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.
Ms. Dubrovina was born and raised in Ufa, Russia and graduated with honors from the Academy of Arts and Culture, Samara (Russia) with degree Ballet Master, Teacher of Choreographic Disciplines. She is the Conservatory’s stretch and conditioning instructor as well as rhythmic gymnastics - a non-acrobatic program focused on building coordination and musicality. She has trained performers who have gone on to tour with the Cirque de Soleil, models and professional dancers of all genres.
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.
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."
Ms. Buechele was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. In 1997 she graduated in Irina Savelieva's class at the State Ballet College of Republic of Belarus (Vaganova system). Upon graduation she joined National Dance Company of Belarus as company member and soloist performing around the world including Spain, Germany, Italy, China, Taiwan and the USA. After graduating from the Institute of Modern Knowledge, Minsk with Bachelor's degree in Ballet Pedagogy & Choreography Anastasiya began her teaching career at State Ballet College of Republic of Belarus in 2001. After moving to the United States, she has taught at Dancer's Advantage Ballet School, Denver School of the Arts, Russian Ballet School, Classical Ballet Academy, Point Dance Academy and others. She was a co- founder and Artistic Director of Dance Legacy Ballet School. Since year 2010 she is faculty member and Assistant to Artistic Director at Denver Ballet Theatre as well as finishing her Masters Degree in Pedagogy of Classical Ballet at Vaganova's Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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.
Marie Fichaux studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School and the Teatro alla Scala Ballet School in Milan where she graduated. Ms. Fichaux performed with the Teatro alla Scala Ballet, the Royal Ballet of London as a first artist and as a first soloist for La Compania Nacional de danza directed by Nacho Duato. Further on, she was chosen as a main soloist for several American companies including NYCB, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre & Friends and internationally for the French Opera houses. She also toured intensively with Le Ballet Classique de Paris, the European Ballet and the Victor Ullate Ballet among others. As a choreographer, Ms. Fichaux created pieces for the Alvin Ailey and Fordham BFA program, the Exit 12 Dance company and the Westchester Ballet. She is a gold medalist of the Carpeaux International Competition, the Acqui in Palcoscenico Competition and the Premio Internazionale Danza Giovanni, Italy. In 2017, she was awarded the Extraordinary Dancer award at the Italian International Dance Festival of New York. Ms. Fichaux earns a Master Degree in Languages and Foreign Literatures (IULM Milan/Unige Geneva), a Master Degree in Dance in Education from the Centre National de la Danse in Paris and is a Ph.D. recipient in Dance Pedagogy from the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon, France.
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.