Artistic Faculty

Marianna Lobanova

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Madame Marianna Lobanova graduated from the Saratov Choreography School in 1976 and became a dancer with Lvov Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1978 she entered the Leningrad Academic Choreography School (Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet) and completed the course of training with honors. In 1984 she entered GITIS (State Institute of Theatre Arts named after A.V.Lunacharsky), and took the position of ballet teacher at Lvov. She has taught at Saratov Regional School of Arts, teaching classical dancing to both men and women and engaging in rehearsal activities. More recently (2005-6), she taught classical dancing at Mexico State School. In 2000 The Russian Federation Ministry of Culture awarded Marianna Lobanova work the “For Achievements in the Sphere of Culture” Order.

 

 

 

Erin Forrest

ErinForrestErin Forrest began her ballet training at the O.D.U. Ballet in Virginia with Istvan and Ana Ament of Romania. In 1992, she received an invitation to study with Nina Sakhnovskaya at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. While at Vaganova Academy, she was awarded a scholarship to continue her education at the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture & Arts, studying Ballet Pedagogy, Choreography, and Russian language under Boris Bregvadze and her teacher, Olga Muxhortova.

Following graduation from the Institute of Culture, Ms. Forrest returned to the U.S. to open and manage her own ballet school in Virginia, The Russian Academy of Ballet. She later moved to Boston to teach at Boston Ballet where she instructed beginning through advanced classes for eight years. She was also the audition teacher for Boston Ballet School, an instructor for Young Dancers’ Summer Workshop and Dance Lab, choreographed ballets, taught repertoire classes, coached dancers for competitions, rehearsed students for performing with the company, and was an adjudicator for Boston Ballet’s City Dance Outreach Program.

Upon moving to New York City in 2010, Ms. Forrest taught at Joffrey Ballet School and Gelsey Kirkland Academy. She then joined the faculty at Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program where she created the Variations Intensive and an Intermediate level for the program. Ms. Forrest later became Head of Faculty and was in charge of the Advanced Ladies class. She has coached gold medalists at YAGP and Indianapolis International Ballet Competition.

In 2014, Ms. Forrest’s students were selected to take part in “Class Concert” with Mikhailovsky Ballet at Lincoln Center where she assisted in coaching and translating for rehearsals. She has also successfully taken part as an instructor and a choreographer in Classical Dance Alliance’s “International Youth Ballet Festival” with Oleg Vinogradov, Artistic Director. Ms. Forrest has coached students to perform the lead role in full-length Giselle in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has produced choreography which was taken on tour around Russia. Her students have performed at International Dance Day Gala in St. Petersburg, Russia, and can be found dancing at Dutch National Ballet, Stuttgart, Salzburg Ballet, and Colorado Ballet.

 

 

Cyril Pierre

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Cyril Pierre was born in Nancy, France, and trained at the Conservatoire of his native town, before joining Serge Golovine’s class at the Ballet School of the Opéra National de Paris.

Having graduated, he was engaged at Roland Petit’s Ballet National de Marseille, where he was promoted to first solist in 1990 and to étoile (Principal) in 1992. Four years later, Helgi Tomasson invited him to join the San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer. His San Francisco repertoire included all major classical roles, as well as contemporary creations by Helgi Tomasson, James Kudelka and others.

Together with his former partner Lucia Lacarra he joined the Bavarian State Ballet as a Principal Dancer in autumn 2002, dancing such important roles as Onegin, Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake) and Abderakhman (Raymonda) in his very first Munich season.

During the season 2003/2004, he enlarged his repertoire with Günther in John Neumeier’s The Nutcracker, Theseus/Oberon in Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Prince Désiré in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa/I. Liška).

As a guest dancer, Cyril appeared on stages world wide, in full performances (Berlin, Prague, Naples, Milan) as well as in galas, mostly together with his former partner Lucia Lacarra.

 

Victoria Yanchuck

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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.

 

 

 

 

Dance Faculty

Anton T. Wilson, Modern Instructor

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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 Techinque.  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 worlds 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.

 

Evgenia Singur, Character Instructor

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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 will teach the Upper Division students in the Evening Programs at the Kirov Academy of Ballet beginning in August 2015.

 

 

Ralph Glenmore, Jazz Instructor

Bio Coming Soon.

 

 

Evening Programs

Irina Chetverikova – Wunder,  Director of Evening and Pre-Professional Programs

Irina Wunder received her classical training in Turkmenistan, then a republic of the former Soviet Union. She performed with the Republic’s Theater of Opera and Ballet and toured with the company in Russia and the former Soviet republics. She was also a guest artist with the Ballet Nacional del Peru. Ms. Wunder holds a Master’s degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London, UK), specializing in safe and optimal practices of performing artists. Her research was recognized and accepted for presentation at the International Association of Dance Science and Medicine (IADMS). Currently, Ms. Wunder is on the faculty of the Department of Performing Arts at American University and George Washington University in Washington, DC.

 

 

 

Evgenia Singur, Upper Division Instructor 

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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 will teach the Upper Division students in the Evening Programs at the Kirov Academy of Ballet beginning in August 2015.

 

 

 

Accompanists

Regina Shestakova-Martin  Director of Music / Accompanist

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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

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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 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 a Honorary Diploma from Lithuanian State Conservatory of Music at the Tchurlionis Competition in Vilnius.

 

 

 

 

Tigran Hovhannisyan 

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 home town 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 Concervatoire de Music de Geneve and Concervatoire 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

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Nina Grove was born in Stavropol, Russia. At age 6, she started taking piano lessons. Her first teacher was Maria Belova, who graduated from 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 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 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).

 

 

 

 

Former Faculty

Alla Sizova
Yelena Vinogradova
Oleg Briansky
Nikolai Morozov
Marat Daukayev
Ludmila Sakharova
Rudolf Kharatian
Ludmila Morkovina
Elena Tenchikova
Anatoli Kucheruk
Vladimir Djouloukhadze
Sasha Yapparov
Stephanie DeCoste
Yeu Jung Lee
Galina Kozlova
Jaqueline Achemedova
Charlotte Pistor
Mireille Briane
Martin Fredmann
Andrei Garbouz
Vladimir Kolesnikov
Nikolai Kabaniaev
Giana Jigarhan
Svetlana Kravtsova
Irina Vakhromeeva
Nikoloz Makhateli
Sebastian Rousseau
Lyubov Fominich
Angelina Armeskaya
Harmony Patton
Stanislav Issaev
Tamara Manukovskaya
Vladlen Zemlemerov