Main Session
July 3 to July 29 , 2017
Additional Session
July 31 to August 12, 2017




The summer intensive program has been designed to provide serious students ages 10 to 22 with a complete dance-training program. There are three levels of study available; Preparatory, Intermediate, and Advanced or Pre-Professional. There is also a Teachers Program. The curriculum includes a complete dance-training program for both male and female students who will be able to receive a unique approach to authentic, traditional Russian ballet training with the finest Russian teachers graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy.
The program teaches the Russian ballet technique ( Vaganova Method) given by teachers who have graduated from the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy. All ballet teachers have been students of Vaganova, Tarazov, Plaht, among others, with a high quality expertise in Russian, American, European and Latin American ballet companies.

Advanced or Pre-Professional

Student’s placement goes according to the level not by age.

About the Program 

Instruction will concentrate on ballet technique, Pointe, adagios, port de bras, pirouettes, small and big jumps, variations and allegros.  Each group will receive Ballet Technique, Pointe*, Female and Male Variations, Character, Pas de Deux classes*, Modern, Flamenco, Pilates and Gyrokenesis classes.

*For the Intermediate and Advanced levels only

The schedule of classes will depend on the level of the student. Students will take at least 4 classes a day, 1 hour and 30 minutes for Technique and 1 hour for the every other discipline. Selection and student placement is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Director, Mr. Vladimir Issaev. Classes are Mondays thru Fridays 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays 10am to 2pm. There is a lunch break in the middle of the day.

All members of the faculty will be teaching all students in all levels.

Dancing Opportunities 
The program includes one performance at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. The repertoire includes classical and neo-classical works. Modern, Flamenco and Character pieces are also included. All students participate in the performance.

ADDITIONAL SESSION: July 31 to August 12
Dedicated to those students that have already taken the Summer Intensive and want to focus on partnering Classes, Variations and Character Dance.
Hiring Opportunities
Students in the Advanced/ Pre-Professional Level ( older than 18 years of age ) will be observed for a possible invitation to join our Ballet Company Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.  
Faculty for the Summer Program 2016

Elena Zabalkanskaya

Elena Zabalkanskaya was born in Leningrad. She studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy from 1966 until 1974 when she graduated having as her teacher Elena Vasillevna Shiripinoy. Upon graduation she was accepted to join the Kirov Ballet, now called the Mariinsky Ballet where she worked until 1996 dancing the most famous ballets of the company such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Raymonda, Les Sylphides and many others. She has been part of the faculty of the Vaganova Ballet Academy since 1996 and also works at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Mihalovsky Theater and the Stanilavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Ballet Theater in Moscow. Ms. Zabalkanskaya has been featured in every documentary and film dedicated to the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Mr. Andrei Bossov
Mr. Bossov who have graduated from the prestigious academy and danced for 20 years at Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia. The next year after graduation he began to teach at the Academy. Later he received his Master Degree as a ballet master at the GITIS Institute in Moscow. In 1996 he established the school Bossov Ballet Theatre in Pittsfield, Maine where he remained until 2013. His students dance all over the world in professional ballet companies, and he is a prize winner and a choreographer for many ballets.

Mr. Vladimir Issaev



Ruzana was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1991 she started her ballet studies at the V. Chabukiani’s Tbilisi State Choreographic College. She graduated in 1998 as a ballet artist. Immediately she joined the State Ballet of Georgia where she danced soloist roles in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Laurencia, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet touring with the company to Israel, China and Armenia. Additionally Ruzana attended the Tbilisi State University of Culture where she obtained her Major as a Ballet and Character Dance teacher and choreographer. This is her second year at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet. From 2002 and until 2010, she was a member of the famous Georgia Ballet conducted by Nina Ananiashvili. She is teaching Character Dance as part of the Vaganova Program of Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet which is part of the curriculum of the school.


Valentina Byczyna - Ballet Teacher and choreographer in classical ballet, character dance, history of dance and court dance. She was born in Georgia in Tbilisi. Ms. Valentina , received her ballet education at the Tbilisi State Choreographic School. In 1977, she graduated from College and received the title of Ballet dance artist. That same year she joined the Tbilisi Zacharias Paliashvili State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre where she worked with outstanding choreographers such asVakhtang Chabukiani, Georgy Aleksidze, Michael Lavrovskii, Alexander Plisetsky, Nikita Dolgushin and many others.
Since 1996, she has worked at the Dnepropetrovsk State Academic Theater. In 2009, she graduated from the Kherson State University and received her master's degree as a Ballet Teacher in all dance disciplines.
For three consecutive years she has collaborated with Ochi International Ballet in Japan. She was a member of the jury of the Nagoya Ballet Competition and she also worked as a guest Ballet Mistress of the Belgrade National Theater of Opera and Ballet.
She is currently a faculty member of the Dnepropetrovsk Choreographic School where she teaches the Vaganova Method.

Mary Carmen Catoya (Ballet )from Venezuela, began her professional career at the age of 13. She danced with the Youth Ballet of Venezuela, the Contemporary Ballet of Caracas, Cleveland Ballet and as a principal with the National Ballet of Caracas, where she was coached and trained by Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev. She danced as a principal at the Miami City Ballet from 1999 to 2015. Her repertoire includes works of George Balanchine, Vicente Nebrada, Dennis Nahat and Vladimir Issaev. She received the award "Premio Casa del Artista" as Best Classical Dancer of the Year in 1999  and “Premio Municipal de Danza 2002″ as best dancer.
In 2004, she was invited to perform for the opening of “Queen Mary 2″ Ship Gala and then in August 2005 she was invited to dance “Unanoche con Tamara Rojo” in Madrid, Spain. In October 2006 she danced the full-length ballet Don Quixote, to open the Carnival Center Performance art Center now Arsht Center in the city of Miami.
In 2008 she was invited by Dennis Matvienko to perform in his own Gala Night at the Mikhailovsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In July 2011 Mary Carmen open and close Les etes de la Danse at the theatre du Chatelet in Paris with Miami City Ballet dancing the principal role in Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial.
Mary Carmen has danced internationally as a guest artist in Spain, Brazil, China, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Canada, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Mexico, Bosnia, Curacao, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba and Argentina.


