New 2018/2019 Faculty! Details Coming Soon!!!
Mrs. Jessica Morschakov ~ Artistic Director, Founder
Mrs. Morschakov, a Michigan native, graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet, training with N. Morozov and A. Sizova. She was fortunate to receive additional training from I. Kolpakova, L. Gulyaeva, M. Lavrosky, P. Fomin, S. Yapparov and L. Sakharova – the former Director of the Perm State Ballet Academy, who also invited Mrs. Morschakov to join the Perm State Ballet Academy at age 10. Upon graduation from the Kirov Academy, Mrs. Morschakov joined the Sarasota Ballet under the direction of Robert DeWarren, performing classical and contemporary works. In 2004 she co-founded the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet. ARCB students have graduated from such prestigious schools as the Vaganova Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Kirov Academy (Washington DC) and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Moscow, Russia). ARCB students can be seen performing professionally in companies in the United States, Europe and Russia. ARCB students have also won numerous awards at the Youth American Grand Prix in the United States, Europe and Japan, including several First Place and Grand Prix honors.
In 2006 Mrs. Morschakov founded Russian Artists International, and has served as its President/Director since that time. RAI oversees the annual Nutcracker and spring performances, as well as study abroad programs in Russia and the Stars of Russian Ballet Gala. RAI has offered Mrs. Morschakov the opportunity to work closely with the leading dancers of many wonderful companies including American Ballet Theatre, Berlin Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and more.
Mr. Nikolai Morschakov ~ Artistic Director * Men’s Trainee Program * Private Coaching
Mr. Morschakov graduated with honors from the Saratov State Choreographic Institute in Russia, and joined the famed Grigorovich Ballet, under the direction of Yuri Grigorovich, as a Soloist. He was promoted to a Principal ballet dancer shortly after. During his extensive career as a Principal ballet dancer in Russia and the United States, Mr. Morschakov performed the leading roles in all of the major classical ballets including Jean de Brienne in “Raymonda”, Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet”, Basilio in “Don Quixote”, both Spartacus and Crassus in “Spartacus”, Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart in “Swan Lake”, Poet in “Chopiniana”, Cavalier in “Nutcracker”, Albrecht in “Giselle”, and many more. Upon moving to The United States, he was a Principal ballet dancer with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and Dance Alive National Ballet, where was also a company ballet master and choreographer. Mr. Morschakov served as ballet master for the senior level boys division of the Krasnodar Choreographic Institute, teaching men’s technique to advanced level students. Mr. Morschakov’s students from Krasnodar are currently performing professionally in many companies throughout the world, including the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and the Polish National Ballet Company. He has been a guest instructor at many schools across the US, including the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive audition tour. Mr. Morschakov was a Laureate of the Philip Morris International Ballet Competition in 1999 and 2001. During his career as a Principal ballet dancer he performed and toured throughout the world, dancing in Russia, USA, Portugal, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, Lebanon, and Turkey.
Mr. Ivan Poroshin ~ Assistant Director * Ballet * Character * Contemporary * Pas de Deux * Private Coaching
Mr. Ivan graduated from the world-famous Perm Ballet Academy, receiving a “Red Diploma”, the highest honor awarded by the Russian government. As the leading Soloist with the Perm Ballet Company, Mr. Ivan has performed the Principal roles in all of the major classical ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Golden Age, Swan Lake, Coppelia and many more. Mr. Ivan has performed the Principal roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Rubies, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Ballet Imperial, as well as Principal roles in works by J. Robbins and W. Forsythe, Possohkov, K. MacMillan, and in multiple contemporary works. Mr. Ivan received his Master’s of Teaching in Ballet Pedagogy and Character Dance from the Perm State Institution of Arts and Culture. Mr. Ivan has served as ballet master for Perm Ballet Company, instructing classes, and rehearsing company dancers for performances and competitions, and was invited to join the faculty of the Perm Ballet Academy. Mr. Ivan’s distinguished career has been marked by several outstanding international awards – “Diagilev Prize” 2008 and 2013, “Magic Coulisse” Diploma 2013, First Prize at “Arabesque Competition”, culminating in his nomination for Russia’s prestigious “Golden Mask Award” as “Best Male Ballet Dancer” of Russia on two occasions. The “Golden Mask Award” is internationally recognized as the equivalent of America’s “Academy Awards/Oscars”. Mr. Ivan has toured internationally to the United States, Canada, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, France, China, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Oman, Greece, Belgium, and is highly sought-after internationally as both an instructor and a professional dancer. In addition to teaching at ARCB, Mr. Ivan will also perform the Principal roles in our productions for our 2018/2019 season.
