World-class faculty is the heart of The Conservatory program. Teachers are proficient primarily in the Vaganova & / or American Ballet Theatre teaching method and work as a team to emphasize proper ballet foundations in a rigorous, supportive and hands-on environment.
Liudmila Polonskaya received her ballet training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg from age 10 and completed full academic and ballet education. Upon graduation at age 18, she began her dance career, with Maly Opera Theatre in St. Petersburg. In 1995 she graduated with a master degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the Vaganova Academy with a diploma of Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance. She was then hired by the Vaganova Academy and taught classical ballet at Vaganova from 1995-2001. Since moving to the U.S., she has taught at Brighton Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Joffrey Ballet. Her students have gone on to dance professionally at the Royal Ballet (London), American Ballet Theatre (NY) and leading ballet companies around the world. Her students have also been awarded important prizes and scholarships in national and international competitions such as the Grand Prix de Lausanne and the Youth American Grand Prix.
Inna Yureneva is a Russian-born graduate (2002), of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. While a student in Moscow, Inna performed in numerous productions for the Bolshoi Theater. After completing her studies, she moved with her family to the United States in 2002. Since then, she has performed with numerous national ballet companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Connecticut Ballet, Ballet New York and Lynn Barr Dance Theater among others. Inna is a Certified Teacher in the American Ballet Theater (ABT) National Training Curriculum. In 2015 Inna has received a degree in classical ballet pedagogy from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Inna has extensive experience teaching ballet to students of different ages and skill levels, in national and international contexts. She maintains her relationship with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy as Artistic Director of the Academy’s annual Summer Intensive program in Connecticut and Teacher Certification Program in New York.
Elena Kunikova is a well-known authority on Russian classical ballet. She is a graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy, the school of Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a ballerina with St.Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre Ballet, she performed a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary ballets including Giselle, The Nutcracker, Carmen, Esmeralda, Paquita, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Anthony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, and many others. Since moving to the U.S. Elena choreographed classics such as Don Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Grand Pas from Paquita, Little Humpback Horse, Esmeralda, Harlequinade, Grand Pas de Quatre, Pas des Odalisque, performed on word's most venerable stages including New York's City Center, Joyce Theater, Paris' Theatre de Chatelet, London's Peacock, and Berlin's Deutsche Opera. Over the past twenty years Elena staged a large portion of the current repertoire of Les Ballet Trockadero, for which the London Crtics' Circle gave the company a prestigious “Best Classical Repertoire” award.
Elena was profiled in many professional publications and documentaries, her work was featured in the BBC/CW series Breaking Pointe filmed during her staging of the Grand Pas from Paquita for Ballet West. Elena's most recent creation, a one act ballet Divertimento was performed by Dance Theatre of Harlem and later adopted by Ballet West. Elena's students dance with premier companies all over the world, they excel at ballet competitions and are invariably recognized for their technical and artistic achievements.
Nadia Zhivotenko graduated with honor from the Tashkent State Choreographic School in Tashkent, Russia and danced with the Bolshoi State Academy Theater of Ballet in Tashkent (soloist) from 1976-1992. From 1992-1994 she danced as a soloist with the Russian Ballet Company in Moscow before coming to the US. From 1994-1996 she danced with the Brighton Ballet Company in Brooklyn, NY and from 1996-1997 the Staten Island Ballet Company. She has danced lead and soloist roles in a wide range of classical ballets including Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Les Sylphides, Cinderella, Paquita, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Creation of the World, Raymonda, Don Quixote, Giselle, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.
Since 1995, Nadia has devoted herself to teaching and choreographing at ballet and dance schools in the New York area, including the Two World Dance Center, American Theater Dance, Nassau Dance Center, and the June Claire Dance Center from 1998 to the present. She is also a private coach for dancers competing at the Youth American Grand Prix, Connecticut Classic and other national and international ballet competitions, as well as a private ballet coach for nationally ranked figure skaters.
