Zhanna Ayupova - Artistic Director of the Vaganova Ballet Academy Zhanna Ayupova
Artistic Director of the Vaganova Ballet Academy
First Vice-rector of the Vaganova Ballet Academy
Zhanna Ayupova was born in Petrozavodsk. In 1984 she graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic School (coached by Ninel Kurgapkina) and was invited to become a member of the Kirov Ballet Company (Mariinsky Theatre). From 1987 Zhanna Aupova appeared as a featured soloist with the company preforming both lyric and dramatic parts. From 2000 to 2013 she had been coaching ballet dancers at the Mikhailovsky Theatre.

From 2013 – First Vice-rector and Artistic Director of the Vaganova Ballet Academy.

Over the course of her dance career Zhanna Ayupova has performed a great number of roles in major classical and neo-classical works. Her most prominent roles include Giselle (Giselle), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Marie (The Nutcracker), Raymonda (Raymonda), Kitri (Don Quixote), Nikiya (La Bayadère), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Manon (Manon), Soloist (Theme and Variations), Soloist (Symphony in C), Terpsichore (Apollo), Young Lady (Le Spectre de la Rose) and many others.

Zhanna Ayupova is a prize winner of the Moscow International Ballet Competition (1985).

In 2008 she was honored with the title People's Artist of Russia.
Oliver Matz - Director of Zurich Dance Academy Oliver Matz
Director of Zurich Dance Academy
Oliver has received numerous national and international awards
Oliver Matz received his ballet training at the State Ballet School of Berlin and joined the State Opera of Germany in 1980, serving the company as a soloist and international ambassador for 25 years.

Oliver has received numerous national and international awards, such as the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna and the gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Helsinki and Jackson.

In recognition of his outstanding artistic achievements, he was appointed Berliner Kammertänzer by the Berlin Culture Senator in 1995, being the first dancer to receive this honor. For his achievements throughout his career, he was appointed Honorary Member of the State Opera of Germany in 2004.

Renowned figures and internationally famous choreographers such as Ray Barra, Patrice Bart, Michael Baryshnikov, Maurice Béjart, William Forsythe, Pierre Lacotte, Hans van Manen, Rudolf Nurejew, Roland Petit, Uwe Scholz, Yuri Vamos and Wladimir Wassiljev created roles for him as well as reinterpretations of classic narrative ballets.

He has danced around the world as a guest artist and in international galas, including performances with internationally renowned ballet companies such as the American Ballet Theater in New York, the Bavarian State Ballet, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the National Ballet of Finland, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet of London and the Stuttgart Ballet.

He has also danced with leading international dancers such as Eva Evdokimova, Isabelle Guérin, Sylvie Guillem, Evelyn Hart, Margaret Illmann, Alessandra Ferri, Ludmilla Semenjaka and Steffi Scherzer.

In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a chief executive, he enjoys great success as a teacher in Zurich Dance Academy, teaching ballet classes for boys. Many of his students participate in world-renowned companies and have won important prizes in the main international ballet competitions.

He has been a member of the Prix de Lausanne Jury 2018.
Steffi Scherzer - Artistic Director of Zurich Dance Academy Steffi Scherzer
Artistic Director of Zurich Dance Academy
Classical Dance, Pointe Work, Classical Repertoire
After training at the State Ballet School Berlin for seven years, Steffi Scherzer joined the German State Opera Berlin, where she was appointed prima ballerina in 1984.

She has danced the leading parts and title roles of the entire classical and neoclassical repertoire. Steffi has won numerous major prizes and awards at both national and international ballet competitions, as well as received many acclaimed performing arts and critics awards. She has made guest appearances around the world, and has worked with many of the most renowned choreographers such as Rudolf Nurejev, Patrice Bart, Maurice Béjart, William Forsythe, Pierre Lacotte, Roland Petit, and Uwe Scholz. She is an honorary member of the German State Opera Berlin and is one of Germany’s most outstanding classical dancers. Steffi's students have achieved top places and won many prizes at national and international competitions.
Carolina Borrajo - Teacher of Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier Shool Carolina Borrajo
Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier Shool
Former soloist dancer at the Bonn Opera, at the Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden and at the Lucerne Theatre
Carolina Borrajo was born in Zaragoza, Spain. She was trained at the María de Ávila Ballet School in her native town and at the School of the Hamburg Ballet.

