Year in review: Celebrating milestones, history

Denton Record-Chronicle: In October, George Chadick flew to Moscow to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy until June. Only four other students from Texas were invited to attend, and he’s among 23 students who accepted their invitations this year. read more

Olga Popova

Professor of Classical Dance at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  Ms. Popova studied and completed her pre-professional training under the pedagogy of I. Vasilieva at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  During her professional career,  Popova performed numerous leading roles including lead Wilis, Myrtha, and Batilda in Giselle, Friend of Kitri and leading Dryad in Don Quixote, Three Swans, Solo Mazurka, and Queen in Swan Lake, Prelude in Chopiniana, Soloist Sylphide, Nancy, and Effie in Les Sylphides, among many others.  In her teaching career, Ms. Popova has graduated with highest honors in Choreographic Pedagogy from the Academy, and has since been teaching elementary and intermediate classes.

Ilya Ryzhakov

Mr. Ilya Ryzhakov joined the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Company in 1991 and very quickly was promoted to a principal dancer. His performing biography includes distinguished leading and solo roles in both classical and modern ballets: “Swan Lake”, “Don Quixote”, “Raymonda”, “Giselle, “Pharaoh’s Daughter”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Taming of the Shrew”, “The Legend of Love”, “Romeo and Juliette”, “Anyuta”, “Paganini” and many others. In 1995 Mr. Ryzhakov graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy majoring in “Art of Choreography”.  Mr. Ryzhakov has been working as a Professor at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy with a specialization in “Pas de Deux”. In his capacity as the Academy’s Master Teacher, Mr. Ryzhakov travelled to various countries performing and conducting workshops in: Japan, Korea, France, Great Brittan, Spain, Australia, and many others.

Svetlana Ivanova

Ivanova is the Chair of Folk, Scenic and Historical Dance at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Svetlana Ivanova has extensive experience with staging classical and modern dance. She was accepted to the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Company immediately after graduating from the Bolshoi Academy in 1978 and has been a soloist since 1996.

Irina Sirova

Acting Professor, Deputy Chair of the Classical Female Dance Department of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In 1971-1975 Ms. Syrova was a soloist of the Perm Opera and Ballet Academic Theatre. Since 1979 she has taught classical dance at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and has given master classes and participated in Academy’s tours in Belarus, Germany, Greece, Japan, Namibia, Norway, South Africa and the United States.

Andrei Alferov

Senior Professor of Classical Dance and Pas De Deux at Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  Mr. Alferov holds a Ph.D from the Bolshoi Balllet Academy Pedagogy Institute as a Professor/Choreographer.  Mr. Alferov is the recipient of the title of Honorary Artist of Russia.  Many of Alferov’s students dance with Russia’s leading dance companies including the Bolshoi Ballet, Musical Theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko and the Kremlin Ballet.  In 2001, Mr. Alferov became the Head Master Teacher in charge of all Performances at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

Elena Bobrova

Upon graduation from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Elena Bobrova joined the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Company, where she worked for twenty two years.  She performed in all of the classical and contemporary repertoire including:  “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Raymonda”, “La Bayadere”,  “Don Quixote”, “Giselle”,  “Le Corsaire”, “Spartacus”, “The Stone Flower”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Ivan the Terrible”, as well as many other productions.  Ms. Bobrova’s teaching career at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy spans 18 years and among her graduates are: M. Kotchetkova (San Francisco Ballet), K. Kretova (Bolshoi Ballet Theater), L. Konovalova (Vienna Opera), as well as Joy Womack, the Academy’s first American student to be accepted to the Bolshoi Ballet Theater Company.

Natalya Revich

Professor of Classical Dance at Bolshoi Ballet Academy since 1988.  After graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1969, Ms. Revich joined the Musical Theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko as a soloist where she danced parts such as Pas De Trois in Swan Lake, variations from Paquita and Kitri’s friends from Don Quixote.  She has toured extensively in Germany, Poland, Belgium, Japan, Tunisia and many others.  At the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Ms. Revich is instrumental in staging all key productions which appear on the Bolshoi stage and at the Musical Theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko.

