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About the Program


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About the Program


City Ballet School Men's/Boys' Program

City Ballet School–San Francisco’s Year-Round Men’s/Boys’ Program and Summer Intensive are dedicated to providing premier Vaganova training in true Russian style, for aspiring young male dancers. 

Director Nikolai Kabaniaev has a proven track record of developing young male students into professional dancers. Nikolai graduated from the famed Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and went on to dance with the Kirov/Mariinsky where he worked with some of the world's finest teachers directors and choreographers. He is dedicated to passing on his vast knowledge and expertise in classical ballet to each of his students.

Students receive individualized attention, in small classroom settings, with precise attention to detail. City Ballet’s Men’s/Boys’ Program offers classes in male technique, variations, partnering, contemporary, character, stretching and strengthening. In addition, boys will receive valuable experience while performing in City Ballet productions.


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Dear Students and Parents,

The Boys'/ Men’s program at City Ballet School - San Francisco is created to give aspiring young male dancers the opportunity to study classical ballet at  the highest standards of the Russian/Vaganova method of ballet training right here in the beautiful city of San Francisco.
We know that there are many different methods and techniques used to train dancers. Some are more popular than others, some are more thorough than others. Since Agrippina Vaganova standardized Russian ballet training in 1934, her training method has been conquering the world and producing followers in Europe, Americas and Asia. In Russia, the Vaganova method continues to develop with every new generation of teachers, dancers and choreographers. For Russians, the Vaganova method is not a dogmatic set of rules but, rather, a guideline based on more than two centuries of accumulated knowledge and experience in training exceptional classical ballet dancers. When approached creatively, this method is infused with new knowledge and ideas from today's ballet world resulting in a perfect dancer on tomorrow's stage.
Our Boy's/Men’s program is designed to produce the highest caliber male ballet dancers for professional ballet companies around the USA and abroad. The program is based on consistent, systematized training. It is extremely logical, detailed and complete. Once students master this method, they're fully prepared to dance any kind of repertoire, but most importantly, it equips them with the right tools to execute classical ballet at the highest level of technique."

Nikolai Kabaniaev


Please click below to read the 2014 article in Dance Studio Life about Nikolai and our boys program:

http://www.dancestudiolife.com/ballet-scene-crazy-for-ballet/

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Beginning and Intermediate Levels


Beginning and Intermediate Levels


Beginning and Intermediate Levels

“I can not emphasize more how extremely important the first few years of professional classical ballet training are. One can compare them with the first few years in a life of a newly born baby - first impressions, first steps, first words. That’s when the foundation for the successful future is laid.
  Same goes with the classical ballet training. The strong foundation is the key for the student to, eventually, realize his fullest potential. That’s when flexibility, strength andcoordination are developed and at the same time technique, artistry and love for the profession are cultivated and carefully taught.
  In my Beginning and Intermediate Levels I’m not only following the proven method but most importantly, I look at every student as an individual with his own qualities and challenges.  My initial goal is to help every single boy in the class to acquire a strong, solid foundation, both physically and mentally, in order to become the best classical ballet dancer they can ever be”.

Nikolai Kabaniaev

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Awards and Accolades


Awards and Accolades


Youth America Grand Prix

2017

San Francisco, CA - Semifinals

  • Michelina Hanlon - 2nd Place Senior Women Classical, Top 12 Contemporary
  • Elisabeth Raczek - Top 24 Senior Women Classical
  • Yuki Koch - Top 12 - Junior Women Classical
  • Roman Aldrete - 3rd Place Junior Men Classical 
  • Hank Lichtmacher Top 12 - Pre Competitive
  • Galina Alexandrova - Outstanding Teacher Award (her 5th)
  • Nikolai Kabaniaev - Outstanding Teacher Award

2016

San Francisco, CA - Semifinals

  • Matisse D'Aloisio - 1st Place Senior Women Classical Division 
  • Diego Altimarano 1st Place Senior Men Classical Division 
  • Hyuma Kiyosawa - 1st Place Junior Classical Division 
  • Matisse D'Aloisio / Wojciech Ogloza 1st Place Pas de Deux/Ensemble Division
  • Wojciech Ogloza - 3rd Place Senior Men Classical Division
  • City Ballet School Outstanding School Award

2015

New York, NY - Finals

  • Rio Anderson - Over-all Silver Medalist, Final Round (Senior Division) -  Awarded Apprenticeship to Dutch National Ballet, awarded Full Scholarship to Royal Ballet - London, England.
  • Nastia Alexandrova - competed in the final round of New York Finals (Senior Division)

San Francisco, CA - Semifinals

  • Rio Anderson -  "Grand Prix" Award winner
  • Nastia Alexandrova -   1st Place Senior Women Classical Division. 2nd Place Senior Contemporary Division

Galina Alexandrova - Outstanding Teacher Award (her 4th)

 

2014 - Did not compete as City Ballet students study in Moscow at Bolshoi Academy

 

2013

San Diego, CA - Semifinals

  • Jennifer Wang - 1st Place Senior Women Classical Division
  • Katia Alexandrova - 3rd Place Senior Women Classical Division
  • Galina Alexandrova - Outstanding Teacher Award (her 3rd)

2011

San Francisco, CA - Semifinals

  • Jeraldine Mendoza 1st Place Senior Women Classical Division
  • Katherine Newton Dickson - 2nd Place  Senior Women Classical Division
  • Jennifer Wang/Julian Lacey - 1st Place Pas de Deux/Ensemble Division
  • Jeraldine Mendoza/Julian Lacey - 2nd Place Pas de Deux/Ensemble Division
  • Galina Alexandrova - Outstanding Teacher Award (her 2nd)

2010

New York, NY - Finals

  • Emma Rubinowitz - competed in the final round of New York Finals (Senior Division)

San Francisco, CA - Semifinals

  • Emma Rubinowitz - 2nd Place Senior Women Classical Division
  • Gemma Prater - 3rd Place Senior Women Classical Division
  • Emma Rubinowitz/Alex Reneff-Olson - 1st Place Pas de Deux/Ensemble Division
  • Galina Alexandrova - Outstanding Teacher Award (her 1st)

2008

San Francisco, CA - Semifinals

  • Miko Fogarty - Hope Award Winner Junior Division 

2007

San Francisco, CA - Semifinals

  • Grace Lee Grant - Hope Award Winner Junior Division

Accolades

  • 2015 City Ballet School Alumni Jeraldine Mendoza graces the cover of Dance Magazine's May issue
  • 2015 Galina Alexandrova, Artistic Director, graces the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine's November issue 
  • 2013 City Ballet chosen as one of only two stops to visit while on tour in the United States by staff and administration of Beijing Dance Academy
  • 2013 Boys Program Director Nikolai Kabaniaev is featured in an article in Dance Studio Life
  • 2012 City Ballet School chosen from 95 participating schools throughout the U.S. and Canada to open the Regional Dance of America's National Festival
  • 2010 Graduated the first two American females ever from Moscow's renowned Bolshoi Academy (Russian class) 
  • 2009 City Ballet School Performs at the Bolshoi Academy, Moscow for students & teachers
  • 2008 City Ballet School is awarded best piece, "With Time We Go", Choreographer Yuri Zhukov at Regional Dance of America Festival in Long Beach, CA

Advanced Level


Advanced Level