Summer Intensive

July 31st-August 11th, 2017

(additional week -YAGP preparation for advanced dancers August 14-18th)

We are very excited to offer our two-week Russian Ballet Summer Intensive to ballet students ages 8 and older. With classes taught by world-famous professional staff, this special program provides superior training in the Russian ballet style, focusing on building strong technique and developing artistry.  The program is in its 8th year, and has provided hundreds of ballet students from around the world with wonderful training and performing opportunities. New this year – an additional one week YAGP intensive for advanced ballet students following the summer intensive.

The Russian Ballet Intensive features classes in classical ballet technique, pointe, variations, partnering, men’s technique, contemporary, character, acting for stage and Russian language classes as well as question and answer sessions. Participants also have the opportunity to receive private coaching from the guest instructors.  We pride ourselves in providing high quality ballet education, and strive for only best. To ensure each participant receives the maximum benefit of the program, we limit the class size to maintain a small and personal environment.

Classes are held at our Wixom location, which features over 17,000 square feet of professional dance studios with sprung marley floors, dressing rooms, costume room and wardrobe facilities.


Our open audition was held on January 20th, 2017.  If you missed the open audition and would like to attend the program please contact the studio at 248-826-8181, or email Students may audition in person or by video. To audition by video please submit a video or link of barre and center work, and two pointe combinations (if applicable).  All students who wish to audition should submit a completed audition form, audition fee of $30.00 (to “RAI”), and two photographs (a head shot, and first arabesque).

Due to the limits on class size, the program tends to fill quickly.

Summer Intensive Faculty

Stanislav Ivanov

Mr. Ivanov began his ballet studies in his native country, Vladikavkaz, Russia (North Ossetia). He was accepted to the famous Perm State Choreographic Institute of Russia in 1988. Having graduated in 1996, he joined The Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of M.I. Glinka. In 1997, he received a contract with Grigorovich Ballet of Russia as Soloist under the direction of Yuri Grigorovich. Tours with the Grigorovich Ballet of Russia took him to Lebanon, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States. He was a Principal dancer with Dance Alive National Ballet from 2002-2008. Mr. Ivanov’s outstanding classical dancing technique combined with his remarkable acting talent allowed him to achieve the most vivid and memorable interpretations of great range of characters on stage. In 2009, he joined the Space Coast Ballet as ballet teacher and choreographer in the Russian style (Vaganova). He later joined the Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre in 2010 as the Artistic Director where he choreographed: The Nutcracker, Cipollino  and Alice in Wonderland  . Mr. Ivanov has been a principal guest artist and teacher with several companies around US. His repertoire has included: Romeo and Juliet, Spartacus, Don Quixote, Giselle, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Paquita, Incertezza, Constellation, Aeia Bridlet, Stars and Stripes, Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Le Corsaire, Golden Age Suite, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, Lady Bug, The 1001 Night, La Fille Mal Gardée, Carmina Burana,   and The Nutcracker  . In the fall of 2012, Mr. Ivanov was named the Artistic Director of Classical Ballet of Tampa.

Olga Korotaeva

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.

Marianna Lobanova -YAGP Intensive

Madame Marianna Lobanova graduated from the Saratov Choreography School in 1976 and became a dancer with Lvov Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1978 she entered the Leningrad Academic Choreography School (Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet) and completed the course of training with honors. In 1984 she entered GITIS (State Institute of Theatre Arts named after A.V. Lunacharsky), and took the position of ballet teacher at Lvov. She has taught at Saratov Regional School of Arts, teaching classical dancing to both men and women and engaging in rehearsal activities. More recently (2005-6), she taught classical dancing at Mexico State School. In 2000 The Russian Federation Ministry of Culture awarded Marianna Lobanova work the “For Achievements in the Sphere of Culture” Order. She has spent the past nine years as the head ballet mistress for the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, and is joining the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet as the ballet mistress for the 2017/2018 Professional Trainee program.

Natalia Lushina – Zeiger

Ms Lushina-Zeiger is a graduate of the legendary Moscow Academy of the Bolshoi Ballet Theater and is a former Soloist of the famed Bolshoi Ballet Company. As a member of the Bolshoi Ballet, Ms. Lushina-Zeiger worked with such European masters as Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Alberto Alonso and Yuri Grigorovich. She performed leading roles in many classical ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda,  and La Bayadere.  She is an international master teacher and competition jury member, and is currently on the faculty of the Rock School of Dance Education in Philadelphia. She has coached many dancers who are now soloists in major ballet companies. Recently, she received the 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award from the YAGP. She serves as a Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) judge and Master Teacher. Ms. Lushina- Zeiger blends her Russian background with her newfound Balanchine influence

Olga Mekhonoshina

Ms. Mekhonoshina is a graduate of the world-renowned Perm State Ballet Academy of Russia. Upon graduation she immediately joined the famed Grigorovich Ballet Theater under the legendary director Yuri Grigorovich, celebrated Russian choreographer and director of the Bolshoi Ballet Theater. During her extensive professional career, Ms. Mekhonoshina performed all of the major classical ballets, and toured extensively throughout the world to Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. After immigrating to the United States she joined the Sarasota Ballet where she performed many classical and neo-classical pieces. In 2008 Ms. Mekhonoshina joined artistic staff of the Arts Ballet Theatre Company, a professional ballet company in Miami, Florida under the direction of V. Issaev. As the Company Ballet Mistress and Choreographer, she worked closely with instructors from the Vaganova Ballet Academy and dancers from the Mariinsky Theatre. Ms. Mekhonoshina also served as the Head Ballet Mistress for the Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet. Ms. Mekhonoshina was selected as a judge for the International Ballet Competition in Caracas, Venezuela and the International Young Dancers Festival in Miami. She has been invited to present intensive courses in Vaganova syllabus for ballet students and instructors throughout North and South America.

Deanna Stetsura (2015, 2016, 2018 Intensive)

Ms Stetsura graduated with honors from the prestigious Perm State Choreographic Institute, Russia, under the guidance of legendary pedagogue Ludmila Sakharova. Upon graduation she was accepted as a Soloist with the Kremiln Ballet, Moscow, where she was coached by the world-famous ballerina, Ekaterina Maximova.  Ms. Stetsura was a Principal dancer with Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus, Columbia City Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet, and a Soloist with Ballet Internationale, where she was coached by Irina Kolpakova, Ballet Mistress to ABT’s Principal dancers. She has performed the Principal roles in all of the major classical ballets, touring throughout Asia, Europe and North America.  Ms. Stetsura earned the prestigious Diaghilev Prize at the first international competition in Moldova.  She also received the highest award in the country of Belarus for the best stage debut for her performance of the title role in Giselle  .  Ms Stetsura has appeared in three films in Belarus. She also earned a Silver medal at the prestigious ballet competition, “Arabesque” for her contemporary piece, which was created on her by the same choreographer who choreographed all of the dancing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.