BBA Teacher Certification Program

2022 Program Dates* 
August 7 – 14, 2022

A one-week intensive program for dance educators "Methods of Teaching Classical Ballet."


*All Program elements for in-person Summer ‘22 continue to be evaluated and planned within the context of the most current scientific-based guidance. Reasonable program modifications, as well as augmented health-related protocols, should be expected. Fully vaccinated status for all age-appropriate vaccinations, including against Covid-19, is a requirement for all participants.

Admission to the Program is by application only.

Thank you!

Founded more than 245 years ago, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy has a rich history of training many of the world’s greatest ballet dancers, choreographers, educators, and scholars. Its curriculum, based on the Vaganova method, is respected internationally for its focus on musicality, strength, pureness of classical technique, and its emphasis on individual progress. The Academy’s alumni include some of the most accomplished dancers of the 20th century, including Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Ekaterina Maximova, to the stars of the current generation, including Vladimir Malakhov, Natalia Osipova, Alexei Ratmansky, Polina Semionova, Maria Kochetkova, and many others. To this day, the Academy and its graduates continue to earn the highest honors and acclaims in the international dance world.

Program Includes
  • Classes conducted by leading faculty from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy

  • Lectures on age-appropriate curriculum with supporting teaching materials

  • Interactive practical classes with faculty and students from the Academy

  • Exclusive video screenings from the Academy’s archives of classes, exams, and teaching methods

  • Individual feedback from the Academy’s pedagogues

  • A final assessment and, upon successful completion, an official certificate.

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For questions please contact:

Geneva Bernal

Coordinating Director

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Upon Program's completion, educators will be able to apply their new in-depth knowledge and training in the BBA Curriculum to their daily work with their own students.
Certificate of Successful Completion: 

Successful completion of the Program in no way establishes recognition of a participant as a Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher . Upon successful completion, a participant will be awarded a certificate and will be entitled to state ONLY that he/she has completed the official Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program (Level specific). If upon completion of the course, the Program determines that a participant did not demonstrate successful comprehension of the materials, no certificate will be awarded and a repeat of the course will be recommended.



Rooted in the Academy’s respected curriculum, the Teacher Certification Program provides instruction in systematic, methodic, and holistic methods for classical dance instruction. Training will include workshops, lectures, masterclasses, and independent tutorials. The Program’s theme, ‘Methods of Teaching Classical Dance,’ is designed to combine the theoretical and practical work of generations of Academy instructors. All classes are conducted in Russian with the assistance of English-speaking interpreters.


Required Experience

All candidates must have achieved a professional level of ballet training and must be 18 years or older. While teaching experience is not mandatory, the course curriculum requires prior familiarity with the Vaganova technique.  All program levels must be completed in order (starting with Level A).  Program instruction is conducted in Russian with interpretation to English. All candidates must have a working knowledge of English sufficient for comprehension and communication.

Bolshoi Ballet Academy teacher Vera Kulikova demonstrating the correct placement of the arms to a class of young female dancers who are being observed by a panel of adults.
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Bolshoi Ballet Academy teachers Georgii Gusev and Natalya Revich correct the placement of the arms for a partnering couple as the male supports the female in attitude derrière en pointe.
Level A: 1st , 2nd , & 3rd year of study (junior level): 

Lays a professional foundation and imparts basic skills of coordination. In addition, instruction allows students to begin working on their artistic, expressive, and musical performance in accordance with their age and personality. 

(View sample schedule)


Level B: 4th & 5th year of study (intermediate level): 

Adds complexity to the execution of movements and combinations. Allows students to further develop their musicality, expression, and artistic personality.

(View sample schedule)

Level C: 6th, 7th, & 8th year of study (advanced level):

Develops and subsequently tests the program material. Covers virtuoso techniques as well as the expansion and formation of individual students’ progress and talents. NEW: Includes Introduction to Partnering.

