Meet the Team

Nurlan Abougaliev
Nurlan Abougaliev received his academic and ballet training at the Alma-Ata Ballet Academy, Kazakhstan. He has danced professionally with Russian National Ballet in Moscow, Moscow City Ballet and Ballet Internationale prior to joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 2006. Later Nurlan was promoted to the principal position. He has toured extensively in England, China, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States.
Mr. Abougaliev worked with such prominent teachers and artists as Irina Kolpakova, Vladilen Semenov,...

Nesterova (Sysoeva) Anna Valerievna
Born on 04.19.1983 in Leningrad

1994 - 2002 - A.R.B. them. AND I. Vaganova,
Faculty of performance.
Higher education - bachelor.

2009-2011 - "PF Lesgaft National State University of Physical Culture, Sport and Health"
Faculty of Coaching, Department of "Theory and Methods of Gymnastics"
Higher education - Master

2002-2010 - Mariinsky Theater, soloist of ballet.
"The Fountain of Bakhchisarai" - Zarema
Scheherazade - Zabeid
"Don Quixote" - Street dancer, Mercedes
"Sleeping Beauty" - Lilac Fairy, Duchess
"The Legend of Love" - Mekhmene Banu
"Cinderella" - Female Dance (Rotmansky)
"Corsair" -...

Nina Zmievets

Born in 1982 in Kiev (Ukraine).

In 2000 graduated from the Kiev choreographic school.
2000 soloist in St. Petersburg Boris Eifman State Ballet Theatre. (Russia)
2003 Soloist International Ballet Theatre. (USA)
2004 Soloist National Ballet Ukraine. (Ukraine)
During the work at the Theatre has performed the following parts:
Nadezhda von Mekk "Tchaikovsky", Kitri “Don Quixote or Fantasies of a Madman”, Grushenka "The Karamazovs", Ballerina "Red Giselle", The Empress “Russian Hamlet” (“Son of Catherine the Great”), Soloist “Musagete”, Anna "Anna Karenina", Arkadina "The Seagull",...

Tyler Angell
Tyler Angell is an emerging dance artist and choreographer in Toronto. He began his dance training in his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario, where he trained in multiple disciplines of dance under the direction of Margo Hartley.
Tyler relocated to Toronto in 2013 to continue his post-secondary training with The School Of Cadence Ballet. He performed professionally with Cadence Progressive Contemporary Company, dancing in commissioned work for Dance Ontario, and in multiple shows a year including Dance Made In Canada,...

Slava Fadeyev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia where he trained at the famed Vaganova Choreography Academy. Other graduates of this Academy include: Balanchine, Baryshnikov, Fokine, Makarova, Kondaurova, Lopatkina, Nijinsky, Nureyev, Pavlova, Zakharova, Vishneva and many others. In addition to Slava’s comprehensive classical ballet training, the Vaganova Academy’s rigorous curriculum included: character dance, mime, stage fighting, acting, ballet history, fencing, stage makeup and piano.
Upon graduation he was invited to join the prestigious Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky...

Ivan Kozlov

Premier of the National Opera of Ukraine, The St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet, IBT (Internationale Ballet Theater), and the Mariinsky Theater; the choreographer and teacher.

Marina Almayeva 

Founder and Artistic Director of Marina Almayeva School of Classical Ballet.


Marina Almayeva received her professional ballet education under Vaganova curriculum at some of the best state-sponsored schools of choreography in the former Soviet Union, such as colleges of choreography in Baku and Perm. Having competed her studies, she accepted the position of a Soloist at the well-known ballet company “Moskva” in Moscow where she danced for 6 years, touring extensively throughout Russia and Europe. In 1999...

Mavis Staines
Mavis Staines was born in Quebec's Eastern Townships and received her ballet training at Canada's National Ballet School.
Upon graduation from Canada’s National Ballet School in 1972, Staines danced as a first soloist with The National Ballet of Canada and The Dutch National Ballet until an accident cut short her performance career. She subsequently enrolled in NBS' Teacher Training Program, joining NBS' Artistic Faculty in 1982. She was appointed Artistic Director in 1989.

Staines works to evolve ballet education by...