"On behalf of the United States Government, I congratulate A.S.E. Global Bridges* and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy on 15 years of successful partnership. Your collaboration has deepened ties between the U.S. and Russian dance communities and encouraged cross cultural understanding through the arts... Your success demonstrates that the Russian and American people can perform, learn, and thrive side-by-side. I wish you many more years of successful collaboration ahead."
Honorable John J. Sullivan
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 2022
BBA Teacher Certification Program
Recognizing that we share one world and our future is interconnected, BBASI Programs are known for fostering dialogues of mutual understanding, respect, and shared values for ballet students and educators.
2023 Program Dates
In gratitude for 15 years of support of ASE & BBA Programming in the United States, we are pleased to offer free virtual BBA Masterclasses throughout the 2022 - 2023 season. Participation is limited to practicing dance educators!
Request to sign-up here.
Bridges to a Shared Future
One-day masterclass workshops for dance educators on specific training topics.
In-person BBA Teacher Certification Program will return in Summer 2024
Founded 250 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.
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 (n/a for Virtual Masterclass).
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.
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.
Bridges to a Shared Future - Virtual Masterclasses
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
An exclusive opportunity to learn Bolshoi Ballet Academy's Pedagogy directly from one of the Academy's Master Teachers. During these workshops, a Master Teacher will give a theoretical overview and practical demonstrations with academy students.
A.S.E. Global Bridges is pleased to offer this opportunity to dance educators who have collaborated with and supported our programs in the US over the last 15 years. Workshops are limited strictly to practicing dance educators, registration is subject to availability.
BBA Teacher Certification
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.
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.
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: Level C is TBD for 2022, If you have successfully completed levels A &B and are interested in taking level C this coming summer, please fill out this form to indicate your interest.
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.