RENEE ROBERTS (Modern/Contemporary ) She started her ballet training with Vladimir Issaev when she was four years old. During her years with the school she performed roles such as Snow Queen and Dew Drop in "The Nutcracker," Winter and Fall in "The Seasons," as well as other original classical works by Mr. Issaev that were performed in both Poland and Germany. She continued her training with the dance department at Butler University, performing in classical pieces such as Gerald Arpino's "Viva Vivaldi” and Finger Fairy in “Sleeping Beauty,” as well as modern works like Paul Taylor's "Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal),” and an original contemporary work, "Displacements" choreographed by Marek Cholewa (faculty) which was performed at the International Concert of Schools of Dance in Bratislava. She graduated cum laude majoring in dance performance with a minor in gender studies, and received the Lynnette Jordan Schisla scholarship.


Jorge Robledo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he trained in dance and theater. Later he relocates to Spain where he trains with different teachers and choreographers. He has performed on the most outstanding stages world wide and with the most prestigious artists such as Rocio Jurado, Isabel Pantoja among others. He continues to perform with the most prestigious Flamenco companies in South Florida. Jorge teaches only at selected locations in Miami, among them Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet and is also part of the faculty of the Summer Intensive Program of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.

Past faculty:

Liza Maltseva – Vaganova Ballet Academy and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Olga Mekhonoshina – Perm Ballet Academy and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Vladimir Issaev - GITIS and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Mme. Alla Osipenko ( formerly prima ballerina of the Kirov)
Vladimir Issaev (GITIS) Men’s classes and Pas de Deux
Ms. Yulia Kasenkova ( current soloist of the Kirov and faculty member of the Vaganova Ballet Academy)
Ruzana Iremashvilli - V. Chabukiani’s Tbilisi State Choreographic College and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florid
Vladimir Kolesnikov – (formerly soloist of the Kirov and member of the Vaganova Ballet Academy – Ballet and Character )
Ms. Yelena Shertsnieva ( formerly soloist of the Kirov and current faculty member of the Vaganova Ballet Academy – Ballet and Character )
Ms. Ludmila Issaev ( current faculty of the Choreographic School of Voronezh )

Emily Tedesco
Edgar Anido
Diego Salterini – DanceNow Ensemble
Josee Garant
Jorge Robledo – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Maria Risolia
Katie Weiger
Jelena Radojevic
Emilio Sole-Sempere
Pianist Accompanists:
Milagros Teja - Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Susana Makhtina – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Maria Eugenia Del Frade – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Yraima Menendez – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida


Audition for Summer Program



Live auditions will be held by appointment only in Miami, FL at the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida studios.
By standards, teachers will adjust student’s body manually to correct alignment and/or technique. If student does not allow this practice, please, do not audition. 
Audition fee: $ 25.00 and application form
By Video 
Students unable to attend to live auditions may audition by video DVD-R. No performance videos, please. Student should wear only leotards and tights for this video, no skirts or costumes Video must be accompanied by a résumé including the student's name and address, birth date, and ballet training background. 
The application fee for video submissions is $20.00 – Personal Checks or Money Order to Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.
Requirements: Students should wear only leotards and tights, no skirts or warmers. Bring short résumé including the student's name and address, birth date, and ballet training background. 
Please include two photos: No portrait photos, thank you
Photos should be
1. In first arabesque
2. In second position echappe (on pointe if applies)



  • A la barre: Tendu, Fondu, Grand Battements
  • Center: Develope devant, a la seconde; first arabesque; pirouettes en dedans and en dehors; sautés in first position (16 jumps)
  • Diagonal: Grand jetés
  • Pointe work: Echappé combination with passé; Pirouettes (For advanced students: fouettés turns)
  • Men’s Requirements: Entrechat Six; Single or Double Tour en l’air

Please send to:
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Summer Program
15939 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
305 948 4777 
Video links are also accepted by sending them to
Classes will not exceed 20 students per level. Once the level reaches full capacity, students will be placed on a wait list 

Tuition and Fees 
AUDITION: $25 (non-refundable)
All registrations must be made by April 1st.
After this date there is no guarantee the student will have a place in the program.
REGISTRATION: $150 (non refundable and due by April 1st )
TUITION FOR MAIN SESSION ( July 3 to July 29) : $1,350 - (housing or meals are not included)
First tuition payment fee due by April1st: $675 – non refundable
Remainder of tuition due by May 1st: $675 – non refundable
A 10% discount will be applied to those who pay registration and  tuition in full by April 15th - Non refundable.
All fees and payments are NON REFUNDABLE
ADDITIONAL TWO WEEKS SESSION (July 31 to August 12) : $475 due by July 1st

For more information please call  305 948 4777 or email or

No housing is available for the Summer Intensive Program. However we can make every effort possible to have the student at a local guest family home. If accepted a fee of $650.00 is required to be paid directly to the hosting family.


International Students

We are proud to welcome serious students from all over the world who are interested in obtaining professional training from our renowned faculty who are specialized in the Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet. The summer program does not offer student visas for attendance. International students wishing to attend the summer intensive must do so on a tourist visa. Please consult your local embassy or consulate for policies when traveling to and visiting the United States

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