Gleidson Hoffmann is an internationally acclaimed dancer, teacher and choreographer. The dancer was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He started dancing professionally as an extra for Sesi-Minas Compania De Danca when he was 13. From there he landed a job with the corps de ballet and toured extensively with that company throughout Brazil. A dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Ballet Arizona, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, the New Jersey Ballet. His repertoire includes ensemble roles as well as the male leading roles in Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Paquita, The Harlequinade, La Esmeralda, Giselle, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Flames of Paris, La Vivandiere, The Fairy Doll, Cinderella, The Cavalry Halt, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto Barroco, Carnival of the Animals, Carmen, Porgy and Bass, Raymonda, Petit Elfs, Blue Danube Waltz, Staccato, La Fille Mal Gardee, Excerpt from my Life, Charlie Chaplin, Time out of Memory, Mambo Italiano, Topia, and Diversions.
His awards and honors includes a Gold Medal and Best Choreography Award at World Ballet Competition, USA, a Silver Medal at Youth American Grand Prix Finals NY, USA, the Rudolf Nureyev Award from Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, USA and the Jeannot B. Cerroni Outstanding Artist in Performance Award from the Harid Conservatory, USA. Gleidson Hoffmann is an American Ballet Theatre ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the American Ballet Theatre® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum.
Amanda De Oliveira, originally from São Paulo, Brazil began her training at Ballet Paula Castro and later Escola Municipal de São Paulo. At only ten years old, she moved on her own to NY upon being accepted into the School of American Ballet in Lincoln Center. There she performed in various productions with the New York City Ballet including, Mozartiana, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Circus Polka, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Two years later, after attending ABT summer intensive in NY she was invited to join the JKO school at American Ballet Theatre on a full merit scholarship; under Directors Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. There Amanda culminated her training and bridged the gap to professional. At 15, Amanda received a full scholarship invitation from academy director Marina Leonova to train at the highest level at the Bolshoi Ballet academy in Moscow. Due to a pending offer to join ABT II, Amanda decided to stay in NY. She toured with ABT to several places including England, Swizterland, Italy and Spain. While at ABT, Amanda was awarded the Marjorie Isaacs Dancer award. In 2016, Amanda moved to London for a year, upon receiving an invitation to join a British Arts Council commission tour featuring Royal Ballet choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela. She was one of two women featured in his work and the piece premiered at the Royal Opera House and later toured to Scotland and Lebanon. De Oliveira has also been invited as a principal guest artists in productions and galas all over the US and internationally. Her repertoire includes the Sugarplum fairy in The Nutcracker, Medora in Le Corsair, a shade in La Bayadere, Lilac fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Allegro Brilliante, Interplay, Paquita and several roles in other classical and contemporary ballets. Amanda is an ABT curriculum certified teacher.
Ms. Zeiger enrolled in Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy at age 10; she joined the famed Bolshoi Ballet Company at age 18, under the direction of celebrated dancer and choreographer Yuri Grigorovich. Here she studied with Maria Semyonova and became respected as a dancer for her lyrical refinement and classical lines. She performed in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, The Golden Age, Ivan the Terrible, Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita, The Stone Flower, Spartacus, Carmen, and the sensual Legend of Love, one of Grigorovich’s first choreographic works. During this period, Natalya worked with internationally renowned choreographers Roland Petit, Mikhail Lavrovsky, and Vladimir Vasiliev and traveled to 36 countries, including Japan, the United States, Australia, and Europe. Ms. Zeiger earned her Master’s degree as a teacher from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and has been teaching in the United States since 1994. She currently teaches at The Rock School for Dance Education and has coached and staged ballets for the Academy’s pre-professional company. Also, she has staged many classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Chopeniana, Giselle, Le Corsaire, and Coppelia. Throughout the years, Ms. Zeiger has coached students for international ballet competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix, Moscow International Ballet Competition (IBC), Varna IBC, and Jackson IBC. Many of her students have won Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, landing them prestigious positions in companies such as American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, NYC Ballet, Houston Ballet, Royal Ballet in London, Finnish Ballet Company and Dresden Ballet Company. Since 2005, Natalya has been an official judge for the Youth American Grand Prix competition.
