Professional Trainee Program

Academy of Russian Classical BalletWelcome to the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet’s 2017/2018 Professional Ballet Trainee Program, a specialized intensive year-round training program for serious male and female ballet students who strive for the highest standard in classical ballet education with the goal of a professional ballet career. For the 2017/2018 season, under the expert guidance of famed Russian ballet instructors, Madame Olga Korotaeva and Madame Marianna Lobanova (Women’s Trainee Program) and Mr. Nikolai Morschakov (Men’s Trainee Program), students will receive world-class trainingMaddie in the Vaganova method, studying both technique and artistry required for a career as a professional dancer. Classes include Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Character, Contemporary, Conditioning, female Variations, and separate Men’s Technique and Men’s Variations. Students also have the opportunity to participate in full-length ballet productions, and private coaching for the Youth America Grand Prix. The artistic faculty members of our Trainee program have all taught for year-round programs at the top ballet institutions in Russia. In addition to the artistic program, Trainee students have access to a full academic program through Oxford Virtual Academy. Trainee students enrolled at OVA will receive academic transcript credits, and tuition assistance for their artistic classes.

The Professional Ballet Trainee Program runs September – June, and includes over 20 hours per week of training for each level. To guarantee individual and personalized training, class size is limited. We invite you to join us and take your training to the next level.

Auditions & Enrollment

Acceptance is by audition only. To audition students may attend an open audition, or send a video.  The program is open to advanced students. Scholarships are available for advanced level male students.

2018/2019 Trainee Audition Information

Sunday, June 2nd at 4:00pm

$30.00 Pre-registration Required. For the 2018/2019 Season we have limited openings and will only be able to accept 15 students, including returning students. Contact the studio asap for early acceptance.

Download audition form: 2017 Trainee Audition Form

Mr. Morschakov instructing advanced level boys class at the Kirov Academy of Ballet.

New for 2017/2018 season, we will offer two divisions for our female students, and a full-time men’s program. Scholarships are available for male Trainee students. The Women’s Program will be conducted by Madame Korotaeva and Madame Lobanova. Mr. Morschakov will conduct the Men’s Program.  Please contact the studio for more information.




Trainee Program Full-Time Faculty

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 Lvov Ballet Theatre. As a professional ballerina she performed the theatre’s entire classical repertoire. Madame Lobanova began her teaching career in Lvov, 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.

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!

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