Artistic Faculty

Elena OvchinnikovaAfter School Program Manager

Dr. Elena Ovchinnikova received her ballet education at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, obtaining a PhD in Pedagogical Sciences in 2014 and a Master Degree in 2009 as a ballet teacher/choreographer. She has been awarded at three international ballet competitions: in Vienna, Rome, and Zagreb.

As a ballet dancer, Dr. Ovchinnikova has worked with companies such as Astana Opera (State Opera and Ballet Theater in Astana, Kazakhstan), State Ballet Theater “Ballet of Russia” (Moscow) and the New Classical Ballet (Moscow). She has performed soloist and principal roles in many ballets, including “Giselle”, “La Bayadere”, “Paquita”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker”, “Coppelia”, “La Sylphides”, “Chopiniana”, “Cinderella” and “Corsaire”, to name a few.

As a ballet teacher, Dr. Ovchinnikova has had vast experience at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, the Russian Imperial Ballet School in Moscow, the Academy of Ballet and Arts in Chicago, Illinois, and the V and T Classical Ballet and Dance Academy in Orange County, California (guest teacher).

Dr. Ovchinnikova also completed studies at the Russian State Medical University in Moscow. She graduated as Joint MD/MSc (medical doctorate studies combined with scientific training). She is both a Medical Doctor and a Philosophy Doctor. She is also the author of several scientific publications on ballet medicine and ballet pedagogy, as well as the author of the modern curriculum of the discipline “Breath in Choreography” that has been incorporated into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy training.


Anastasia Dunets – Ballet Instructor

Anastasia Dunets, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, received her ballet education at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg where she also completed her pedagogical training (bachelor’s degree).

In 1988 she had her first engagement as a ballet dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Company in Saint Petersburg, Russia. From 1997 to 2000 she was a ballet dancer at the Staatsoper in Berlin. From 2000 to 2012 Anastasia Dunets was a ballet dancer at the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki, Finland. From 2007 she also worked as a teacher with Finnish National Ballet School and Helsinki Dance Institute. From September 2015 – professional ballet teacher at the Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and international guest teacher.


Marianna Rozanova – Ballet Instructor

Born in St. Petersburg, Marianna Rozanova began her ballet studies at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, training under Natalia Dudinskaya.  Upon her graduation from the school in 1985, Mme. Rozanova was invited to join the Mikhailovsky Theatre where she danced for 12 years.

In 1999, Mme. Rozanova began teaching at the Reston Conservatory of Ballet as a ballet teacher until 2006 when she began teaching at Center for Ballet Arts in Herndon.  From 2013 to 2016, Mme. Rozanova worked at City Dance with Lyudmila Morkovina, Anatoliy Kycheryk, and Stanislav Issaev.


Evgenia Singur, Ballet, Character & After School Program Instructor


Madame Evgenia Singur graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and had early training in rhythmic gymnastics and figure skating. In 2001 after her final exam at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Mme. Singur was invited to join several major ballet companies like Stanislavsky Ballet, Moscow Classical Ballet, Russian Imperial Ballet and Russian State Ballet. From 2001-2007 Mme. Singur was a soloist with the Russian State Ballet where she performed principal and soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Scheherazade, Spartacus, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Pas de Quatre, and others. She toured internationally with the Russian State Ballet company in over 30 countries. Also, she has performed for the Queen of England, for the King of Oman and Dubai and for many presidents. Mme. Singur is a graduate of Moscow State Institute of Choreography as a teacher. Her specialties are teaching ballet and character dance. In 2004 she was awarded the Silver Prize at the International Dance Festival in Korea. She has appeared many times in Euro and Russian Dance Magazine and represented Grishko in an ad campaign. Mme. Singur has previous teaching experience at Baltimore School for the Arts, and she now teaches the Upper Division students in the Evening Programs at the Kirov Academy of Ballet since August 2015.


