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Faculty & Staff

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Principle of Ballet & Classical DanceAnna Kaplunova

Born in 1997 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

At age 11 Anna started professional training at the world renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia and performed at the Mariinsky theatre.

In 2016 Anna graduated Vaganova Academy and joined Mikhailovsky ballet, Saint Petersburg as a company member danced solo and corps de ballet roles in classical and neoclassical productions (“Swan Lake”, “Giselle”, “Sleeping beauty”, “Don Quixote”).

In 2018 she received a bachelor’s degree in performing arts (Vaganova Academy) and toured with the Mikailovsky ballet performing in China, the United States and Japan.

A passionate performer and dedicated, highly technical teacher, she was mentored by some of the best and most influential ballet instructors from around the world.

Principle of Ballet & Contemporary ArtsAlisher Khasanov

Alisher Khasanov is an award-winning Choreographer and Director of the 11th International Choreography Competition and the First Russian Folk Dance Competition, in Moscow, Russia. He is the artistic director and inspiration behind the theatre movement 'Mime- Orchestra". Mr. Khasanov has degrees both from the School of Choreography, in Almaty, Kazakhstan and the prestigious Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS), in Moscow Russia.

After working as a dancer both in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Mr. Khasanov turned to directing. As a choreographer, he participated in various international projects, including the Center of Dramatic Arts in Shanghai, International Chekhov Festival and the 'Gesher' Theater Israel. He has choreographed productions for theatres, such as the Bolshoi Theater in Russia, Opera and Ballet Theater Chelyabinsk and many others. He was the choreographer for the Russian National figure skating team and the Artistic Director of Tzvetnoy Boulevard Circus, touring both England and Japan. From 2002 to 2009 Alisher Khasanov was the head choreographer and the artistic director of Moscow Children's Music and Drama Theater.
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Principle of Ballet & Classical DanceMatisse Love

Matisse Love is a 23 year old professional Ballerina, Actress and Teacher.

Matisse began her ballet career at age 7 under the direction of the Kirov Ballet Soloist Marat Daukayev in Los Angeles. At 12 she was cast as “Matisse” as a series regular on ABC Family’s TV show Bunheads created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of Gilmore Girls and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

At 14 she co-starred in the Academy Award nominated Documentary Getting to the Nutcracker, created by Serene Meshel-Dillman. At 16 Matisse was cast as the Cinderella ballet model for Mariinsky’s Production of Cinderella at the Dorothy Chandler Music Pavilion appearing in several Billboards throughout Los Angeles. She is a ballet model for The Pointe Shop stores in CA.

At 16 Matisse won a ballet scholarship to train at Juilliard in New York with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. There, she won 1st Place in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s summer competition and was then offered to study at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. She studied and trained in the highest Russian class, graduated in 1.5 years and achieved the highest grades. She speaks fluent Russian.

Matisse went on to compete in national and international ballet competitions, winning 1st and 2nd place awards. She was named “Laureate” after winning 2nd place at the Azerbaijan International Competition in Baku and was the only American to compete.

Principle of Ballet & DanceLilit Kurinyan

Mrs. Lilit Kurinyan is a professional Vaganova trained ballet artist and instructor. Beginning her dancing carrier at age 5, Lilit elevated her training to become a world-renowned professional dancer. Performing at top ballet companies throughout Armedia, Russia and Europe including dancing as a soloist in most famous ballets, such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, and Cinderella.

A passionate performer and dedicated teacher, she was fortunate to be educated and mentored by some of the best ballet instructors from around the world, including many amazing teachers who were graduates of world-famous schools such as Vaganova and Bolshoi.

“I use Vaganova method of teaching. I pay close attention to the proper placement of the hips, feet, and head, stretched out knees, legs, and long lines. I also find musically and proper dynamics crucial for executing each step correctly. I adjust my classes accordingly to the student's needs and goals. I’m capable of making my classes very academic and physically challenging as well as easy and fun.”

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Principle of Ballet & DanceMaghan Lalor

Maghan Lalor is a freelance performing artist, dance teacher and stretching instructor. She specializes in dance, active stretching and rhythmic gymnastics. Currently performing with the LA follies in a variety of roles which include dance, Rhythmic Gymnastics, bubble sphere, poi and other specialties. Previously, Maghan was a dancer, acrobat and trainer for AidaNova, the fifth largest cruise ship in the world. She was featured in Tokyo’s Revenge, Gotham City music video as Flexy, an Elastic Girl inspired character. In Rhythmic Gymnastics Maghan reached the rank of Level 10 elite and was ranked in the top 10 of the United States and competed Internationally.

Maghan has a BFA in dance from the Fordham University/Alvin Ailey School Program and have studied dance at The Alvin Ailey School, Orange County High School for The Arts, Hubbard Street Dance Center, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

She has a passion for teaching and sharing all the knowledge and experience that has evolved over time with other professional performing artists. She has taught dance and coached rhythmic gymnastics since 16 and have taught people of all ages how to dance, including extensive work with guiding those disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease using dance as an outlet.

