Stanislav Belyaevsky – Assistant Artistic Director
Stanislav Belyaevsky, born 1973 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, received his ballet education at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg where he also completed his pedagogical training (bachelor’s degree).
In 1991 he had his first engagement as a dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Company in Saint Petersburg, Russia. From 1995 to 1997 Stanislav Belyaevsky was a Principal Dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre. From 1997 to 2000 he was a Soloist at the Staatsoper in Berlin. From 2000 to 2015 Stanislav Belyaevsky was Principal Dancer at the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki, Finland. From 2007 he 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.
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.
Erin 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 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 be the first soloist 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 worldwide, in full performances (Berlin, Prague, Naples, Milan) as well as in galas, mostly together with his former partner Lucia Lacarra.
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.
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.
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.
Evgenia Singur, Character & Evening 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.
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.
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 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.
Music 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 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).
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