After her first engagement at the Ballet Clasico de Zaragoza, she was a soloist at Bonn Opera, at the Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden and at the Lucerne Theatre. She received her diploma as a children's dance teacher and stage dance teacher at the State University of Performing Arts in Mannheim.

In August 2008 she took up a position on the teaching faculty of the School of the Hamburg Ballet.

Borrajo will attend Russian Masters Ballet Camp as representative of the Ballet School of Hamburg, to do auditions for the students.
Olga Rozanova by Nikolay Krusser Olga Rozanova
Phd. in History of Arts
Formerly a dancer, teacher and choreographer
Now she is lecturer in theoretical disciplines: the history of ballet, ballet criticism, ballet composition, analysis of the ballet performance. O. Rozanova created her own author’s curriculum.

Participant of Russian and international scientific symposia. The authors of several books and more than four hundred articles about ballet published in Russian and foreign editions. Winner of the prize of the magazine "Ballet" "Soul of Dance" in the nomination "Press Leader" (2017).

She is the author of lecture series on ballet art at the Mikhailovsky and Mariinsky theaters. Published in Europe, USA, Mexico.
Maria Khoreva by Anastasiya Livun - First Soloist Maria Khoreva
Mariinsky Theatre First Soloist
Vaganova Academy graduated
Maria Khoreva is one of the greatest promises of the ballet world in many years. Graduated in 2018 at the Vaganova Academy with the class of the famous professor Lyudmila Kovaleva, Khoreva joined the Mariinsky Ballet Theatre that same year.

In October 2018, she danced the lead role in Paquita, something extremely unusual for such a recent graduate, and at the end of the month she was promoted from Dance Corps to First Soloist, a rank just one step below the main dancer.

Forming part of the Mariinsky for only a few months, her repertoire with the company already includes: The Nutcracker, Masha; Paquita, Paquita; Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora (Rose Adagio); Apollo, Terpsichore; Don Quixote, Queen of the Dryads; Jewels, Diamonds; Le Corsaire, Trio of Odalisques; Lake of the swans, Friends of the princess.

She has also toured the United States and Italy.

More information is on the website of the Mariinsky theatre.
Ivan Vasiliev - Principal dancer Ivan Vasiliev
Principal dancer with Mikhailovsky theatre
Guest star principal with Bolshoi theatre
Honoured Artist of Russia
Winner of multiple international awards
Born in Vladivostok, he studied at the Dnepropetrovsk Ballet School in Ukraine and later at the Belarus State Ballet School in Minsk, graduating in 2006. While still a student, Vasiliev danced Basilio in Don Quixote and Ali in Le Corsaire with the Belarus National Ballet. In 2006, he was invited to join the Bolshoi Ballet as a soloist, making his debut with the Company, at the age of 17, as Basilio in Don Quixote. He was promoted to principal dancer in 2010.

In 2011, he joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet as a principal dancer. Vasiliev’s repertoire with the Mikhailovsky includes principal roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, ou Les Wilis, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Laurencia, La Sylphide, The Flames of Paris, Le Corsaire, Spartacus, and his own ballets.

In 2012–2013, Ivan Vasiliev was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. In 2015, he made his debut as a choreographer with his Ballet no. 1. In 2016, he staged the one-act ballets Morphine, Blind Affair, and Bolero and the full-length ballet A Christmas Carol which are included in the repertoire of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. In May 2016, Vasiliev’s ballet Love is All Around premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and in February 2017 – at the Mikhailovsky Theatre.

