Meet the Team

Nurlan Abougaliev

Nurlan Abougaliev, a native of Kazakhstan, is a former principal dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He has danced leading roles such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Desiree in The Sleeping Beauty, and Albrecht in Giselle. He also has danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Who Cares?, Agon, and Serenade.

Nurlan’s other roles include Paul Taylor’s Company B; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs and Octet; Dwight Rhoden’s Ave Maria; Mark Morris’...

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", Tatiana...

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...

Hsien Fa Cheng
Founder and Artistic Director of Cheng Ballet Academy

Through an illustrious dance career spanning nearly four decades, Mr. Hsien Fa Cheng has made a name for himself as a passionate dancer, prolific choreographer, talented teacher and a dedicated jury member of numerous prestigious ballet competitions:

-  World Ballet Competition, USA

-  Miami International Ballet Competition, USA

-  Asian Elite Dance Competition, Hong Kong

-  Star of Canaan Dance Competition, Hong Kong

Born in Taiwan, Mr. Hsienfa Cheng began his dance education at the...




Born in Washington, DC, Julia Moon began her professional training in Seoul, at the Sunhwa Arts School. After further study at the Royal Ballet School in London and L'Academie de Danse Classique de Princess Grace in Monaco, she began her dancing career at the Washington Ballet working with Choo San Goh and Mary Day. She returned to Korea as a founding member of Universal Ballet in 1984, dancing leading roles...

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...

Ashley McNeil


Ashley McNeil – Artistic Principal, The School of Alberta Ballet. Fellow CSC-CIC, Maestro Cecchetti Diploma

Ms. McNeil’s early Ballet training began in Owen Sound, Ontario with Eleanor Brennan. She attended Canada’s National Ballet School (Toronto), The School of Dance Ottawa, and The Quinte Ballet School (Belleville), where she graduated under the direction of Brian Scott and Joyce Shietze.

Ms. McNeil joined the School of Alberta Ballet’s faculty in 2004, and has been training students at the school to become young...

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