Grand Premier Invitational Ballet Mistress (All Programs)
Natalia has more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, and is a highly talented artist. Born in Russia, Natalia trained at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and Bolshoi Ballet University. She became a principal dancer for the prestigious Bolshoi Theater Grigorovich Ballet from 1989-1994 and immediately after was a guest principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.
Her repertoire included many title roles in the great classics including Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake among many others. Awards include "Best Ballerina of the Festival" at the 1992 Spoleto International Arts Festival held in Spoleto, Italy. She has toured worldwide to countries including Holland, Greece, Egypt, Hong Kong, France, and Belgium among many others.
After moving to the United States, she joined Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas as a lead dancer in Mystere. In 1998, she moved to Orlando to perform in Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba" where she currently performs. She has been featured in numerous television commercials, interviews, and videos with Cirque du Soleil.
Natalia is founder of ARTASTAR ARTIST MANAGEMENT and PRODUCTION company, which supports the dancers from the foreign countries. One of the directions of her company is to support young talented dancers of the new ballet generation in giving gthem an opportunity to be selected and be a part of the new production on stage with the most recent world known ballet dancers.
• Principal Dancer, Bolshoi Ballet,1989-1994
• Guest Ballet Dancer, New York City Ballet, Ruth Page The Nutcracker Production, Philadelphia Ballet Theatre , 1994-1997
• Principal Dancer, Cirque Du Soleil Mystere, 1997-1998; La Nouba, 1998- present
• Ballet Teacher, Central Florida Ballet 2014- present
• Head of Judges, World Ballet Competition, 2015
• Judge, World Ballet Competition, Orlando FL, 2014-2016, 2019
• Judge, YAGP
• Choreographer, Show Case Collaboration between Orlando Ballet and Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba 2013-2015
Bolshoi Ballet Academy , Moscow Russia 1980-1989 ( High School Diploma for the performing art )
Bolshoi Ballet University , Moscow Russia 1989-1993 ( Bachelor Degree for the performing art and choreography)
• 25 years of professional experience as a ballet dancer
• Choreography for World Ballet Competition, Orlando Ballet and Cirque Du Soleil
• Judge for World Ballet Competition 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019
• Head of Judge for World Ballet Competition 2015
• Judge for YAGP semi ﬁnals 2017
• 10 years of master ballet classes at Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba • Ballet Master Classes for YAGP and WBC
• 4 years Ballet Master, Point and Variation Teacher for Central Florida Ballet Academy
Carlos Dos Santos, Jr.
Carlos dos Santos, Jr. is a recognized dancer, choreographer and teacher. He has performed as a principal dancer with major Brazilian and U.S. dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Complexions, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (US); Grupo Salto, Bale Folclorico da Bahia, Bale Teatro Castro Alves, and DanceBrazil (Brazil), where he also served as a rehearsal director.
Mr. Dos Santos' choreographic credits include works for Colorado Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, American Dance Festival, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and DanceBrazil, as well as his own solo performances around the world.
Mr. Dos Santos has been featured in numerous TV programs as an actor, dancer and model. His TV credits include appearances on PBS (US) and SBT TV (major Brazilian TV network), as well as coverage as a performer and choreographer in news programs around the world. His acting career included Medea Materialis for the New York Fringe Festival, Dream on Monkey Mountain with the Denter Center Theater Company, Chaplin with the Edison Souto Theatre Group, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands with the Fernando Guerreiro Theatre Group, and Yalorixa, a popular Brazilian soap-opera.
Mr. Dos Santos has taught at dance festivals, schools and universities around the world, including the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, The Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School and International Summer Institute, DanceBrazil, Academy of Colorado Ballet, Youth America Grand Prix Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition for Students, as well as master classes in the U.S., Italy, Switzerland, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Chekh Republic, Argentina, and Brazil.
Nicole is a licensed physical therapist working in Orlando, Florida for the past 15+ years. She is also a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, an Emergency Medical Technician, and Pilates instructor. She has extensive experience working with elite level athletes of various disciplines. Nicole graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Miami University and soon after received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Nicole began working for Cirque Du Soleil’s production of La Nouba in 2004 and continued there for 14 years until the show’s closure in December of 2017. While at La Nouba, Nicole gained experience designing return to work programs for the injured and post-partum performer. Currently, she is working as a fly-in physical therapist for the company’s touring show division.