He has been recognized for his artistic excellence at the international ballet competitions in Varna, Moscow, and Perm. He is also the winner of the Triumph Youth Prize, British Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, and the Benois de la Danse Award. In 2014, he was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia.
Xander Parish by Natasha Razina - Principal Dancer Xander Parish
Principal Dancer at Mariinsky Teatre
Dancer at Royal Ballet of London
Graduated at Royal Ballet School
Xander was born in England, and studied at there at the Royal Ballet School. After the School he joined The Royal Ballet Company, in August 2005. Here Xander's repertoire included: 'The Sleeping Beauty' (Lilac Fairy Cavalier), 'The Nutcracker' (Arabian Dance, Waltz of the Flowers), 'Swan Lake' (Cadets, Mazurka), 'La Fille Mal Gardee' (Colas' Friends), 'Les Patineurs' (Brown Boys), McGregor's 'Dido and Aeneas' and Fenton's 'Song Without Words' and 'Seacastles'. Xander created roles in Wheeldon's 'DGV: danse a grand vitesse', Tuckett's 'The Seven Deadly Sins' and Fenton's 'Monument'. He also choreographed for The Royal Ballet's 'Draftworks' program.

In 2009, Xander was invited to join The Mariinsky Ballet by its ballet director Yuri Fateyev and joined the company in January 2010 aged 23 as its first and only British dancer. His repertoire includes: Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Count Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Desiré (The Sleeping Beauty), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), The Nutcracker Prince (The Nutcracker ch. Vainonen), Vronsky (Anna Karenina ch. Ratmansky), Jean de Brienne (Raymonda), Male Principal (Le Parc), Vaslav (The Fountain of Bakhchiserai), Andrés (Paquita), The Golden Slave (Scheherazade), The Poet (Chopiniana/Les Sylphides), John the Baptist (Salome ch. Faski), Ashton's Sylvia (Aminta) and Marguerite & Armand (Armand), Balanchine ballets including Apollo, Jewels (Emeralds & Diamonds), Serenade (Waltz, Elegy) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius), Hans Van Manen's 'Adagio Hammerklavier' & 'Variations For Two Couples', Millepied's 'Without' & 'La nuit s'achève' and McGregor's 'Infra'. His repertoire as a guest artist also includes Gauthier's 'Ballet 101', 'Le Spectre de la Rose', and Ashton's 'The Dream' (Oberon).

Xander has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet to Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Oman, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the USA, and has been a guest artist with English National Ballet, The Kremlin Ballet, The Ballet Company of the Opera National Bucharest, The Stanislavsky Ballet and has also performed with 'Roberto Bolle and Friends'.

Xander was the recipient of the Taglioni Award in the category “Best Young Male Dancer” (Berlin, 2014), the recipient of the Léonide Massine Prize in the category “Emerging Talent on the International Scene" (Positano, Italy, 2014) and won the UK Critics' Circle National Dance Awards 'Outstanding Male Performance (Classical)' category for 'Apollo' 2014.

In May 2016 Xander made his debut with American Ballet Theatre at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York as an ABT Exchange Artist dancing the role of Aminta in Ashton's 'Sylvia' partnering ABT Principal Isabella Boylston. In January 2017 The University of Hull bestowed on Xander an Honorary Degree "Doctor of the University, honoris causa".

More information on the website of Mariisky theatre.
Maria Vinogradova - Leading Soloist Maria Vinogradova
Leading soloist with Bolshoi theatre
Born in Moscow. In 2006, she graduated from the Moscow Ballet Academy, and joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. She rehearsed with Tatiana Golikova. Now she is rehearsing with Nina Semizorova.

In repertoire:
  • Phrygia, sweetheart to Spartacus (Grigorovich’s Spartacus);
  • Anastasia (Grigorovich’s Ivan the Terrible);
  • Myrtha, the Queen of Wilis (Vladimir Vasiliev’s Giselle);
  • Giselle (Grigorovich’s Giselle);
  • Olga (John Cranko’s Onegin);
  • Princess Shireen (Grigorovich’s A Legend of Love);
  • Sylphide (Johan Kobborg’s La Sylphide);
  • Bella (Yuri Possokhov’s A Hero of Our Time);
  • Marie (Grigorovich’s Nutcracker)

And many others

More information on the page of the Bolshoi theatre.
Leonid Sarafanov - Principal star Leonid Sarafanov
Principal star at the Mikhailovsky Theater
Benois awarded
First Prize in the Moscow International Competition
First Prize in the International Competition of Paris
International guest artist
Leonid Sarafanov is one of the biggest stars of the moment. Globally acclaimed by the public and critics.

