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Universal Ballet Academy


4301 Harewood Road NE
Washington DC, Washington, USA

I was quite excited when I was invited in 1990 by President George Bush to come to America and help create a world class ballet academy. The Kirov Academy opened in September 1990, and has rapidly become a focus of international attention. An internationally recognized faculty train aspiring young dancers in a pedagogy based on that of the Vaganova Ballet Academy and the performance aesthetic of The Kirov Ballet (now the Maryinsky). Such training has produced many of this century's most exceptional dancers, including Pavlova, Nijinsky, Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Makarova, and Sizova. The Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C.has provided an unprecedented opportunity for artistic and cultural exchange between Russia and the United States. Leaders of both nations have lauded this joint venture. My experience as the Artistic Director of the Kirov Ballet has allowed me to share much of the rich cultural heritage of Russian classical ballet with the rest of the world. Since I am also the Artistic Director of the Universal Ballet Company, a close working relationship exists between the company and the academy, allowing students unique performance opportunities....

School Focus:
  • Arts Boarding School
  • Junior Boarding School
Grades Offered: 6 to 12
School Type: Co-ed
Religious Affiliation: All Religions Welcome
Post-Grad Year: No
Saturday Classes: No
Classroom Dress Code: n/a
Average Class Size: 25 Students
ESL Courses: No
Summer Program: No