Anna Karpova - Artistic Director ( Canada Ballet School)
Anna Karpova graduated from Vaganova Academy of Ballet in St. Petersburg Russia. Ms. Karpova began her career as a performing artist under direction and training of the world famous Russian Ballerina, Alia Osipenko.
Anna started to perform in 1990 with Leningrad Jacobson Dance Company in all the leading roles in the repertoire of the world-renowned choreographer Leonid Jacobson.
Ms. Karpova joined the Kirov Ballet (Mariinski Opera and Ballet Theatre) in 1992. She has danced in almost all of the ballets from the traditional classical repertoire.
During her intensive performing career Anna had a unique opportunity to work with such famous Ballet Masters and Choreographers as Irina Jacobson, Oleg Vinogradov, Dmitri Briantsev and Igor Belsky. She toured with the Kirov Ballet throughout Europe and North and South America. In 1996 Anna Karpova was invited to perform with Guangzhou Ballet, the second largest ballet company in China.
Since coming to Canada in 1998 she continued her dance career with Ballet Jorgen Canada.
Her teaching career in Canada began in 1999 at the Elite Danceworx Dance School located in Markham.
She had been directing the Ballet Program there for 12 years along with her husband Vladimir.
In 2004, Anna was offered to teach and lead the Ballet Program at the Performing Dance Arts in Vaughan, where she continues to teach.
Anna appeared as a guest teacher at many dance schools around Toronto and in the United States, including the Art Ballet Theatre of Florida and Bossov Ballet Theatre in Maine (USA). Her recent guest teaching was at Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.
Ms. Karpova received yearly rewards of the Cordell Hull Foundation for International Education in the United States with the Certificate of appreciation for her contribution to the development of the Dance Program in the United States in 2004, 2005, 2006 - 2008.
In 2010 she received an "Outstanding Teacher Award" at Youth America Grand Prix Regional Competition in Chicago.