He has received numerous international awards of first level such as the BENOIS AWARD (known as the Oscar of Dance), First Prize in the Moscow International Competition, First Prize in the International Competition of Paris, prize in Rudolf Nureyev International Competition in Budapest and many others.

In 2000 Leonid graduated from Kiev State Academy of Choreography and entered as a soloist the National Ballet of Ukraine. After that he began his work at the Mikhailovsky Theater where he is currently the principal star.
Ivan Zaitsev - Principal artist of Mikhailovsky theatre Ivan Zaytsev
Principal artist of Mikhailovsky theatre
Former principal artist of Eifman Ballet
In 2011 Ivan Zaytsev joined the ballet company of one of the best theatres of the world - Mikhailovsk, where very soon he became a Principal dancer, his repertoire includes solo and principal roles in La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, Cipollino, Don Quixote, Laurencia, The Flames of Paris, La Fille mal gardée, and Class Concert
as well as productions of Nacho Duato The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness, Prelude, Invisible, and White Darkness. Ivan has toured with the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company to Japan, USA, Germany etc.

He start his career from Krasnodar Ballet School in 1997 and while studying he was training at the Yury Grigorovich Ballet Theatre where he performed roles in the ballets Spartacus, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, The Golden Age, The Nutcracker, and Cipollino.
In 2002 Ivan graduated from Krasnodar Ballet School and entered the Department of Choreography at St. Petersburg State University for Culture and Arts.
After graduation from the University in 2007, he joined Leonid Jacobson Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg, where he danced Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Jose (Passion for Carmen), Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince (The Nutcracker), Albrecht (Giselle), and Rodin (The Kiss).

After participation in the 11th Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2009, he was invited to join Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre. Ivan´s parties in Eifman Ballet were:
  • Basil in Don Quixote, 
  • Onegin in Onegin, 
  • Vronsky in Anna Karenina, 
  • Ekaterina´s son in Russian Hamlet, 
  • The Prince,
  • The Young man & The Joker in Chaikovsky.


More information on the website of the Mikhailovsky theatre.





Slava Tutukin - Deputy Artistic Director and Manager of Ballett Dormtund and NRW Junior Slava Tutukin
Deputy Artistic Director and Manager of Ballet Dortmund and NRW Junior
Former Soloist at the Mikhailovsky, Magdeburg, Aalto Ballet Theatre Theatres
Winner of prestigious awards
Graduated from Vaganova Academy
The current Deputy Artistic Director and Manager of Ballett Dormtund and NRW Junior, Slava Tutukin, has been one of the best contemporary representatives of the Vaganova expression in all its glory. Tutukin has been a real star of classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballet and now he manages some of the most impotant ballet companies of Germany.

We are glad of having this special guest, that will give a talk about Professional Orientation and will be one of the invited directors for Ballet Auditions.

Splashes of his CV:
  • Considered one of the most talented young dances of present century, has worked as a soloist in the best ballet companies in the world (including The Mikhailovsky Theatre), even making the leap to the big screen in the tv most important Germany;
  • He has given numerous master classes throughout the world with overwhelming success.
  • Slava won the prestigious “Farukh Ruzimatov” prize in 2007;
  • and Rieti prize in Italy in 2009.
Anna Ol - Anna Ol - Principal of Dutch National Ballet Anna Ol
Principal of Dutch National Ballet
Former soloist of Mikhailovsky Theatre
Gold Medal at the Grand Prix of Ulanova in 2008
Anna was born in Siberia. She started to dance at 5 years old and graduated from the Krasnoyarsk Ballet School in Siberia.

