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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.

Olga Fiore

Program Director, Principal Dancer, Guest Teacher,

 

Olga Fiore studied the Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet from a young age at the Odessa National Ballet Academy, under world-famous professor of ballet Baeva Zlata. Alexandrova.

Upon graduation she joined The Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.

As a principal dancer performing leading roles in all the major classical ballets, such as La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Nutcracker and more. Her dancing was sensuous, earthy and fired by great...

Maya Melman (Kruchkova)

Former Soloist of the Bolshoi Theater.

Ballet Teacher and Ballet- Master.

Education: 1953-1959 Moscow State Choreographic School of the Bolshoi Theater, diploma- ballet dancer. Ballet teachers: E.P.Gerdt, V.P.Vasilyeva- Golejzovskaya.

1984-1989 Moscow State Institute of theatrical arts (GITIS). Diploma: Ballet Teacher, Ballet- Master.

Employment History: 1959- 1980  Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, soloist, performed solo parts in performances: Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Zhizel, The Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus and others.

Worked with choreographers: L.M.Lavrovsky, K.Y.Goleyzovsky, Y.N.Grigorovich, M.M.Plisetskaya

1989 Assistant choreographer in the ballet of Bolshoi Theater "Choreographic Miniatures"...

Mrs. Svetlana Kravtsova is the Founding Artistic Director of L’Etoile/The Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland, LLC.  Mrs. Kravtsova graduated from the National Choreographic College of Ballet, Republic of Moldova.  The National Choreographic College of Ballet was founded on the basis of the Academy of Russian Ballet, A. Vaganova, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Mrs. Kravtsova danced as a Soloist at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova for 20 years.  Her repertoire included Principal and Soloist...

Mr. Vadim Pijicov is the co-Founder and Artistic Director of L’Etoile/The Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland, LLC.  He received his education at the world famous and prestigious Academy of Russian Ballet A. Vaganova in St. Petersburg, Russia.  After graduating, he enjoyed a spectacular career as a Principal Dancer with the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova.  His repertoire included La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Paquita, Spartacus, Romeo...

Ballet Master Max Ratevosian is the founder and co-owner of Hamilton City Ballet and the founder and Artistic/Executive of the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts.

Max Ratevosian, B.A. Ballet Master, M.A. Choregrapher – Artistic/Executive Director, Ballet & Historical Dance Teacher

Max graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia and later from the State University of Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. in Moscow with a degree major of Ballet Master, Teacher and Choreographer.

During his 20 year tenure at the Moscow State...

Joelle  Boulogne
Born 24/12/1968 in Cannes. French
She followed her studies at the Center for International Dance Rosella Hightower.His ballet teachers: José Ferran, Arlette Castanier, Rosella Hightower (Ballet the Marquis de Cuevas) and Claudie Winzer (Roland Petit) Voteck Lowski, Jan Nuyet,
Ronald Darden, Tatiana Grandzewa and Rita Talia.Modern dance, Graham, jazz Giovanni Louvet, Françoise Verdier, Monika Saez Flamenco José Ferran Dramatic expression: Bernard Lyautey Musical training: Mr. Claude Potier (Marquis de Cuevas)
She finished her course of study in June 1986 with a...

Svetlana Lunkina
Principal Dancer (National Ballet of Canada)
Prima Ballerina (Bolshoi Theater, Russia)

Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow (Russia) and trained at the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where her teacher became the great Ekaterina Maksimova. Already, during her first year of work at Bolshoi, Lunkina performed the leading role in the ballet “Giselle”. Just 18, she thus became the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi Theater.

Over her 15-year career,  Lunkina...

Alyona Yakovleva-Randall, Founding Artistic Director

Ms. Yakovleva-Randall is a highly degreed, award-winning ballet dancer, choreographer, teacher, and artistic director. Ms. Yakovleva-Randall began her training at the Academy of Ballet in Novosibirsk and continued to St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Art in Russia, graduating in 1999 with a degree certifying her in Professional Ballet Dance Performance; Choreography; and Ballet, Character, and Historical Dance Instruction. In the summers of 2006, 2007, and 2010 she completed seminars at the Vaganova Ballet...

Stanislav Issaev
Principal Dancer, Master Teacher, Choreographer.

Stanislav Issaev studied the Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet from a young age at the prestigious Perm Dance Academy with Julius Plakht. Upon graduation he joined Moscow Classical Ballet as a principal dancer performing leading roles in all the major classical ballets, such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere as well as Modern and Contemporary pieces of well-known choreographers. The Gold Medal was awarded to Mr. Issaev at the International Ballet Competition in...

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