Bat Udval, Ballet Instructor & After School Program Instructor

Bat Udval was born in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. From 1981-1989 he attended Perm Ballet College in Perm, Russia. From 1990-1998 he was a principal dancer of Russian State Ballet in Moscow, Russia, then from 1999-2000 he was a principal dancer of Cleveland San Jose Ballet. From 2001-2007 Mr. Udval was a Guest Principal with Russian State Ballet and other companies in Russia and the US

As a principal dancer with the Russian State Ballet, Mr. Udval has toured internationally over 40 countries and performed almost all major roles. In 1993 he received a Silver medal in 7th at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow, Russia. He has also taught as a guest teacher worldwide. He is invited this year, 2017, to teach for the Hong Kong Youth Ballet and teach at the Asian Grand Prix Competition in Hong Kong.


Mr. Vadim Pijicov – Ballet Instructor

Mr. Vadim Pijicov is the ballet master at L’Etoile Ballet Academy, LLC.  He received his education at the world famous and most prestigious Academy of Russian Ballet A. Vaganova in St. Petersburg, Russia.  He completed full 8 years of professional Ballet Academy training with disciplines such as Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variation, Pas-de-Deux, Character Dance, Historical Court Dance,Piano, Repertoire (includes participation at professional ballet performances at Mariinsky Ballet Theater).  Mr. Pijicov had some of the most famous and world renown ballet teachers, such as, N. Serebrenyakov, I. Gensler, O. Sokolov.  After graduating, he enjoyed a spectacular career as a Principal Ballet Dancer with the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova, where he danced all major Principal and Soloist roles.  Mr. Pijicov has also worked as a Principal Dancer at the prestigious Liliana Cozi/Shtefanescu Ballet Company of Regio-Emilia, Italy, and as a soloist with Ballet Internationale of Indianapolis, IN.  Mr. Pijicov was awarded the Best Partner Award at the International Ballet Competition, Oleg Danovsky, Constanza, Romania.  Mr. Pijicov began his teaching career at Ballet Academy of Republic of Moldova and he has further expanded his pedagogic career by teaching at various schools, such as Baltimore School For The Arts, around  the United States.  His career as a professional ballet dancer was concluded in 2004 and since then, his focus has been entirely dedicated to pedagogy.

Five years of teaching in Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington DC.  He is also a Judge for the World Ballet Arts Competition Grand Prix, Canada.


Victoria Yanchuck Summer Ballet Instructor


Madame Victoria Yanchuck graduated from Kiev Ballet Academy, Ukraine. In her career as a dancer, she has performed a large repertoire of roles both nationally and internationally. Companies she has worked with include: Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater of Ukraine; Vadim Pisarev Russian Ballet and the Russian Ballet Company of Delaware. Ms. Yanchuck has also toured with the Soviet ballet troupe “Stars of Russian Ballet” and has performed at the Nervi International Ballet Stars Festival in Genoa, Italy. Ms. Yanchuck began teaching ballet and choreographing in 1996 when she joined Nevada Festival Ballet Company of Reno. In 2011 she joined Kirov Academy of Ballet as a Summer Preparatory Program Instructor and has remained as regular faculty. Ms. Yanchuck’s curriculum at Kirov Academy of Ballet includes teaching Historical Dance and Preparatory Ballet.


Maria Betania Antico, After School Program Instructor

Maria Betania Antico is a Spanish-Argentinian professional dance instructor. She graduated in Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina as a Professional Ballet Dancer.

She entered as a soloist dancer into Maximiliano Guerra’s Mercosur Ballet, and she entered as a soloist dancer to Julio Bocca’s Argentine Ballet, touring major European cities. She has also been granted a Scholarship in Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Rotterdam, in The Netherlands (CODARTS).

