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Academy of Russian Classical Ballet
 46969 West Road, Wixom, MICHIGAN USA 48393


We are proud to have been selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization for inclusion in the International Who's Who in Dance.


to Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

The Academy was formed in 2004 to offer students in Southeastern Michigan the opportunity to study classical ballet in a structure reminiscent of a traditional Russian ballet academy.  Our instructors  are classically trained former professional dancers who have studied at a variety of top international ballet schools and have performed extensively. Classes are available for beginning through advanced studies for children through adults.  The Academy was named Best Ballet Academy of Michigan in 2012.
Our goal is to maintain the highest quality classical dance instruction in a disiplined yet supportive setting. We strive to provide cultural opportunities and interchange while promoting an inclusive environment for students of all ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds


Russian Ballet Summer Intensive

August 3-15th , 2015

We are very excited to offer our two-week Russian Ballet Summer Intensive to ballet students ages 8 and older. With classes taught by world-famous professional staff, this special program provides superior training in the Russian ballet style, focusing on building strong technique and developing artistry.  The program is in its sixth year, and has provided hundreds of ballet students from around the world with wonderful training and performing opportunities.

The Russian Ballet Intensive features classes in classical ballet technique, pointe, variations, partnering, men’s technique, contemporary, character, acting for stage and Russian language classes as well as question and answer sessions. Participants have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform in the spectacular closing gala of international ballet stars. Participants also have the opportunity to receive private coaching from the guest instructors.  We pride ourselves in providing high quality ballet education, and strive for only best. To ensure each participant receives the maximum benefit of the program, we limit the class size to maintain a small and personal environment.

All classes are held at our Wixom location, which features over 17,000 square feet of professional dance studios with sprung marley floors, dressing rooms, costume room and wardrobe facilities. The closing performance with international ballet stars is held at a professional theatre in the Metro-Detroit area. Past stars include Isabella Bolyston and Daniil Simkin of American Ballet Theatre, Maria Kochetkova and Gennadi Nedvigin of San Francisco Ballet, Yana Salenko of Berlin Ballet, and many more!

"The artistic caliber of this educational program and performance is not available anywhere else in the Midwest"

- J. Stahl, Editor of Pointe Magazine

To Audition

Open auditions were held on January 16th , 2015. If you would like to audition in person, please contact the studio at 248-982-7882 to make arrangements to attend a class. We also accept auditions by DVD or video links. To audition by video, please submit a video of barre and center work, and two pointe combinations (if applicable).  All students who wish to audition should submit a completed audition form, audition fee of $25.00 (to “RAI”), and two photographs (a head shot, and first arabesque). 

Due to the limits on class size, the program tends to fill quickly.


Stanislav Ivanov

Mr. Ivanov began his ballet studies in his native country, Vladikavkaz, Russia (North Osetia). He was accepted to the famous Perm State Choreographic Institute of Russia in 1988. Having graduated in 1996, he joined The Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of M.I. Glinka. In 1997, he received a contract with Grigorovich Ballet of Russia as Soloist under the direction of Yuri Grigorovich. Tours with the Grigorovich Ballet of Russia took him to Lebanon, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States. He was a Principal dancer with Dance Alive National Ballet from 2002-2008. Mr. Ivanov’s outstanding classical dancing technique combined with his remarkable acting talent allowed him to achieve the most vivid and memorable interpretations of great range of characters on stage. In 2009, he joined the Space Coast Ballet as ballet teacher and choreographer in the Russian style (Vaganova). He later joined the Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre in 2010 as the Artistic Director where he choreographed: The Nutcracker, Cipollino  and Alice in Wonderland . Mr. Ivanov has been a principal guest artist and teacher with several companies around US. His repertoire has included: Romeo and Juliet, Spartacus, Don Quixote, Giselle, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Paquita, Incertezza, Constellation, Aeia Bridlet, Stars and Stripes, Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Le Corsaire, Golden Age Suite, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, Lady Bug, The 1001 Night, La Fille Mal Gardée, Carmina Burana,  and The Nutcracker . In the fall of 2012, Mr. Ivanov was named the Artistic Director of Classical Ballet of Tampa.

Natalia Lushina – Zeiger

Ms Lushina-Zeiger is a graduate of the legendary Moscow Academy of the Bolshoi Ballet Theater and is a former Soloist of the famed Bolshoi Ballet Company. As a member of the Bolshoi Ballet, Ms. Lushina-Zeiger worked with such European masters as Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Alberto Alonso and Yuri Grigorovitch. She performed leading roles in many classical ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, and La Bayadere. She is an international master teacher and competition jury member, and is currently on the faculty of the Rock School of Dance Education in Philadelphia. She has coached many dancers who are now soloists in major ballet companies. Recently, she received the 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award from the YAGP. She serves as a Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) judge and Master Teacher. Ms. Lushina- Zeiger blends her Russian background with her newfound Balanchine influence

Yuliya Rakova

Ms. Rakova, serves as the Advanced Level Ballet Mistress for the Kirov Academy of Ballet. She was born in Russia, and began her ballet training at the age of ten at the Perm State (Vaganova) Choreographic Institute. After graduation, she joined the Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater.  Five years later she moved to Moscow where she danced with Alexei Fadeechev’s Moscow Dance Theater.  She was featured in modern dance choreographer Stanton Welsh’s world premier of Opus  X .  In 2001, Mme. Rakova was invited to join the Russian National Ballet, and danced with the company until coming to the United States.  She has worked with such notable choreographers as Trey McIntyre, Ben Stevenson and Alexei Ratmanksy.
 Ms. Rakova’s repertoire includes Swan LakeCoppeliaDon QuixotePaquitaRaymondaThe Nutcracker ,ChopianianaThe Sleeping BeautyLe Cosaire , and others. As a guest artist Ms. Rakova has taught/choreographed ballet, pointe and character dance, traveling to teach in New York, where she was affiliated with Ellison Ballet, as well as at companies in New Jersey, California, South Carolina, Michigan and Russia. 

Deanna Stetsura

Ms Stetsura graduated with honors from the prestigious Perm State Choreographic Institute, Russia, under the guidance of legendary pedagogue Ludmila Saharova. Upon graduation she was accepted as a Soloist with the Kremiln Ballet, Moscow, where she was coached by the world-famous ballerina, Ekaterina Maximova.  Ms. Stetsura was a Principal dancer with Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus, Columbia City Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet, and a Soloist with Ballet Internationale, where she was coached by Irina Kolpakova, Ballet Mistress to ABT’s Principal dancers. She has performed the Principal roles in all of the major classical ballets, touring throughout Asia, Europe and North America.  Ms. Stetsura earned the prestigious Diaghilev Prize at the first international competition in Moldova.  She also received the highest award in the country of Belarus for the best stage debut for her performance of the title role in Giselle .  Ms Stetsura has appeared in three films in Belarus. She also earned a Silver medal at the prestigious ballet competition, “Arabesque” for her contemporary piece, which was created on her by the same choreographer who choreographed all of the dancing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

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