Nicole has also been part of the United States Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Volunteer Program and helped rehabilitate Paralympic and Olympic athletes in swimming, wrestling, and shooting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In 2018 she partnered with Samantha Oft to start their private physical therapy practice called Next Level Physiotherapy and Performance, in order to provide the one-on-one attentive care that they believe everyone deserves.
“Practice what you preach” is a motto Nicole lives by. She leads a healthy, active lifestyle and often familiarizes herself with the demands of her clients’ sports by participating. in them. She is a mother of a girl who loves dance and therefore has become passionate to share her knowledge in rehabilitation and performance training to the dance community.
Darius is currently dancing for singer Melanie Martinez’ K-12 tour through March 2020. Prior to that Darius was on tour with SYTYCD after finishing Season 14 as a Top 6 Finalist for FOX’s SYTYCD.
Some of the most memorable dancers on So You Think You Can Dance move you not only because of their talents, but because of their journeys to the stage. After the Season 14 premiere, Darius Hickman on So You Think You Can Dance is perhaps the dancer you'll be left thinking about the most. That's because during the Los Angeles auditions in the June 12 episode, Darius proves how powerful dance can be in uplifting the human spirit. This 18-year-old Floridian is one to watch for the rest of the season and the adversity that he has already faced in his young life is just another reason to root for this dancer. - bustle.com
Grand Premier Ballet Master: GPI Technique and Performance Boot Camp
Alexey Kulpin is a graduate of the Institute of Culture and Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ballet pedagogy and choreography. In 1998, he was the Grand Prix winner at the Muse of St. Petersburg Ballet Competition. As a professional dancer, Mr. Kulpin has performed soloist and principal roles in both classical and contemporary ballets in Russia, Israel, and the United States. He danced professionally with St. Petersburg State Opera Ballet, St. Petersburg State Male Theatre by Mihailovsky, Ballet Israel, City Ballet of San Diego, Grand Rapids Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theater, Stars of St. Petersburg Municipal Theater of Music and Dance, and Krasnoyarsk Dance Ensemble. His roles included Basilio in Don Quixote; James in La Sylphide; Prince Ivan in Firebird; Spirit of the Rose in Le Spectre de la Rose; Swan Lake Pas de Trois; and the male leads in Tarentella and Maurice Bejart’s Trik Trak.
Mr. Kulpin specializes in teaching classical ballet, male and female variations, and character dance. His teaching career includes the Ballet Israel School, City Ballet of San Diego, Grand Rapids Ballet, and Charleston Ballet Company, where he taught company classes and served as director of the Charleston Ballet Young Artists Group. Most recently, he served as principal ballet teacher for Northern California Dance Conservatory. He has staged classical variations and choreographed solos for performance and ballet competitions, including Youth America Grand Prix. Mr. Kulpin joined The HARID Conservatory’s faculty in August, 2016. He remains active as a guest teacher and a ballet-competition judge.
Grand Premier Ballet Master: GPI Technique and Performance Boot Camp
Bruce Marks is a legendary American dancer, a choreographer, coach, teacher and a tireless advocate for the dance art form. Born in New York City, Mr. Marks began training at the age of 13, and became one of the most celebrated male dancers of his time, performing with major companies around the globe, including American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, and the Royal Danish Ballet among many others. He then became the Artistic Director of Ballet West, and the Artistic Director of the Boston Ballet. A patriarch of the ballet competition movement, Mr. Marks has been the Chairman of the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, Nagoya International Ballet Competition, and the Beijing International Ballet Competition, as well as an honored member of the jury at all major global international ballet competitions. Mr. Marks received the Lifetime Achievement honor from YAGP in 2017.
