Mrs. Jessica Morschakov ~ Artistic Director, Founder
Mrs. Morschakov, a Michigan native, received her early ballet training in Ann Arbor. She 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. Morschakov is currently pursuing his pedagogy degree as Master of Ballet and Choreography from the Moscow State Choreographic Institute (Bolshoi Ballet Academy).
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 Natalia Makina ~ Head of Trainee Program * Women’s Trainee Ballet * Pointe * Variations * Private Coaching
Mme. Natalia had an extensive career as a Prima Ballerina with the Perm Ballet Theatre. She is graduate of the Perm Ballet Academy with the highest honors, a “Red Diploma”. Mme. Natalia’s illustrious career as a star dancer spanned over twenty-six years. She has performed the Principal roles in all of the major classical ballets, Le Corsaire, Raymonda, Cinderella, Les Sylphides, Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Anuta and many more. As well as Principal roles by G. Balanchine (Serenade, Ballet Imperial, Rubies, Concerto Barocco, Rubies, La Somnambula, Kammermusik №2), J. Robbins (The Concert), W. Forsythe, F. Ashton, K. MacMillan (Romeo & Juliet). Mme. Natalia is a Prize Winner at the prestigious Arabesque Competition. She received her Master’s of Teaching in Ballet Pedagogy and Choreography from the Perm Choreographic Institute of Arts and Culture. Since 2013, Mme. Natalia has served as the advanced level women’s ballet instructor for the Perm Ballet Academy. She was a jury member for the “Prikamsky Olympus” ballet competition, Director of Ballet Master Classes for Perm Ballet Theatre’s “Opera Extreme” Competition in 2015, 2016, 2017, and the Russian Festival “Perm Divertissement”. Mme Natalia’s students of the Perm Ballet Academy won 1stand 2ndplace at several ballet competitions – International Bregvadze “Pa.Rus”(St. Petersburg); “Admiralty Star” (Ekaterinburg); “Nevsky Constellation” (St. Petersburg). As a star ballerina, she has toured to Japan, Germany, France, Canada, USA, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, China, Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Russia, Belgium, Oman, Bahrain
Mr. Justin Alesna ~ Head of Contemporary Program
Mr. Justin is a performance artist based out of Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Detroit Jesuit high school he emersed himself in community theater and dance in the metro-Detroit area. He furthered his dance training at Henry Ford College and Wayne State University studying under Addison O’Day, Linda Simons, and Portia Anderson. Since then Mr. Justin has collaborated with many local artists as well as across the United States on projects including “Cherophobia” with Andrew Dall’olmo, “ImmortalU” with Jasmine Murrell, “Take It All” with SHUA Group, and “The Shaharezade Project” with multi-disciplinary artists Amy Khoshbin, PubliQuartet and HOLLANDS. Mr. Justin’s work has been performed in the Detroit Dance City Festival, Detroit Sidewalk Festival, The Charles H. Wright museum of African-American History, the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the New York City ElectroAcoustic Music Festival. Mr. Justin has danced for performing artists including Aretha Franklin, Nick Cave, Dej Loaf, and and was even the Ogre in the American Ballet Theater’s production of Sleeping Beauty in their 2017 Detroit performance. “