Dean of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Marina Leonova

Dean of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow, Artistic Director of BBASI Programs, and Master Teacher of Classical Dance, Ms. Leonova began her ballet career at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Having the distinction of one of the most distinguished graduates of Mme. Sofia Golovkina, Ms. Leonova was invited to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Company right after graduation and was soon promoted to Prima Ballerina. During her career, Ms. Leonova starred in productions at the Bolshoi and worldwide, including Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake," Giselle and Myrtha in "Giselle," the Lilac Fairy in "The Sleeping Beauty," and Aegina in "Spartacus." 

Program Faculty

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

Andrei Alferov

Maya Ivanova is a graduate of the Perm State Choreographic College. From 1992-2013, Ms. Ivanova was a principal dancer of the Russian State Ballet Theatre of Moscow, where she performed leading roles in “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Giselle”, “Cinderella” as well as in many others. In 2011, Ms. Ivanova received her graduate degree with honors from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy specializing in Pedagogy and Choreography.  

Maya Ivanova

After graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1991, Sergei Orekhov joined the Theater of Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko. There, he performed for over 20 years, dancing leading roles in productions including “Swan Lake,” “Le Corsaire,” and “The Snow Maiden.”  Following his performing career, Mr. Orekhov was invited to teach at the Academy and has also led master classes around the world including in Italy, Korea, China, Brazil and Cyprus.

Sergei Orekhov

Nika Sergeeva graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy with Honors as a Teacher-Choreographer in 2004. Since then, she has been teaching at the Academy and participating in numerous international projects, including staging“The Art of Fugue,”  choreographed by David Bamban (Grand Prix Belua de la Don) with music by J.S.Bach, which debuted at the Bolshoi Theater in 2007. Sergeeva’s students have been accepted to the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Company and others. 

Nika Sergeeva

Upon graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Ms. Bobrova joined the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre. She performed with the Bolshoi for 22 years, including the company's acclaimed productions: "Swan Lake," "The Nutcracker," "Sleeping Beauty,"  "La Bayadere," "Don Quixote," "Giselle," "Spartacus," and "Romeo and Juliet".  Among Ms. Bobrova's student alumni are: M. Kotchetkova, K. Kretova, L. Konovalova, and J. Womack, the first American student accepted to the Bolshoi  Company.  

Elena Bobrova

Svetlana Ivanova graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and was immediately invited to the Bolshoi Theatre Company.  Her performing career with the Bolshoi spanned 20 years, many of them as a soloist. Today Ms. Ivanova is the Chair of Folk, Scenic and Historical Dance at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Svetlana Ivanova has extensive experience with staging classical, character and modern dance and in 2013 received her Phd in Pedagogical Sciences. 

Svetlana Ivanova

Ms. Popova is a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. During her 22 years of performing at the Theater of Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko, Ms. Popova danced  leading roles in "Giselle,"  "Don Quixote," "Swan Lake", " Les Sylphides," and other ballets.  Ms. Popova graduated with highest honors in Choreographic Pedagogy from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and is now a Professor of Classical Dance specializing in both male and female technique.

Olga Popova

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Mikhail Sharkov was accepted to the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Company immediately after graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1979. Mr. Sharkov is a recipient of the title of Honorary Artist of the Russian Federation and a senior instructor of classical dance and duet at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  Mr. Sharkov has starred in numerous ballets during his career including “Giselle,”  “The Nutcracker,” where danced the role of the prince, “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Swan Lake,” where he danced the role of the jester.

Mikhail Sharkov

Ms. Dozortseva graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy as a student of Ms. Leonova, current Dean of the Academy.  She was invited as a soloist to Moscow’s State Theater of Classical Ballet of N. Kasatkinoi and V. Vasiliev.  There she performed leading parts in "Giselle," "Swan Lake" and other prominent ballets.  Ms. Dozorseva is a highly respected teacher at the Academy and her students consistently graduate with high marks in all ballet subjects.

Olga Dozortseva

Yevgeniya Kazeeva was a soloist at the Russian State Ballet Theatre of Moscow where she danced leading roles in “Swan Lake,” “Don Quixote,” “Paquita,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Giselle,” “The Nutcracker,” and many others. Since 2008, Ms. Kazeeva has been teaching at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, specializing in Classical and Character Dance. She received her Honors Diploma from the Academy in 2011 and has since become a sought after teacher at the Academy and abroad.

Yevgeniya Kazeeva

Natalya Revich has been a professor of Classical Dance at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy since 1988 and plays a leading role in the staging of all productions that appear on the Bolshoi stage and other leading stages of Russia.  After graduating from the Academy, Ms. Revich joined the Stanislavsky Theatre as a soloist where she performed in many ballets  including “Swan Lake,” “Paquita,” and “Don Quixote” on the famous stages of Russia, Germany, Belgium, Japan, and many other countries.  

Natalya Revich

After graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Georgii Gusev had a distinguished performing career, dancing leading roles in over 50 ballets including his famous solos in  “Anna Karenina” and  “Bacchus and Ariadne” on the stage of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Theatre.  Since 2005, Mr. Gusev has been a Master Teacher at the Academy’s Department of Classical Dance and Pas de Deux.  In addition, he has choreographed  6 ballets and over 40  performances.

Georgii Gusev

Vera Kulikova graduated from the Voronezh School of Choreography with a specialty of Artist of Ballet in 1969, and was immediately invited to join the Voronezh Theatre of Opera and Ballet. She received a teacher’s degree from the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg  and also from Russia's Academy of Theatre Arts.  Ms. Kulikova has been teaching at the Academy since 1980 and was recently designated as the Head of the Academy's Department of Classical Dance. 

Vera Kulikova

Ilya Ryzhakov joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company in 1991 and was quickly promoted to a principal dancer. He has performed leading and solo roles in both classical and modern ballets including “Swan Lake,” “Giselle," “Sleeping Beauty,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Paganini” and many others.  Mr. Ryzhakov graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1995 with a major in Choreography.  Today he is one of the senior Professors at the Academy with a specialization in Pas de Deux and male technique. 

Ilya Ryzhakov

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