Valery Anisimov

Senior Professor of Men’s Classical Dance, Valery Anisimov studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy under legendary ballet teacher Peter Pestov. After graduation he was immediately accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Company where he partnered with legendary dancers like Ekaterina Maksimova, Nina Timofeyeva, Natalia Bessmertnova and Marina Leonova. He performed the leading roles in the company’s productions of Swan Lake, Giselle, The Stone Flower, The Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote, and many others rehearsing under internationally celebrated Ballet Masters Galina Ulanova, Marina Semenova, Raisa Struchkova, and Asaf Messerer.  Professor Anisimov toured extensively with the Bolshoi Ballet throughout the world before he began his teaching career at the Academy. He was named a People’s Artist of Russia in 1997.

Marina Leonova

Dean of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow, Artistic Director of the Summer Intensive Program and Master Teacher of Classical Dance, Ms. Leonova began her ballet career at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Upon being one of the most distinguished graduates of Mme. Sofia Golovkina,she was invited to join the famous Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Company right after graduation and was soon promoted to one of company’s prima ballerinas. During her dancing career she has been seen in the leading parts at the Bolshoi and worldwide, including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle and Myrtha in Giselle, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Aegina in Spartacus among others. As a performer Ms. Leonova has collaborated with Elizaveta Gerdt, Raisa Struchkova, Yuri Grigorovich and other leading choreographers and ballet teachers. She began her teaching career at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy while still dancing at the Bolshoi. In 1991 she received her MFA cum laude from the School of Choreography. A Master Teacher of classical dance at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy since 1998, Ms. Leonova has represented Russia at some of the most prestigious international ballet competitions and has taught courses and master classes worldwide – among her prominent students are Natalia Osipova and many others. She became Dean of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 2002 and is the recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards, including the highest honorary title of People’s Artist of Russia.

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Bolshoi Ballerina Keeps Vow to her Mentor

CBS News: A Bolshoi ballerina is headlining this holiday season’s performances of “The Nutcracker” at Westside School of Ballet in this California beach community.Joy Womack, the first American woman to be admitted to the Bolshoi Ballet, was fulfilling a promise that she had made to her mentor, Yvonne Mounsey, a co-founder of the ballet school who died in September. In her last visit with Mounsey last summer, Womack promised to dance the role of the Sugar Plum fairy in the school’s annual holiday ballet. watch video

Teen finds perfect balance on stage

Herald Standard: With a passion for dance coupled with hard work and a degree of diligence, the 15-year-old from California honed his skill at a number of dance schools — the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Shirley Dean’s School of Ballet and Modern Dance, the Pennsylvania Southern Performing Arts Academy, the Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy and the Fayette School of Ballet. read more

Bring on the Bolshoi: Preston girl off to study at world-class ballet company in Moscow

Valley Record: Chloe, the daughter of Wade Heninger and Kristin Bennett of Preston, is well on her way toward that goal, since she began her training with the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow last month. She was offered a place in the academy in September, after she unknowingly auditioned for the spot during a three-week camp, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive, in Connecticut last summer. read more

Boy to study ballet with ‘the best’ in Russia

DENTON RECORD CHRONICLE: A Denton 11-year-old is setting out today on a trip halfway around the globe to train at one of the world’s most prestigious ballet academies. George Chadick has been invited to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow through next June. Only four other students from Texas were invited to attend, and he’s among 23 students accepting their invitations this year. read more

Local Boy to Train at Russian Ballet Academy

5NBCDFW News: It’s the chance of a lifetime for one North Texas ballet dancer. 11-year-old George Chadick of Denton has been invited to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. In an industry that’s dominated by girls, Chadick holds on to a dream of his own. watch video

Issaquah Middle School student to study at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

THE ISSAQUAH PRESS: Chloe is one of 100 international students participating in the program, ages 10-21…She was chosen after she participated in a summer intensive camp the Bolshoi held in Connecticut.“At the end of the camp, they got to choose which students they wanted to invite to go to Russia,” Chloe said, later adding, “I’m excited to learn from all of the teachers and also be able to learn from the students there.” read more

Young Preston dancer invited to train with Bolshoi Ballet

NWCNews, Seattle, WA: Chloe Heninger has been following her dream to dance since she was 6 — and now that dream is taking her halfway around the world. Chloe is one of a handful of dancers from around the world invited to train with the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. watch video