American Ballet Theatre
In 1961, again at the suggestion of Tudor, Marks joined The American Ballet Theatre. He soon became one of the most respected and versatile of ABT's male contingent, excelling in both modern and classical ballets, and was quickly promoted to principal dancer. He created one of the leading roles in the American premiere of Harald Lander’s Etudes as well as the leading role of Prince Siegfried in ABT's first full-length production of Swan Lake. In 1968 Marks performed the role of Hilarion in the American Ballet Theatre's film of Giselle.
The Royal Danish Ballet
After twice appearing as guest artist with the company, Marks was invited to become the first American principal dancer of The Royal Danish Ballet., He made his debut as such in May, 1971 at the Danish Ballet and Music Festival dancing Paul Taylor's Aureole. It was the first time a modern trained artist had done the work in Copenhagen and he received rave reviews. The next evening he danced the role of James in the 19th century Danish classic, La Sylphide, by August Bournonville and astounded with his versatility.
Marks ended his performing career in 1976 in Denmark taking on his first artistic directorship with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah.
At Ballet West
By 1976, Marks became Co-Artistic Director of Ballet West at the invitation of its founder, Willam Christensen. Following Christensen's retirement in 1978, Marks was named Artistic Director. The company flourished under Marks's direction, and his distinctive stamp was made with the addition of new works to the company's repertory from Bournonville and Balanchine to the 19th century master works as well as modern dance classics.
In 1985, Marks and Toni Lander recreated and staged the “lost” 1855 Bournonville ballet,Abdallah for Ballet West, to great acclaim. The production had its East Coast premiere at Washington's Kennedy Center, on May 1, 1985, and the critics raved. "Abdallah is a triumph!” cheered the Boston Globe. The Wall Street Journal declared, “That it communicates such broad meanings and does so, moreover, with such effortless charm, is the great achievement of Bruce Marks.” In 1986, Marks staged Abdallah for the Royal Danish Ballet, the company for whom the work was originally created, and in 1990, he brought the production to Boston Ballet.
At Boston Ballet
Marks then assumed the position of Artistic Director of Boston Ballet  When he was appointed Artistic Director and CEO (combining the jobs was a first in the world of ballet), he eradicated the company's debt which was then 50% of the budget. During his tenure, the Company's annual budget and attendance tripled. Under his dynamic leadership, Boston Ballet achieved international acclaim and built a reputation for performing authentic versions of the classics and for encouraging daring modern works. In 1991, in Boston's South End, Marks opened a new facility that continues to be one of the country's leading centers for dance and dance education. His time in Boston had many highlights: an unprecedented American/Soviet production of Swan Lake; the company's 1990 debut at Washington's Kennedy Center; a 1991 five-city tour of Spain; and in 1993, to inaugurate its 30th season, a highly acclaimed version of The Sleeping Beauty. Following a second Kennedy Center engagement in March 1994, Boston Ballet became the first American company to perform John Cranko’s Onegin. In 1995, Marks added Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew to the company's repertory, followed in 1997 by Michael Corder’s award-winning Cinderella. Marks mounted the world's most popular production of The Nutcracker. Continuing to add to Boston's repertory, he brought the oldest existing version of Coppélia from The Royal Danish Ballet plus a traditional Russian production of Giselle, staged by Anna-Marie Holmes and coached by Natalia Dudinskaya of the Kirov Ballet.
Encouraging young American choreographers was one of Marks's major thrusts as Director. As such, he commissioned works by Danny Buraczeski, Bill T. Jones, Ralph Lemon, Monica Levy, Susan Marshall, Bebe Miller, Daniel Pelzig and Lila York. He also added works by Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharp.
In July 1998, Marks stepped down from his post at Boston Ballet to become Artistic Director Emeritus.
As Chairman of the Jury: USA International Ballet Competition
In 1989, Marks was chosen to succeed the late Robert Joffrey as Chairman of the International Jury of the USA International Ballet Competition held in Jackson Mississippi, a position he held through 2010. He served as the American judge at the international competitions in Helsinki, Nagoya, Moscow, and Seoul as well as at the 1994 Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and chairman of the 2012 Jury, 4th Beijing International Invitational Competition for Dance Schools.