Mme. Antico was hired in several theaters of Germany such as the Komische Oper Berlin, performing Ella y Casa, Landestheater Coburg as Swanilda in Coppelia, Frankfurt Malaika Kusumy Dance, Theater Koblenz, Theater Hagen, and more. She has also interpreted soloist roles in various ballets, such as Petrushka, as the Ballerina, Woyzeck as Maria, Pulcinella, Le Sacre du Printemps, Pierrot, The Queen, Die Erschaffung der Welt, Dornröschen, Romeo und Julia, Nutcracker, Yerma, Ella and several others.

Mme. Antico was hired by Jess Curtis to tour in Palermo, Italy, Málaga, Spain and The Iles Festival, Paris, France. She graduated as a Pilates instructor in Madrid, Spain, and she danced on Buenos Aires Metropolitan Ballet Company, performing Coppelia and Nutcracker in Argentinian and Chilean theaters. She also performed Belladova in Phantom Musical, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and performed Aerial Dance Shows with Brenda Angiel Company.


Anton T. Wilson, Modern Instructor


Born in Annapolis, MD, Anton T. Wilson began his study of dance with Anne Waugh Allen and Edward D. Stewart before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed with: Ballet Theatre of Maryland; Parnassus Dance Theatre, Japan; Djazzex, Holland; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; Martita Goshen’s Earthworks; Jennifer Muller/The Works, New York, among others. He has taught, choreographed and toured internationally for twenty-eight years. Anton is a 2007 and 2009 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award for choreography. He was one of four choreographers selected to initiate the Four Steps Forward choreography project in The Hague, Holland. Locally, he has choreographed productions for: the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Vivente, among others. In addition to workshops and master classes, Anton currently teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Kirov Academy of Ballet, as well as maintaining his lifelong involvement in equestrian competitions.


Mark Rubin, Floor Barre Instructor

Mark has been teaching for more than 30 years.  He has trained with world renowned teachers such as David Howard, Dolores Brown, George Chafee, Luigi, Fred Benjamin, Nat Horne, Joyce Tristler, Milton Meyers and Bertram Ross and master teacher Zena Rommett, the originator of the Floor-Barre Technique.  He has performed with Ailey II, the Joffrey Ballet, the Bertram Ross Dance Co., the Batsheva Dance Co., Nat Horne Musical Theatre, and the Fred Benjamin Dance Co..  Mark has worked with some of the world’s most famous choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Bertram Ross, Donny McHale, Tally Beatty, Dudley Williams, Ohad Naharin, Murray Louis, and Ulysses Dove. Mr. Rubin is Lifetime Certified in the Floor-Barre Technique, was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Zena Rommett Dance Foundation, currently on the Board of Directors with Virginia Ballet and the Lasley Centre for the performing arts, was the former Dance Director at the Madeira High School in McLean, Va, Ballet Master at Manassas Ballet Theater, and was assistant rehearsal director and taught company class for CityDance.  Mark has choreographed over 30 works for Northern Virginia Regional dance schools and is currently teaching at the Virginia Ballet Co. and School, Creative Dance Center, Lasley Centre for the Performing Arts, and Ballet Nova and Metropolitan Arts Academy.


Ralph Glenmore, Jazz Instructor

Mr. Glenmore was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the direction of Alvin Ailey. He toured the world, working with choreographers Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty and Bill T. Jones among others. As Instructor, Rehearsal Director, Stage Manager and Choreographer, he worked with the Lula Washington Dance Theater, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Robinson Project and Horton Summer Intensive – Daytona Community College and the Dance Institute of Washington. He also served as Dance Supervisor for Disney’s The Lion King Los Angeles Company.


Olga Roberts, Pilates Instructor

Ms. Olga Roberts graduated ballet training from Rambert School of Ballet in London, training under Margaret Porter, Diana Vere, Anya Linden, Ross McKim and received a Foundation/BA (Hons) Degree. Later she joined several dance companies in Germany, Greece, and Australia. Additionally, Olga has a Specialist Teaching Diploma in Contemporary Dance from Laban Center in London. At the age of 11, she began Pilates training as a young dancer.