Anna started her career with the Siberian State ballet (Krasnoyarsk, Russia) as a soloist. Later she became a guest-principal dancer with Mikhailovsky theatre (Saint-Petersburg) and Tatarstan state ballet (Kazan). Since 2012 Anna joined Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre ballet company as a principal dancer. During this period of dancing with Russian ballet companies her repertoire was very diverse.

At 2015 she joined Dutch National Ballet as a principal dancer. Since that moment Anna became an international guest-principal dancer .She worked with Teatro Colon (Argentina) for “La Bayadere” by Natalia Makarova,  with Semperoper Dresden ballet for “Manon” by K.McMillan. Currently Anna is working with Staatsballet Berlin as a guest.

Anna’s repertoire is very diverse. During her carrier she dances principal roles in almost all well known classical ballets as “Nutcracker” , “Sleeping beauty”, “La Bayadere”, ”Gizelle”, “Copelia”, “La fille mal gardee”, “La Sylphide” , “Snow Maiden”, “Don Quihote”, ”Romeo and Juliette”, “Swan lake” and others. Her repertoire also includes main roles in lots of neoclassical ballets by such a famous choreographers as K.McMillan, J.Robbins, J.Kranko, G.Balanchine, A.Ratmansky, C.Wheeldon , Hans van Manen ,D.Dawson,Y.Grigorovich, Rudi van Danzig ,Ted Brandsen and others. In a different time her partners on stage were Sergei Polunin, Ivan Vasiliev, Leonid Sarafanov and others.

In a studio legendary Natalia Makarova, Guillaume Graffine, Alexey Ratmansky, Michael Messerer , Patricia Neary, Patricia Ruann , Karl Burnett, Olga Evreinoff, Yukari Saito,Yannick Boquen ,Larissa Lezhnina, Rachel Beaujean and many others helped her to improve her skills of dance. At 2008 and 2010 she won gold medals on International ballets competitions in Krasnoyarsk and Perm. She is a winner of «Dance Open 2018- miss virtuosity» prize in Sankt Petersburg.

Currently Anna is working successfully with Dutch National ballet as a principal dancer and participates lots of  Ballet Galas around the world.
Ilya Osipov Acting Teacher Ilya Osipov
Teacher at the Eifman Ballet
Ex-soloist of Eifman Ballet
Artist and teacher degree of Vaganova Academy
Iliya has been the soloist of the prestigious Eifman Ballet theatre from 2004 to 2011.

From 2011 up to 2014 he has worked as a soloist in the famous Yacobson Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

He graduated as an artist and after as a teacher at the Vaganova Academy.
The list of his repertoire is very long and diverse. He danced principal parts in classical ballets as "Swan Lake" and "Giselle" to neoclassical of Boris Eifman.

During Russian Masters Ballet Camps Iliya Osipov gives classes of Acting.
Sergey Scherbakov - Professional photographer Sergey Scherbakov
Professional photographer with more than 20 years of experience
Winner of several national and international awards
Currently a collaborator in the prestigious Mikhailovsky theater
Winner of several national and international awards, currently a collaborator in the prestigious Mikhailovsky theater, professional photographer with more than 20 years of experience in the artistic world. Our students will have an exclusive opportunity to be portrayed by this magnificent artist, whose work has been recognized by the most emblematic museums of St. Petersburg and is part of the collection of numerous exhibition halls both in Russia and abroad.

More information about the individual and group sessions as well as the free pack of Russian Masters Ballet at info@russianmatersballet.com

Sergey Shcherbakov, specialist in commercial and art photography, member of the Creative Union of Photographers of Russia.

Featured awards:
  • "Photographer of a year, 2005" (Reportage, series);
  • Stipendium of International Project "Network Baltic" in graphic - center "Grafikens Huns", Sweden, 2004.

The works of Sergey are exposed in the collections of:
State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg
Museum of the History of the City of St. Petersburg
National Center of Photography "Rosphoto", Saint Petersburg
Graphic-Center "Grafiken Hus", Sweden
and many more.

