History and Mission

Mission Statement

“The mission of the Kirov Academy is to prepare students to become the next generation of classically trained ballet dancers through the principles and aesthetics of the Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet taught at the Vaganova Choreographic Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Concurrently, students pursue a multi-faceted academic program including the core subjects and the arts, each furthering the objectives to build a solid educational foundation, and to create, cultivate, and prepare the student for life as a professional artist. The proactive resident life program supports the Academy’s mission as it strives to refine and broaden the student’s experiences through constructive cultural, artistic, and creative endeavors that support the development of professional dancers.”

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The Kirov Academy
The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington DC was created in 1989 by founding patrons Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, with the vision of ‘Heavenly Art Creating a World of Beauty’.  Opening its doors in 1990, the Kirov Academy of Ballet is the epitome of world-class ballet training. Serious students from around the world attend this institution to prepare for a professional career in classical ballet. Our internationally-recognized faculty teaches aspiring young dancers using the methodology of the St. Petersburg-based Vaganova Ballet Academy, the most famous and influential classical ballet school in the world with a legacy more than 270 years old. The Vaganova Ballet Academy and its unique training method has created the world’s most famous dancers including Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Diana Vishneva, Natalia Osipova, Daniil Simkin, Ulyana Lopatkina , Evgenia Obraztsova , Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Alexei Timofeyev, and more.

The Kirov Academy of Ballet (KAB) exists to continue that legacy in the United States and make it relevant to today’s dancers.