We are incredibly proud to announce that we will be taking a group of students to study for one week in February at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia - for the third time!!! Artistic Director of City Ballet School, Galina Alexandrova (pictured), received her training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and went on to dance in the Bolshoi Ballet company before moving to San Francisco. Now, she is able to share a taste of this unique experience with her students. Our top three levels will not only take classes at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, but will also see shows, be exposed to Russian culture, and most importantly get an understanding of where their own training comes from. Russia here we come!
Congratulations to City Ballet School Alumna, Aryssa Alonzo, who will be joining the Cocodaco Dance Project as an Apprentice this fall!
Congratulations to City Ballet Alumna, Matisse D'Aloisio, who has just signed a contract with Atlanta Ballet II for the 2017/18 season! Matisse has trained at City Ballet School since the age of six. It is because of her dedication, hard work, and natural talent that she has been cast in solo roles such as Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, Peasant Variation in Giselle, Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, and the title role in Raymonda. We are so proud of you, Matisse!
Congratulations to City Ballet's pre-professional student, Diego Altamirano, on receiving the silver medal in the professional division at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL this past week. Even as the youngest competitor in his category, Diego stood out on stage with meticulous coaching by men's director Nikolai Kabaniaev. Congratulations to both of you, we are so proud of you!
Congratulations to City Ballet School Alumnus, Julian Lacey, who has been promoted to Second Soloist at Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany!! Julian also just premiered as Albrecht in David Dawson's Giselle - we are all very proud of you, Julian!
Congratulations to City Ballet Alumna, Nastia Alexandrova, who has recently been promoted to the Corps de Ballet with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York! We are so proud of you!
Master Vaganova teacher Marianna Lobanova has been added to the staff for the Summer Intensive. Marianna has a Bachelor's degree in Pedigogy from the Vaganva Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. Madame Lobanova holds a Master's degree from GITIS, a prestigious state institute of Theater Arts in Moscow, Russia.
We welcome her expertise to what is already an already incredible staff.
City Ballet has recently been featured in a recent article by The World Dances titled: Students and Classical Ballet Thrive at City Ballet School, by Tamara Johnson:
"Students from City Ballet School have enjoyed tremendous success, joining prestigious companies and winning competitions. Yet, until recently, the school was almost a secret. Artistic Director Galina Alexandrova quietly and passionately applies her decades of experience with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Bolshoi Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet to instilling classical ballet excellence in her students. City Ballet School also boasts a year-round boys' program, led by former Kirov soloist, teacher, and choreographer Nikolai Kabaniaev. You can learn more about his pedagogy for young men and watch his remarkable students in action in this video . You can also learn about the school's summer program here. The World Dances spoke with Ken Patsel, City Ballet School's Administrative Director and husband of Galina, about the school's methods, Vaganova technique, advice for dancers, and more."
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City Ballet student Aryssa Alonzo will be joining The Joffrey Ballet this fall as a Trainee!
City Ballet student Zoe Donnenfield will join the Fellowship Program at Atlanta Ballet this fall!
City Ballet School and international superstar Yuan Yuan Tan, principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, have collaborated to welcome students ages 6-10 from Shanghai, China, to our studios.
The Shanghai students will observe our own dancers Saturday, July 9th, and take a master class taught by Marina Alexandrova (9:30am - 11am) Sunday, July 10th. The students will do a small performance after the Sunday class (11am-12pm), both to which we welcome all to observe. Following the performance, Ms. Tan will sign autographs for anyone in attendance.
Admission will be limited and granted on a first-come-first-served basis. Join us by listing your name on the sign up sheet, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
In January 2016, pre-professional student, Nastia Alexandrova, was accepted by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie into the American Ballet Theatre studio company in New York. After a few short months, Nastia was promoted to apprentice with the company in May 2016. Congratulations, Nastia! We are very proud of you and all your accomplishments.