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   Ballet,variations,pointe,character  - Stella Voskovetskaya

Graduate of Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet,1983,demi-soloist at Mariinsky Theatre 1983-1993,first character dancer at Moiseyeev ballet 1993-2000
Winner of People's Choice Award in Junior group on 10th International Ballet Competition in Varna,Bulgaria
Finalist of Intrernational Ballet Competitions in Moscow in 1985, and1987


Modern,jazz,lyrical - Ekaterina Bessonova

Graduated from the Novosibirsk State Choreographic School in 1988
Joined Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet Theater in 1988 as Corps-de ballet dancer and continued working as coryphée and demi-soloist
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Guest Teacher - Natalia Chapourskaya

Graduated from Perm Academy of Ballet in 1982 with highest Honor Degree in Choreography and Highest Honor Degree as a Ballet Artist. (Class L.P.Sakharova)
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Awards:
1983 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria – Diploma
1993 International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Diploma
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Performance in USSR:
Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre – Prima Ballerina
Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg – Prima Ballerina
Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Ballet Theatre), St. Petersburg – Principal Dancer

Guest Teacher - Alexei Moskalenko

A former Bolshoi Ballet dancer, Mr. Moskalenko also has 20+ years of teaching and leadership experience.​
Upon his arrival in the United States in 1992 he was immediately hired as a Principal Dancer with the Memphis Ballet and continued to dance as a Guest Dancer with leading ballet companies across the U.S.
Within 2 years of living in Memphis, TN, he saw a need in his local community and founded the reputable American School of Russian Ballet in 1994. Having served as the Founder and Artistic Director until 2001, he then accepted the distinguished position of the New York Director of Rehearsals, Master Teacher, Judge, and Tour Director for the world’s largest ballet scholarship competition program – the Youth America Grand Prix.
In 2008, Mr. Moskalenko became the Director of the Markell School of Dance
In 2015, Alexei Moskalenko, has been named the Director of Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s Day Program for Pre-Professional students
In October 2016, Alexei Moskalenko has officially joined the YAGP team as Assistant Artistic Director

Guest Teacher - Becca Grden

Jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary
Becca Grden has been teaching and choreographing dance for 9 years.
In 2007 she won award "Young choreographer of the year"
After graduating high school, Becca attended Western Michigan University and focused her studies on public relations and dance.
She also judges for national dance competitions and attends training seminars and conventions.
Her work, and her students, have been recognized receiving top honors at local and national competitions.
Guest choreographer - Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye
Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye Is a native of Waterville, Maine.
He received his professional training from the Bossov Ballet Theatre and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Professional Division where he received the prestigious Arnold Spohr Scholarship.
Upon graduation in 2005, Mr. Nye was asked to participate in the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Banff, Alberta.
He began his professional career with Festival Ballet of Providence and then in 2006 joined the Eugene Ballet Company where he performed soloist roles in several works by Artistic Director Toni Pimble.
In 2007, he joined Director Peter Anastos at Ballet Idaho and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011.
Mr. Nye is an award-winning choreographer and has had three world premieres with Ballet Idaho, including Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and City Symphony with music by Philip Glass.
Guest teacher - Vilma Machin 
Vilma Machin was born in La Havana, Cuba.
She started her training at age of nine at the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba and graduated it in 2001.
After graduation, Vilma joined the National Ballet Company under Alicia Alonso direction. She danced professionally with the Cuban National Ballet Company for over 6 years and took part in 14 international tours. Her repertoire includes Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, to name a few
After Cuban National Ballet Company, Vilma Machin joined Miami Classical Ballet Company performing in Le Vivandiere, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, and Coppelia
Currently Vilma Machin is Artistic Director of Alma Dance School. Her students successfully participate in many International Ballet Competitons

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