Kirill Safin graduated from the Moscow State Ballet Academy in 2006 and completed a final year of training at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St Petersburg. Kirill was chosen to join the Mariinsky Ballet Company in 2007, and later, he became a leading soloist of the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre. His repertoire included the major classic roles such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Solor in La Bayadere, Conrad in Le Corsaire and Albrecht in Giselle.
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Ekaterina at the London Russian Ballet School. Ekaterina joins us from the Vaganova School and Marinsky Ballet. She will be teaching adult classes at least three times per week; her passion and dedication will shine through and definitely enhance your time with her. We are incredibly lucky to have this beautiful dancer join us.
Ekaterina Anishchenko graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2018 and became a soloist at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Ekaterina will be joining our team to share her knowledge and love of ballet. She has developed and now teaches her own bespoke Ballet Pilates programme. Her repertoire includes major classical roles such as Nikya in La Bayadere, Maria in the Nutcracker and the 7th Waltz in Chopiniana. Ekaterina will help you to find your mind and body connection through stretching and an intense workout for your body.
Grisha trained at the Bolshoi and is a soloist at the Jacobsen Company in St Petersburg. Grisha is a wonderful teacher who will expand your technical skill to grow your confidence, develop your technique at every level and let you move with powerful athleticism and grace.
Polina graduated from the Krasnoyarsk Choreographic College in 2013, and went on to dance with the Novosibirsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, followed by the Boris Eiffman Ballet. Through her company experience Polina has enjoyed a broad repertoire on stage, ranging from Swan Lake and Giselle to the Rite of Spring and Russian Hamlet.
Dmitri Gruzdev, was a Russian dancer for over 25 years with two of the world’s finest companies. He is now passing on his wealth of knowledge and experience to the next generation.
Dmitri trained at the prestigious Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg and graduated in 1989 when he was immediately offered a position at the world-famous Kirov Ballet where he trained with the great renowned teachers Sergei Berezhnoi, Vladilen Semenov, Irina Kolpakova and Tatiana Terekhova. In 1993 he joined English National Ballet and worked his way from soloist to become the company’s leading Senior Principal male dancer for many years.
Dmitri retired from ENB in 2016, and he is now a highly regarded and sought after teacher and repetiteur with a full diploma from the Royal Ballet School Teacher Training Programme. Since starting his career as a teacher he has worked with professional students and dancers from such companies as the Bolshoi Ballet, Rambert Ballet School, Scottish Ballet and English National Ballet. He also enjoys working as a private coach for individuals and young people seeking entry into the best schools.
Dmitri aims to help dancers of all abilities to maintain and further their technique, work on their musicality while at the same time investigate and explore their own personal artistry. Classes are based on the Russian ballet system. Dmitri teaches ballet with a very happy attitude and his lessons, while both musical and technical, are always full of fun.
Please enquire either with the school or Dmitri about private coaching.
Naomi Norris trained at the Queensland Conservatoire of Ballet Brisbane, Australia and then at the New Zealand School of Dance. On graduation she joined the AJKUN Ballet Theatre of Contemporary Dance in New York where she danced for a number of years. She returned to Sydney where she worked with the dance faculties of different universities as both teacher and examiner and at the Hill Song College where she created original contemporary pieces for the students as well as writing the contemporary dance syllabus. Naomi has been teaching for over five years.
Inga graduated from the V. Chabukiani Ballet School with distinction and joined the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre Named After Z. Paliashvili where she began as a soloist and progressed to becoming a prima. She performed in many classical ballets, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote amongst them.
Later in her career Inga taught classical ballet at the V. Chabukiani Ballet School in Tbilisi and was appointed Assistant Artistic Director, working together with T. Vashakidze, the principal dancer and choreographer of the Ballet School.
Sophie trained at Ballet West Scotland, and danced with Ballet West touring company. Her classical repertoire includes Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Chopiniana. Sophie has a degree in ballet pedagogy, and has worked for London Russian Ballet School since 2019.
Fiona Nicholson graduated from the London Russian Ballet School in 2016 and went on to dance at the Texas Ballet Theatre PD under the direction of Ben Stevenson. In 2018 she joined the Compagnie Chorégraphique François Mauduit, taking part in tours of France with classics such as Swan Lake as well as original choreography by Mauduit. Leading up to current day, Fiona danced as a soloist Opera Comica Pentru Copii in Bucharest where the company was dedicated weekly performances specially for children, gifting many their ‘first ballet’ experience. Fiona has worked extensively with kids in the vocational sector as well as the outreach programme of LRBS.