Oh, Darli! :-)
Darli Iakovleva comes to the Ballet Theatre of Maryland by way of Estonia, a little country on the Baltic Sea that regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Having trained in schools in both Estonia and the U.S., she has also danced with numerous American companies, as well as the Vanemuine Ballet and the Estonian National Ballet in her homeland. She's mostly worked in America, though.
Among her favorite roles in her repertoire are the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and principal roles in Les Sylphides. The 2012-13 season is her first with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.
Fun fact: Her mother, Ilona Nogarr, is/was a rhythmic gymnast.