Madame Olga Korotaeva, Ballet Mistress, Professional Trainee Program 2017/2018 Season
Madame Korotaeva graduated with honors from the world famous Perm State Choreographic Institute (Perm Ballet Academy), under the guidance of L. Sakharova. The Perm State Choreographic Institute is widely regarded as one of the top international professional ballet academies. Upon graduation she joined the Perm Ballet Theatre where she performed extensively with the company in all of the major classical ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Golden Age, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and many more.
Following a successful career as a professional dancer, Madame Korotaeva received her Masters Degree in ballet pedagogy and character dance from the Moscow State Choreographic Institute, completing the full advanced teaching program. The Moscow State Choreographic Institute is considered one the most esteemed teaching programs in the world. Her degrees are in Vaganova ballet pedagogy, choreography and character dance. She is certified by the institution as a ballet instructor at the highest level. She has completed additional teacher training from the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 2005 Madame Korotaeva joined the professional year round ballet teaching staff of the Perm State Choreographic Institute, where she is a full-time staff member conducting ballet, character and historical dance classes. In addition to teaching at the Perm State Choreographic Institute, Madame Korotaeva also worked as a ballet mistress for the Perm Ballet Theatre, coaching dancers and setting performances for the company. Her students have won many international competitions and are performing professionally throughout Russian and Europe.
Madame Korotaeva is a highly sought after ballet instructor and teaches master classes throughout the world including Japan, Europe and South America. Madame Korotaeva conducts the ballet pedagogy training courses for the Perm State Choreographic Institute, and trains teachers in the highest levels of the Vaganova method. She is also an annual guest instructor for Perm-Japan Ballet Institute in Tokyo, and a judge for the International Ballet Competition in Nara Japan.
We are incredibly honored to have such an esteemed ballet instructor head our new Professional Trainee program for ballet students in Michigan. Madame Korotaeva’s talent will provide our students with an invaluable training opportunity consistent with training only available at the best ballet academies in the world!
Madame Marianna Lobanova, Ballet Mistress, Professional Trainee Program 2017/2018 Season
Madame Lobanova is a graduate of Russia’s Saratov State Choreographic Institute. Upon graduation she joined the Saratov State Ballet Theatre, and later the Lviv Ballet Theatre. As a professional ballerina she performed the theatre’s entire classical repertoire. Madame Lobanova began her teaching career in Lviv, where she was invited to move to St. Petersburg to study full time in the Pedagogy program. She received her Master’s Degree in Vaganova Ballet Pedagogy from the famed Vaganova Academy of St. Petersburg, graduating with high honors. Upon graduation from the Vaganova Academy’s teaching program, Madame Lobanova was invited to study at the world renowned GITIS (Russian University of Theatrical Arts) in Moscow, where she received an additional degree in Ballet Pedagogy. Madame Lobanova is the only ballet instructor in the United States who has pedagogy degrees from both the Vaganova Academy and GITIS. She was a senior level instructor for Russia’s Saratov State Choreographic Institute. Madame Lobanova served as the leading ballet mistress for the Kirov Academy of Ballet for nine years. She has trained numerous professional dancers throughout the world, and is widely regarded as one of the best Vaganova ballet instructors of our time.