Olga completed Advanced Master Training (2.5 years and 1000+ hours) in Body Control – Pilates as a student of Jenny Colbourne (student of Jerome Andrews (First Generation Teacher who worked for Joseph Pilates for 10 years) and Dreas Reyneke. Her training includes Advanced Pilates Techniques for Ballet Dancers. Olga has been teaching Pilates for 15 years. She is an active member of the Royal Academy of Dance in London (RAD), the Pilates Alliance Australasia, and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).






Regina Shestakova-Martin  Director of Music / Accompanist


Regina Martin has been with the Kirov Academy since 2006. She was an accompanist at Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet since 1979 as well as the National Ballet Competitions. From 1985 to 1996 she was a concertmaster at Kirov Ballet. She performed in movies and documentaries for the Russian television and the BBC (“Leningrad Legend”, directed by Natalya Makarova, 1989). She graduated in 1997 from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, St. Petersburg, as a Professional Ballet Concertmaster. From 1996 to 2005 Mrs. Martin was Music Director and Company Pianist at Ballet Internationale and Clara Noyes Academy, Indianapolis. Her work was featured in the “Favorite Classics of Ballet” CD. In 2005 Regina was a pianist for ballet classes and rehearsals for the American Ballet Theatre, Steps on Broadway, Peridance, among others.




Victor Shklyar – Accompanist


Victor Shklyar is a member of the American Music Teachers Association and he has been an accompanist at the Kirov Academy since 2000. He received a Masters Degree in Piano Performance in 1984 from the Belarus State Conservatory in Minsk, and in 1988 he received a Ph.D. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the StPetersburg State Conservatory, in StPetersburg, Russia. He has been a teacher, a lecturer and an accompanist in several Schools and Colleges in Russia (StPetersburg Conservatory) and in the USA (Indianapolis Institute School of Arts, The Madeira School, The Washington Bible College, Goucher College, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore School for the Arts.) Mr. Shklyar was awarded an Honorary Diploma from Lithuanian State Conservatory of Music at the Tchurlionis Competition in Vilnius.




Tigran Hovhannisyan – Accompanist

Hovhannisyan_TigranMusic was an important part of Tigran Hovhannisyan’s childhood.  His mother started teaching him piano classics at very early age and by the time he was 14, he graduated from his first musical school named after Sayat-Nova, majoring in forte-piano in his hometown of Yerevan, Armenia. At 15 he started attending his first saxophone classes at the highly acclaimed Spendiarov Music School and after that the Yerevan State Conservatory. Later on, his life journey took me to the very center of Europe. Geneva became his home for several years, where he attended Conservatoire de Music de Geneve and Conservatoire de Lausanne learning various types of classical music, piano, and saxophone alike. Throughout his musical career, he was a part of a few different classical and jazz bands as well as participated in many different competitions throughout Armenia, Switzerland, France, England and Germany. Performing with a saxophone, he is a winner of French-Armenian International music competition and British-Armenian Music Festival.



Nina Grove – Accompanist


Nina Grove was born in Stavropol, Russia. At age 6, she started taking piano lessons. Her first teacher was Maria Belova, who graduated from the conservatory in Saint-Petersburg (class of the Honored Artist of Russia, Galina Fedorova). During the 8 years of education in music school, Nina took part in music festivals and won many piano competitions at different levels from city to regional. After that, she studied in Stavropol Music College of Art in the class of the Honored Worker of Russia, Lilia Bessonova. Under her professional and sensitive management, Nina graduated in 2005 with a Red Diploma (Highest possible grades). She then moved to Saint-Petersburg and went to the Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation. There, she studied computer science and in 2010 she earned a master degree in computer security. Since January 2013 she works as a pianist at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC.  She has a rich piano repertoire, which includes many different music styles (from Baroque to Modern Pop) and composers (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Debussy etc).