edward Villella and Dancers, Oklahoma City Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Harrisburg Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Ballet Portland, and in the International Ballet Celebration gala performance in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For the 1994-1995 season, Ms. Lyras danced with American Repertory Ballet as a principal dancer. As a teacher, she has taught master classes for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet School's summer program, Dance Masters of America, Brandywine Ballet, Doylestown Ballet, and Coupé Dance Theatre. Upon retiring from the stage in 1996, Ms. Lyras directed the ballet program designed exclusively for figure skaters in New York and started a costume design and production company, “Lyrical Designs”. Ms. Lyras founded the Indianapolis School of Ballet in August 2006. She was recently added to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where she teaches classes for ballet majors.