June 29th to July 25th, 2015



The summer intensive program has been designed to provide serious students ages 10 to 22 with a complete dance-training program. There are three levels of study available; Preparatory, Intermediate, and Advanced or Pre-Professional. There is also a Teachers Program. The curriculum includes a complete dance-training program for both male and female students who will be able to receive a unique approach to authentic, traditional Russian ballet training with the finest Russian teachers graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy.
The program teaches the Russian ballet technique ( Vaganova Method) given by teachers who have graduated from the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy. All ballet teachers have been students of Vaganova, Tarazov, Plaht, among others, with a high quality expertise in Russian, American, European and Latin American ballet companies.

Advanced or Pre-Professional

Student’s placement goes according to the level not by age.

About the Program 

Instruction will concentrate on ballet technique, Pointe, adagios, port de bras, pirouettes, small and big jumps, variations and allegros.  Each group will receive Ballet Technique, Pointe*, Female and Male Variations, Character, Pas de Deux classes*, Modern, Flamenco, Pilates and Gyrokenesis classes.

*For the Intermediate and Advanced levels only

The schedule of classes will depend on the level of the student. Students will take at least 4 classes a day, 1 hour and 30 minutes for Technique and 1 hour for the every other discipline. Selection and student placement is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Director, Mr. Vladimir Issaev. Classes are Mondays thru Fridays 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays 10am to 2pm. There is a lunch break in the middle of the day.

All members of the faculty will be teaching all students in all levels.

Dancing Opportunities 
The program includes one performance at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. The repertoire includes classical and neo-classical works. Modern, Flamenco and Character pieces are also included. All students participate in the performance. 
Hiring Opportunities
Students in the Advanced/ Pre-Professional Level ( older than 18 years of age ) will be observed for a possible invitation to join our Ballet Company Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.  
Faculty for the Summer Program 2015

Ms. Larissa Ponomarenko
Ms. Larissa is from Odessa, Ukraine and a who have graduated from the prestigious academy in St. Petersburg. She started her training with Vladimir Issaev in Odessa until she was accepted at the Academy. After working with Donetsk Ballet in Ukraine, she danced with Mississippi Ballet and Tulsa Ballet before joining Boston Ballet as a principal dancer in 1993.
Ponomarenko danced with Boston Ballet for 18 years. Her versatile repertoire includes Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the title roles in Giselle and Cinderella, Medora in Le Corsaire, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Nikiya in La Bayadére, and countless other roles. Ponomarenko has also performed a wide repertoire of Balanchine works. She now warks as Ballet Mistress of the Company. Ponomarenko has appeared internationally in galas and festivals and as a guest artist with English National Ballet in London, NBA Ballet Company in Tokyo, Opera Theatre of Rome, and Teatro Comunale of Florence in Italy. She was nominated for Benois de la Danse award in 2005 and is a recipient of the E. Virginia Williams Inspirational Award.

Mr. Andrei Bossov
Mr. Bossov who have graduated from the prestigious academy and danced for 20 years at Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia. The next year after graduation he began to teach at the Academy. Later he received his Master Degree as a ballet master at the GITIS Institute in Moscow. In 1996 he established the school Bossov Ballet Theatre in Pittsfield, Maine where he remained until 2013. His students dance all over the world in professional ballet companies, and he is a prize winner and a choreographer for many ballets.

Mr. Vladimir Issaev



Ruzana was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1991 she started her ballet studies at the V. Chabukiani’s Tbilisi State Choreographic College. She graduated in 1998 as a ballet artist. Immediately she joined the State Ballet of Georgia where she danced soloist roles in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Laurencia, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet touring with the company to Israel, China and Armenia. Additionally Ruzana attended the Tbilisi State University of Culture where she obtained her Major as a Ballet and Character Dance teacher and choreographer. This is her second year at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet. From 2002 and until 2010, she was a member of the famous Georgia Ballet conducted by Nina Ananiashvili. She is teaching Character Dance as part of the Vaganova Program of Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet which is part of the curriculum of the school.


Emily Tedesco’s passion for dance has evolved from a focus on ballet to contemporary and modern work.  She was selected as one of eight to train with Ms. Suzanne Farrell and Paul Mejia as a part of the Cedar Islands Ballet Program.  Her formal ballet education also includes a full merit scholarship at the prestigious School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School to study year round.
Professionally, and most recently, Emily has performed and choreographed both contemporary and classical works as well as has taught across South Florida.  Previously, Ms. Tedesco has performed with Wideman/Davis Dance, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.  In addition, her diverse professional experience includes performing in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and the Phantom of the Opera of Las Vegas, and participating in the National Choreographic Initiative. 


