Artistic Faculty

Jessica Morschakov, Founder and Director

Mrs. Morschakov grew up in Ann Arbor and Brighton, Michigan, where she began her ballet training at the Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre.  As a young student she attended several summer programs on scholarship including the American Ballet Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet and Kirov Academy of Ballet, where she was invited to join the year round program.  She received additional training with Luba Gulyaeva, Mikhail Lavrovsky and Jurgen Schneider. Prior to joining the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Mrs. Morschakov also studied with Lyudmila Sakharova, the former director of the Perm State Choreographic Institute, Perm, Russia, and was invited by Mme Sakharova to join the institute at age 10.  As a student at the Kirov Academy, Mrs. Morschakov trained primarily with Nikolai Morozov and Alla Sizova. In her last year at the Kirov Academy Mrs. Morschakov began performing as a guest with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and upon graduation, she joined the company full-time under the director of Robert de Warren, and ballet masters Pavel Fomin and Sasha Yapparov.  Following her professional career she co-founded the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet in 2004.  Since 2004 she has dedicated herself to developing ARCB into one of the most successful ballet academies in the Mid-West.  She is proud of ARCB’s students who have been accepted to ballet schools throughout the world. 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), and have attended numerous summer programs throughout the world. ARCB students can be seen performing professionally in companies in the United States, Europe and Russia.  Under her direction, ARCB has been named to UNESCO’s Who’s Who in International Dance, and was chosen at the “Best Ballet Academy” of Michigan in 2012.  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 St. Petersburg, Russia and the Stars of Russian Ballet Gala. The gala has offered Mrs. Morschakov the opportunity to work closely with the leading dancers of many wonderful companies including American Ballet Theatre, Berlin Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and more.

Nikolai Morschakov, Men’s Trainee Program, Ballet Master and Artistic Director Academy of Russian Classical Ballet Ann Arbor

Mr. Morschakov was born in Krasnodar, Russia. He graduated with honors from the Saratov State Choreographic Institute in Russia.  Upon graduation, he was invited to join the famed Grigorovich Ballet, under the direction of Yuri Grigorovich, as a Soloist, and 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 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 the founder and director of the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet – Ann Arbor, our partner school, in Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor. Together, we are able to provide high quality ballet training and performing opportunities to students in the Metro-Detroit and greater Ann Arbor area.  Mr. Morschakov also serves as a ballet coach for nationally and internationally ranked Ice Dancers.  For more information about our Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti location please visit russianballetmichigan.com

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.

Roman Nikiforov, Ballet Master, Character Instructor

A native of Ulan-Ude, Russia, Mr. Roman received his Vaganova ballet training at the esteemed Krasnoyarsk National Ballet Academy in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Upon graduation from the Krasnoyarsk National Ballet Academy, Mr. Roman was invited to join the Krasnoyarsk National Ballet Theatre as a professional dancer.  Soon after, Mr. Roman was invited to join the famed Russian State Ballet in Moscow, Russia.  Upon moving to the United States, he danced with Ballet Internationale in Indiana, and the Metropolitan Classical Ballet of Texas.

Mr. Roman is honored to have worked under the coaching of many legendary ballet dancers and masters, including Irina Kolpakova , Tatiana Pali , Vera Soloveva , Vladilen Semenov , Nikolai Levitsky , Andrey Kudelin , Vyacheslav Gordeev , Eldar Aliev , Paul Mejia , Alexander Vetrov  and Yuri Burlaka .  His professional repertoire includes: “The Nutcracker”, “Don Quixote”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella”, “Swan Lake” , “Giselle” , “Paquita” , “Chopiniana” , “Le Corsaire” and many more classical ballet productions. Additionally, Mr. Roman performed in many contemporary ballet productions such as: “Dracula”, “Juno & Avos” , “Eight by Adler” , “Antigone” , “On Earth We Stand” , “Love and Gravity”, “The Phantom of the Opera” , and “Paganini”. Mr. Roman was a non-competing partner at the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition for the regionals and the New York City finals. Mr. Roman also has extensive teaching experience as ballet instructor with the “Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana”.

Mr. Roman is a judge for the World Ballet Arts Competition.

Veronique Breen, Ballet Mistress, Contemporary Instructor

Ms. Veronique is originally from Brussels, Belgium.  She studied and danced professionally in Europe for over 20 years, including the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Het National Ballet of Amsterdam.  Her professional ballet career included soloist roles in ballets from choreographers such as Martha Graham, Balanchine, William Forsythe, Caroline Carlson, and many more.

Following her professional ballet career, Ms. Veronique expanded upon her knowledge of movement by completing sports massage therapy training in Amsterdam.  At this same time, she began teaching dance and movement techniques to your students and adults, including pre-professional and professional dancers, active adults, and physically and mentally challenged adolescents.

In 2003, Veronique began her training in the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods.  These methodologies incorporate principals of movement she mastered during her professional ballet career, as well as physiology and injury prevention principals she learned through massage therapy training.  She opened her own studio in 2005 and six years later became a Certified Gyrotonic Master Trainer and Gyrokinesis Pre-Trainer.

In addition to teaching at the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet, Ms. Veronique is also the co-owner of Motion Arts studio, offering Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis training.  She has a passion for movement and truly enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.