Grand Premier Ballet Mistress: GPI Technique and Performance Boot Camp
Maria Mosina was born in Moscow and graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. Upon graduation, Maria joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company and immediately was chosen for principal roles. She toured the world appearing on all major European, American, African and Asian stages. In 1995, Maria was invited by Colorado Ballet to join as a leading principal dancer. She performed all major parts in classical productions and had the chance to show her talent in neoclassical, modern and contemporary choreographed master pieces. Maria was a featured dancer on the cover of Dance Magazine and has been featured in other magazine articles. She holds a bachelor's degree in methodology and pedagogy from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. She is also an active ballet instructor throughout the United States. She participated as a master teacher and judge for the Youth American Grand Prix. Maria performed leading roles in all major productions as a member of the Company, as well as a guest artist with many other festivals, galas, and companies. After 21 seasons as a principal dancer with Colorado Ballet, she retired at the end of the 2016/2017 season. She has now joined the artistic staff of the company.
Alexei Moskalenko, Youth America Grand Prix, Assistant Artistic Director
For the past 19 years Alexei has served as Youth America Grand Prix Regional and International Judge, Master teacher, NYC Rehearsal Director and currently YAGP Assistant Artistic Director. He is a graduate of the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy and formerly dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich.
In 1990 Mr. Moskalenko was accepted to Moscow Academy of Choreography, where he studied Methodology of teaching Classical Ballet. For the last 27 years in US, he had carrier as principal dancer, ballet school director and owner, director of Pre-professional program, national – international guest teacher and International competitions Judge.
Alexei’s students have won the highest awards in international ballet competitions, including numerous top placements in YAGP, Moscow IBC, and Varna, and have received many scholarships to prestigious ballet schools in the U.S. and around the world.
Ballet Mistress, Atlanta Ballet 2018-Present
Master Teacher, Greenwich Ballet Academy, Port Chester, CT 2016-2017
Guest Artist, Royal New Zealand Ballet Performed works by George Balanchine and Jiri Kylián 2017
Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre 2002–2016
Performed principal roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, La Bayadère, Manon, Sylvia, Moor’s Pavane, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, Don Quixote, Symphony in C, Mozartiana, Apollo, Prodigal Son, Symphonie Concertante, Ballet Imperial, Lilac Garden, and others
Performed with the company on tour in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, Oman, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia
Soloist, Mariinsky Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia 1996–2002
Performed solo and principal roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Paquita, Le Corsair, La Bayadère, The Fountain of Bakchisarai, Symphony in C, Apollo, Serenade, Jewels, and others
Performed with the company on tour in Japan, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Finland, Brazil
The Isadora Project, with Natalia Osipova, Stanislavsky Theater, 2018 Moscow, Russia
Giselle, Mariinsky Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia 2014
Swan Lake, with Marcelo Gomes, Kremlin Ballet, Athens Greece 2012
“Black Swan” coda, Tribute to Natalia Makarova, Kennedy Center Honors, Washington, D.C. 2012
Dying Swan and “Black Swan” pas de deux, Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel 2012
Appearance on Late Night with David Letterman 2010
Dying Swan, with Yo-Yo Ma, A Celebration of Women in the Arts, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 2009
Swan Lake, with the Perm Ballet in Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2007
Bachelor of Arts, Vaganova Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia 1996
GPI Premier Contemporary Master
Victor is the artistic director and owner of Stars Dance Company, one of the top dance studios in the United States. Before opening Stars, Victor was a Top 12 finalist on Season 6 of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance. Along with his business partner Angel Armas, Victor has trained and developed some of the top young dancers in America over the last ten years. These dancers have gone on to be winners at at the top dance competitions in the world, featured on numerous national and international television shows, and students at some of the world's top dance institutions. Victor has also trained SYTYCD winner Ricky Ubeda and SYTYCD finalists Derek Piquette, Daniela Avanzini, and Logan Hernandez, and NBC's World of Dance competitors Diana Pombo, Nick Daniels, and Vivian Ruiz. In 2012, Victor and his studio were featured on Life Time TV Show Dance Mom’s Miami. STARS has grown to include dance convention, Liberate the Artist, and Non-Profit organization STARS for Artists. Victor brings his love for dance and artistry around the world, having taught over 750 Master Classes in 43 states and 4 countries.