(View sample schedule)
NOTE: After Summer 2021, Level C will be offered every other year


Final Assessment: 

Each participant will be evaluated for his/her comprehension of the level-appropriate material taught in the course. Successful completion of the Program in no way establishes recognition of a participant as a Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher nor are any results guaranteed, such as future employment or any other benefit as a result of completing the Program.

Upon successful completion of the Program, a participant will be awarded a certificate and will be entitled to state ONLY that he/she has completed the official Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program. If upon completion of the course, the Program determines that a participant did not demonstrate successful comprehension of the materials, the Program reserves the right not to award a certificate and/or recommend a repeat of the course

Location: Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC

For information on how our facility partners are presently supporting their students and staff please visit their page MMC


The Program offers a housing option conveniently located on the residential East Side of Manhattan, a short subway ride to the studios.  Participants are welcome to seek their own housing options as well.  All housing is subject to availability and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Meal plans are not provided. Transportation costs are not included.


A modern suite-style college residence, with each suite consisting of 2 bedrooms (doubles or quads), a bathroom (number depending on the size of the suite), a kitchen, and a common dining area. Rooms are furnished with twin beds, dressers, desks, and wardrobes. The kitchen/dining area has a table and chairs, a full-size refrigerator, an electric stove, and a microwave. Bedding, kitchen, and bathroom supplies are NOT provided. Amenities include common lounges and a laundry room. The building has a 24-hour security checkpoint with ID card swipe entry. The residence is within a few blocks of shopping, restaurants, supermarkets, and subway stations. All questions should be directed to BBASI NY Staff – please DO NOT contact the residence directly.


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Studios and Classes

Marymount Manhattan College*                                     
221 E 71st St,  New York, NY                                         


Hunter College, Thomas Hunter Building*

Lexington Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets, New York, NY 


2021 Tuition & Fees (Subject to change for 2022)

Virtual Tuition
In-Person Tuition
August 8 – 15, 2021

Tuition includes registration, participation in all classes, exams, and materials.

Enrollment in the Program and Housing
Past Tuition Enrollment & Payment Dates

Within 2 weeks of Acceptance

Friday, 5/28/2021

50% Tuition

Remainder of Tuition Fees

Past Housing Enrollment & Payment Dates

Friday, 4/16/2021

Monday, 5/31/2021

50% Housing

Remainder of Housing Fees

New Applicants:​
  • Create a New Family Enrollment account (please complete both the
    “Parent” and “Participant” fields with your personal information).

  • Proceed to the enrollment options page and follow the instructions. 

Returning Participants:​
  • Follow the instructions outlined in your Returning Participant Letter sent via email. 

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  • By check or wire transfer only.  Other than the payment for the application and/or registration deposit of $100, credit cards are not accepted.

  • Carefully review your registration invoice for important payment information.


Subject to the Cancellation Period specified in Program's Registration Contract, RAF has a no-refund policy on payments received. (FOR SUMMER 2021 PROGRAM ENROLLMENT ONLY, THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION WILL APPLY:  If prior to its start a decision will be made by RAF that an in-person Program/Session is not feasible, a full refund option of amount paid to RAF for enrollment in the 2021 Program/Session (excluding Auditions) will be offered to Participants in good standing. For all other instances, RAF's standard no-refund policy on payments received, will apply.) There are absolutely no refunds for dismissal from the Program or for voluntary withdrawal. Withdrawal from the Program, 45 days or more prior to the beginning of the 6-week session, due to a severe injury or medical condition unrelated to a pre-existing condition and directly resulting in Participant’s inability to train, may be evaluated on a case by case basis for special consideration of credit. All special consideration requests will be addressed in September following the completion of the Program. It is Participant's responsibility to submit to RAF, in September, a written statement of the request, relevant medical documentation, and physician’s attestation that the injury or medical condition is not related to a previously existing condition.  Upon receipt of stated information, RAF will determine, in its sole discretion, whether a special consideration will be granted. Requests for session changes are not guaranteed, reviewed on a case by case basis, and are subject to RAF's Refund Policy.