Valentina Byczyna - Ballet Teacher and choreographer in classical ballet, character dance, history of dance and court dance. She was born in Georgia in Tbilisi. Ms. Valentina , received her ballet education at the Tbilisi State Choreographic School. In 1977, she graduated from College and received the title of Ballet dance artist. That same year she joined the Tbilisi Zacharias Paliashvili State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre where she worked with outstanding choreographers such asVakhtang Chabukiani, Georgy Aleksidze, Michael Lavrovskii, Alexander Plisetsky, Nikita Dolgushin and many others.
Since 1996, she has worked at the Dnepropetrovsk State Academic Theater. In 2009, she graduated from the Kherson State University and received her master's degree as a Ballet Teacher in all dance disciplines.
For three consecutive years she has collaborated with Ochi International Ballet in Japan. She was a member of the jury of the Nagoya Ballet Competition and she also worked as a guest Ballet Mistress of the Belgrade National Theater of Opera and Ballet.
She is currently a faculty member of the Dnepropetrovsk Choreographic School where she teaches the Vaganova Method.


Jorge Robledo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he trained in dance and theater. Later he relocates to Spain where he trains with different teachers and choreographers. He has performed on the most outstanding stages world wide and with the most prestigious artists such as Rocio Jurado, Isabel Pantoja among others. He continues to perform with the most prestigious Flamenco companies in South Florida. Jorge teaches only at selected locations in Miami, among them Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet and is also part of the faculty of the Summer Intensive Program of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.

Past faculty:

Liza Maltseva – Vaganova Ballet Academy and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Olga Mekhonoshina – Perm Ballet Academy and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Vladimir Issaev - GITIS and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Mme. Alla Osipenko ( formerly prima ballerina of the Kirov)
Vladimir Issaev (GITIS) Men’s classes and Pas de Deux
Ms. Yulia Kasenkova ( current soloist of the Kirov and faculty member of the Vaganova Ballet Academy)
Ruzana Iremashvilli - V. Chabukiani’s Tbilisi State Choreographic College and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florid
Vladimir Kolesnikov – (formerly soloist of the Kirov and member of the Vaganova Ballet Academy – Ballet and Character )
Ms. Yelena Shertsnieva ( formerly soloist of the Kirov and current faculty member of the Vaganova Ballet Academy – Ballet and Character )
Ms. Ludmila Issaev ( current faculty of the Choreographic School of Voronezh )

Emily Tedesco
Edgar Anido
Diego Salterini – DanceNow Ensemble
Josee Garant
Jorge Robledo – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Maria Risolia
Katie Weiger
Jelena Radojevic
Emilio Sole-Sempere
Pianist Accompanists:
Milagros Teja - Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Susana Makhtina – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Maria Eugenia Del Frade – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Yraima Menendez – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida

Live auditions will be held by appointment only in Miami, FL at the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida studios.
By standards, teachers will adjust student’s body manually to correct alignment and/or technique. If student does not allow this practice, please, do not audition. 
Audition fee: $ 25.00 and application form
By Video 
Students unable to attend to live auditions may audition by video DVD-R. No performance videos, please. Student should wear only leotards and tights for this video, no skirts or costumes Video must be accompanied by a résumé including the student's name and address, birth date, and ballet training background. 
The application fee for video submissions is $20.00 – Personal Checks or Money Order to Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.
Requirements: Students should wear only leotards and tights, no skirts or warmers. Bring short résumé including the student's name and address, birth date, and ballet training background. 
Please include two photos: No portrait photos, thank you
Photos should be
1. In first arabesque
2. In second position echappe (on pointe if applies)


  • A la barre: Tendu, Fondu, Grand Battements
  • Center: Develope devant, a la seconde; first arabesque; pirouettes en dedans and en dehors; sautés in first position (16 jumps)
  • Diagonal: Grand jetés
  • Pointe work: Echappé combination with passé; Pirouettes (For advanced students: fouettés turns)
  • Men’s Requirements: Entrechat Six; Single or Double Tour en l’air

Please send to:
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Summer Program
15939 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
305 948 4777 
Video links are also accepted by sending them to
Classes will not exceed 20 students per level. Once the level reaches full capacity, students will be placed on a wait list 
Tuition and Fees 
AUDITION: $25 (non-refundable)
REGISTRATION: $150 (non refundable and paid before May 1 )
TUITION: $1,350 - (housing or meals are not included)
First tuition payment fee due by June 1: $675 – non refundable
Remainder of tuition due by July 1: $675 – non refundable
A 10% discount will be applied to those who pay registration and  tuition in full by May 1st - Non refundable.
For more information please call 305 948 4777 or email or


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