Katya Strelnikova was born in Moscow, Russia. She soon followed in the dancing footsteps of her mother who was a soloist with the Kirov Ballet. Upon graduation from acclaimed Perm Choreographic Academy, Katya joined the Moscow City Ballet, attaining soloist level in 1997 and danced featured roles in “Swan Lake”, “Giselle”, “Don Quixote”, “Nutcracker” and “Cinderella”.
Katya is the artistic director of Ballet Classique at N.Y.O.D. In 2013 and 2014 Ballet Classique qualified for finals in world known YAGP ballet competition and performed at Lincoln Center “Stars of Today Meet Stars of Tomorrow” Gala. Students of Ballet Classique were recognized by and accepted to summer intensive programs of Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Kirov Ballet Academy , Joffrey Ballet School, Gelsey Kirkland Academy. Her students have been accepted to number of prestigious schools like Buttler University, The University of Utah, Rutgers University, Adelphi University and many more.
Every year Ballet Classique’s students perform Ballet Production at the recital. Productions included parts from "Don Quixote", “Le Corsaire", "La Bayadere", “Giselle", "Sleeping Beauty", "Dr. Aibolit", "Coppelia", "Swan Lake", "Nutcracker”. Katya teaches Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary dance.
Keenan Kampa began dancing at the age of four. She studied at the Conservatory Ballet in Reston, Virginia and trained at Boston Ballet's Summer Dance Program and American Ballet Theater's summer intensive program (on scholarship).She entered the National Youth Ballet Competition in 2006 and won a gold medal. In 2007, when she was eighteen years old, she was invited to study at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, the first American to be admitted. After three years, she graduated at the top of her class and with a full academic and ballet diploma. She accepted a contract with Boston Ballet and after two seasons, she was invited to dance with the Mariinsky Theatre , becoming the first American in history to do so. Ms. Kampa recently appeared in the 2016 film High Strung as aspiring dancer “Ruby."
Alexandra started her ballet training in Miami, Florida and at the age of seven she continued her ballet training in Colombia with the Ana Pavlova Ballet Academy. She was 15 when received a full scholarship to join the San Francisco Ballet School where she was featured in Dance Magazine. In her second year she was invited to join San Francisco Ballet Company under the direction of Helgi Tomasson. After dancing with San Francisco Ballet, she moved back to Miami where she guested with the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, Americas Ballet, and Michel Uthoff Dance Theater among other companies. She joined the New World School of the Arts under the direction of Daniel Lewis where she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2004. In New York City, Alexandra has danced with Cedar Lake Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, The Metropolitan Opera, and Thomas Ortiz Dance Company. She is ABT Certified in Pre-Primary through Level 3 and has taught at the Peridance Center, Briansky’s Summer Program, Ballet Hispanico, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble.
Debbie Roshe was a Ford Foundation scholar at the School Of American Ballet and after completing college, went on to train at the Alvin Ailey School in NY (also on scholarship). She began working on Broadway, and as a performer she appeared in Woman of the Year with Lauren Bacall and Camelot with Richard Burton, and in the National Touring Companies of Song and Dance, La Cage Aux Folles, and West Side Story. Ms. Roshe currently teaches advanced jazz at Steps on Broadway NY and has taught for American Ballet Theatre, American Academy of Ballet, Yale Dancers and other dance programs locally and nationally.
Mr. Dvorovenko is a dance teacher in NYC specializing in character dance instruction. He is a native of Ukraine and a graduate of the State University of Art and the Kiev State Ballet School, Ukraine. He danced with Virsky Ukranian State Dance Company for 18 years in Russia and Ukraine, as well as in France ,Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Korea, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland. After his dance career, he began teaching at the Virsky Studio Company and the Ukranian State Ballet Academy in Kiev. Dvorovenko was also Founder, Director and Choreographer of Shumka Ballet Academy for Children where he also produced the Stars of Ukranian Circus. In the USA he has taught for Alvin Ailey, Dance Cavise, American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive, Houston Summer Intensive, Ellison Summer Intensive and the Max & Irina Summer Intensive.