I graduated Vaganova Academy in the class of Natalia Dudinskaya, actually in same class as Uliana Lopatkina. Natalia Dudinskaya is the last celebrated student of Vaganova, which i am very proud of and I try to carry and share the seed that she implanted in me everywhere I go.

After graduation I returned to my native Moscow to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet Company. While dancing with the Bolshoi I completed a degree in teaching classical ballet and repertoire under Sofia Golovkina and Petr Pestov ( their students include Malakhov, Tsiskaridze, Possokhov) in Moscow Choreography Institute.

Thereafter I immigrated to the USA and started a family, but still performed as a guest artist with small ballet companies Soon I was mainly pursuing my ballet teaching career and also developed an interest and later passion for Balanchine technique. So I took classes for a year with William Burmann and soon after started working for Diana White in Scarsdale ballet studio, who was working closely with the great Choreographer in NYCB. In 2008 I completed my PhD thesis with Moscow University of Culture.

We then relocated to Sydney for my husband’s work where I opened my own school: Anastasia’s Ballet School. After 4 years in Sydney we decided to take a break and travel the world and lived in Bali for 1 year and a half.

Now we returned to USA and currently residing in New York City. While living in Bali and traveling through Asia, I developed specialised seminars such as    “Beautiful Footwork” (3 hours of just foot technique), “Extra Pirouette” (3 hours just working on turns) and also a Character dance class.

Throughout my dancing and teaching career I was working, speaking, watching and rehearsing closely with the most prominent stars of Russian and American ballet (Maya Plisetskaya, Ruzimatov, Asilmuratova, Nina Timofeeva, Fadeechev, Kunakova, Vetrov, Stepanenko, Filin, Diana White, Gillian Murphy etc. I think I can say that I developed my own method by learning from the best dancers, rather then just following curriculum or teaching “by the book”. I was always obsessed with neat feet and technique that gives students leaner legs and body.

Principal roles

Paquita, Chopiniana, Esmeralda, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Grand Pas Classique.

Major Peroformances

Paquita, Chopiniana, Esmeralda, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Grand Pas Classique.