Given RAF’s no-refund policy, as well as general current events and developments, please consider obtaining insurance to protect your Program costs. INSURANCE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BELOW AND ADDITIONAL OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH GENERAL INDUSTRY CHANNELS. 

You are encouraged to research all available options.


Options for U.S. Families:

Option 1 - Coverage details here 

Option 2 - Coverage details here 

(Premium cancellation options available, excepting NY Residents)

Sign up: A+ Program Protection (Cancel For Any Reason)

Options for INTERNATIONAL Families:

Coverage details here. (COVID coverage for medical expenses only)

Sign up: Abroad Insurance

NOTE: RAF/ BBASI is NOT affiliated with the insurance companies, nor does RAF/BBASI assume any responsibilities, liabilities or make any representations regarding their products and/or services. This information is offered to all BBASI families solely on an OPTIONAL and INFORMATIONAL basis. It is the sole responsibility of each family to obtain full information regarding the costs, terms, coverage and any/all other relevant matters. Please do not contact RAF/BBASI program staff with any questions regarding the insurance as we are not authorized to make any representations and/or give out information.


“This was my first experience with the Bolshoi teachers program and it far exceeded my expectations. The Teachers are highly knowledgeable and there is a lot of material covered over the course of the week. Through the extremely informative classes and the hands-on time in the studio, I left feeling I had a much better understanding of how to craft a well thought out, purposeful class that will both challenge and inspire my students. I am already looking forward to returning next year.” 
–Dawn Kelly, Academy Assistant Principal, Cincinnati Ballet


“One of the best aspects of this program is that it is taught by the faculty of the actual Bolshoi Ballet Academy – first-hand knowledge from the source! We learned to re-examine what, how and why we are teaching each step in ballet. Thank you BBATC for an experience of a lifetime.” 

– Susan Pavlik-Potts, Director of Ballet, The Dance Company, Madison, AL

Teacher Certification Level C participants pose in their program t-shirts in tendu derrière with their partnering instructor Georgii Gusev in the center of the group.

“As Director and Teacher myself for 20 years who loves the Russian tradition and the Vaganova Method, this program has been an amazing opportunity to receive from first hand experts the best and most reliable tools to improve my teaching techniques.  I would absolutely recommend this program to the serious ballet teacher.” – Mónica Pacheco, Founder and Artistic Director/ Ballarte Escuela de Ballet, Bogotá, Colombia


“It was an honor to take classes from teachers that were so knowledgeable and so passionate about their work. I left this certification program very inspired and motivated to continue improving my craft, especially my teaching.” 

– Jessica Zamarripa, Founder/Artistic Director, Laredo School of Contemporary Dance, Laredo, TX


“It was a great honor and privilege having had the opportunity for the second time to complete the Teacher Certification Program (Level B). I’ve been teaching Vaganova method myself for many years but never had the chance to approach Bolshoi Ballet Academy teachers in person. Every question was answered, every doubt clarified.  Ms. Natalya Revich and Ms. Yevgeniya Michkova generosity made us feel at home and taught us every detail of this teaching method. I’ll be looking forward to repeating this wonderful experience next year.” – Néstor Asaff, Colon Theatre Ballet Teacher, Buenos Aires, Argentina


“Having attended the Bolshoi summer intensive course program for teachers, I felt that it is important for me to share with everyone the wonderful experience of being a student in this particular program. I felt cradled in the methodology of ballet, with a very detailed syllabus and with very kind and experienced professors. This program specified each year’s whole elements and enabled us to practice its execution and composition. I found my confidence has improved as a teacher with better knowledge and vocabulary. Thank you Russian American Foundation and Bolshoi Ballet Academy for sharing with us this great knowledge.” – Eyal Nahum, Artistic Director, Jerusalem Dance Theatre in Jerusalem, Israel.