Summer Intensive: Theater and Performance Ballet Mistress
Josie is the Artistic Director / Choreographer of BalletRED, the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensives LA, NYC, SF, The Industry Dance Academy Ballet program and Project Protégé. Josie has danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland where she began her choreographic career. Moving on to several freelance projects throughout Europe before returning to Los Angeles where she integrated this vast background into the commercial as well as concert dance world. Known as the “Renegade” ballerina for her cutting edge hybrid style of edgy classical and contemporary ballet fusion, Josie is infamous for transcending boundaries and setting new trends. Josie was named 25 to watch by Dance Magazine, awarded the “Outstanding Choreography” award at the Youth American Grand Prix, NBC World of Dance choreographer Season 2 for “Avery and Marcus” and honored with the endorsement from the Los Angeles Times as “Faces to Watch” for her work as Artistic Director/Choreographer of Ballet RED.
Summer Intensive: GPI Premier Contemporary Master
Andrew Brader was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and began his training with Karen Hebert and at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts with Jan Miller and Miguel Lopez. He attended The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL, on full scholarship and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, also studying privately with Susan Jaffe. He was invited to join ABT as an apprentice, dancing with the company at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, and then joined the Houston Ballet performing in ballets by Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan and George Balanchine. He danced with the Los Angeles Ballet for four seasons performing principal roles in George Balanchine's Agon, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Serenade, Kammermuzik No.2, Lar Lubovich's The Evangelist,Bournonville's Napoli Pas de Six and original works by Josie Walsh, Sonya Tayeh, Olivier Wevers, and Melissa Barak's Scrying presented as the first dance installation performed at NYC's Modern Museum of Art. Andrew was a Lester Horton Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Performance and winner of the Habich Corey Award for Emerging Choreographer. He spent two seasons with BalletMet Columbus before joining Stadt Theater Chemnitz as a Soloist in Chemnitz, Germany. Andrew danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2014-2018 under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson and has taught for Complexions’ intensives, as well as Joffrey Ballet School summer intensives. Andrew has performed on the stages of The Metropolitan Opera House NYC, The Kennedy Center DC, The Music Center Los Angeles, The Tel-Aviv Opera House Israel, The Odessa Opera Ukraine, The Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg and The Kremlin Palace Moscow, Russia. He’s danced alongside international dance stars in the galas of Laguna Dance Festival, World Ballet Competition, City Dance Gala DC, The Golden Swan Gala, and The Monterrey International Ballet Gala Mexico. Andrew has appeared in music videos for Jill Scott and music legend Nile Rodgers and has also worked as a model for Los Angeles Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and New York Men’s Fashion Week.
Summer Intensive: GPI Premier Contemporary Master
Michael Waldrop was born in Los Angeles, California. He has toured the world, performing with Ballett des Theater Koblenz, State Street Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theatre, as well as guest performances with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Seamless Dance Theater and the Covent Garden Dance Company’s international gala, Ballet in the Park. During this time, he performed in the classical and contemporary works of Peter Chu, Andreas Heise, Daniel Ezralow, Steffen Fuchs, Bella Lewitzky, Cathy Marston, Ihsan Rustem, Tom Ruud, William Soleau, Uwe Scholz, and Josie Walsh.
From the world of concert dance to the commercial industry, Michael has also appeared in film, television, print, and stage productions including the feature film Underground Comedy, ABC’s Bunheads, Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, and the Emmy Award winning opening routine of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Other credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, industrials for Disney and MAC Cosmetics, performances at Downtown Los Angeles’ Music Center and the Getty Museum for the Dance Camera West Film Festival, the American Choreography Awards, and a feature in an edition of Life Magazine.
Michael has created original works for Theater Koblenz and the Joffrey Ballet School, as well as commissioned presentations for Marymount Manhattan College, APEX at Peridance Capezio Center, the Joffrey Ballet School, and the School of State Street Ballet. His work has been shown throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Germany, emphasizing dynamic, extension, and flow through a classical and contemporary vocabulary.
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