Principle of Ballet & DanceYelena Zerkovska

Mrs. Yelena Zerkovska is Ukrainian-American professional Vaganova trained ballet artist and instructor. Beginning her dancing carrier at age 5, Yelena elevated her training to become a world-renowned professional dancer. Performing at top ballet companies throughout the Unites States and Europe including dancing as a soloist in most famous ballets, such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, and Cinderella.

A passionate performer and dedicated teacher, she was fortunate to be educated and mentored by some of the best ballet instructors from around the world, including many amazing teachers who were graduates of world-famous schools such as Vaganova, Bolshoi, Perm, Cuban and Joffrey. Yelena Zerkovska holds a BFA from a prestigious school, North Carolina School of the Art and is a primary ballet teacher at The Grand Academy of Ballet.

“I use Vaganova method of teaching. I pay close attention to the proper placement of the hips, feet, and head, stretched out knees, legs, and long lines. I also find musically and proper dynamics crucial for executing each step correctly. I adjust my classes accordingly to the student's needs and goals. I’m capable of making my classes very academic and physically challenging as well as easy and fun.”

Yelena Zerkovska
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Principle of Academy & MediaArsen Serobian

He trained at the Moscow Academy of Choreography under Professor Alexander Bondarenko. Upon graduation in 1995. In 1997, Arsen moved to the United States and continued performing with several dance companies (in many cases as a guest artist) and dance schools including Chicago Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet, Canton Ballet, Ohio Ballet, San Francisco Dance Theatre, Oakland Ballet, Petaluma Ballet, Media City Ballet, and many others. His repertory includes: La Bayadere, Raymonda, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker (Lead Prince), Mozart, Sleeping Beauty (Blue Bird), and Le Corsair (Conrad).

Arsen was awarded the prestigious 2004 Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for his stunning portrayal of the leading role of Komitas in the Djanbazian Dance Company's critically acclaimed performance of the full-length ballet Komitas "Kroong Bnaver."

In 2005, he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and is currently a professional actor and dancer based out of Hollywood.

Fitness & Conditioning CoachNicole Mezheritsky

The 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 Level 6, 7 & 8 Region 1 Coach of the year and a rising elite level USA Rhythmic Gymnastics coach, Nicole was a California State Champion and Member of the Region 1 Junior Olympic team, prize winner and Grand Champion of many local, state and national competitions.
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Dance, Fitness & Conditioning CoachEllina Tregubova

Region 1 Coach of the year and one of the top coaches in the United States, Ellina was a Russian National Champion and former member of the Russian National Federation, participating and prizewinning in numerous World Cup Championships and international competitions. Ellina is a master at teaching equipment handling skills and developing high level routines.

Fitness & Conditioning CoachNatalia Godunko

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MUTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST DANCER / YOGI MOVEMENT INNOVATORPola Rubis

Pola is wellness and movement coach with over 15 years of experience in dance, Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Mat, Cadillac, and Post-Injury Pilates. Ms. Rubis is well-versed in the areas of anatomy, athletic injury prevention, and recovery and body conditioning.

Pola is ex soloist of ballet Todes and Street Jazz (Moscow), Colorado Ballet Academy, ex-student of Bruno Vandelli Academy in Cannes, lead dancer in various internarial films and music videos. She has more than 5 years of experience in body and face healing and anti-aging therapies.
She is CEO of the Rubis Dancing Yoga and unique style of Neosutras.

Pola trained and danced in all kinds of styles: jazz, modern, contemporary, tribal dance and hip-hop.

- Wellness and movement coach with over 15 years of experience.
- Choreographer that trained and danced in styles: jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, body isolation.

WELLNESS INOVATOR MUTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST SAG - AFTRA ACTOR DANCER / YOGILamonte Goode

Lamonte Goode - more commonly known as just @cyberyoga - is the artist director, founder and creator of a type of movement that some would say "defies gravity". "Cyber" is an acronym for calisthenics, yoga, breakdance, evolution, revolution and beyond. Lamonte is a world known dancer, performer in break dance, modern, stunt tricking, acrobatics styles.

Wellness and movement coach with over 20 years of experience.

Choreographer that trained and danced in styles: break dance, contemporary, acrobatics.

Founder and creator of innovative yoga genre: “CYBERYOGA”

Lead dancer at films: You Got Served | Step Up2 | In The Mix

Lead dancer at projects with: Christina Aguilera | Snoop Dog | Eminem | Rihanna | Shakira | Missy Elliot | Destiny’s Child

Lead role in commercials: NIKE | PUMA | GAP
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MUTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST DANCERJason Sensation

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Nikolai Kaplunov

MANAGER

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Yelena Mezheritsky

OPERATIONS

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Katrine Mezheritsky

MEDIA

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Serge Mezheritsky

PRESIDENT

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