Participant in more than 15 exhibitions

10 individual exhibitions

Instagram.com/Shcherbakov.foto
Ira Yakovleva - Ballet Photographer of international renown Ira Yakovleva
Ballet Photographer of international renown
Former balletina with L. Yakobson theatre
Ira Yakovleva is one of the most important ballet photographers in St. Petersburg and her international reputation has led her to work with the greatest ballet stars of the globe. Her training and previous career as a professional dancer bring to her works a point of view of the highest technical and artistic quality that unites with the expressive strength and delicacy of her images.

Yakovleva graduated from the State Choreographic School of Kiev and joined the ballet theatre L. Yakobson of St. Petersburg. She has toured throughout Russia, Europe, America and Asia with this prestigious company. For the past 7 years she has been exclusively dedicated to dance photography, where she has achieved international success and collaborates with dance brands from all around the world including Scena Shop, Susha More, Sonumberone, Balletpapier, Baustelle Berlin, Wezzarium, KeithLink , Dance Wear for all, Zi dancewear, Nina Shterenberg, Katerina Kelberg, Lets go dress or Virtuozo.

Apart from photographing countless ballet stars individually, she is an assiduous collaborator with large institutions in Russia such as the Mariinsky Theater, Eifman Ballet, Eifman Ballet School, Balleroosha, SPB City Guide or Dance Open. As well as in magazines such as: La Personne, Beatrice Magazine, Kadance.

Ira Yakovleva joins Russian Masters as one of the great representatives of dance photography worldwide and it’s a real proud for us to have someone of her stature and thus swelling the number of experts who, in their respective fields, help to make Russian Masters a unique experience of the highest level.
Photografer Antonio Gervasi Antonio Gervasi
Professional photographer with more than 20 years of experience
Since 20 years in the world of photography Antonio Gervasi has collaborated as a photographer and assistant with important fashion photographers and stylists and grew up professionally in Milan.

Towards the end of the nineties has decided to start photographing the world and this has led him to travel for almost 15 years, turning the world twice and participating in expeditions to the North Pole and Antarctica collecting a large archive of images, and especially putting him in contact with different cultures giving him the opportunity to learn different languages.

He is Italian but is living in Spain and his work is mainly dedicated to ballet and dance.
Darian Volkova - One of the world's most in-demand ballet photographers Darian Volkova
One of the world's most in-demand ballet photographers
Ex ballet dancer
Official Project Photographer of Mariinsky Theatre
Former ballet dancer who has become one of the world's most in-demand ballet photographers. Her work has been exhibited at the St. Petersburg State Museum Theatre and Music, Sheremetev Palace and other prestigious Russian venues.

She began her ballet training at age 3. She performed at the Institute of Culture before moving to St. Petersburg, Russia at age 19.

Her ballet photography has made her hugely popular on Instagram, where she shares images of renowned dancers with more than 200,000 followers.
Ieva Imerteja - Graduated in costume design Ieva Immertreija
Graduated in costume design
Graduated in pedagogy of classical ballet technique at Vaganova Academy
Professional dancer
Ieva Immertreija - ballet studio "Baleta Klase" owner, choreographer, pedagogue, costume designer for operas, theaters and ballets, children's games, theater of operetta and musicals, and owner of the brand "Ieva".

Ieva was a professional dancer, soloist of the dance company "Liesma" for 16 years, studied the pedagogy of classical ballet technique as well as the history of Russian ballet at the Vaganova Academy.

She has the degree of costume designer and technical specialist, of classical ballet pedagogue and choreographer, so she knows everything and from different angles on ballet costumes: as a dancer, as a designer and as a choreographer. Therefore, our students have a chance not only to study how to make headbands by themselves (and it is really important, since it is difficult and expensive to find a unique and original headband), but also have the opportunity to know interesting things about the history of ballet costumes and many other secrets. It is a beautiful opportunity to relax during manual work with a brilliant teacher of ballet fashion.