About the Company:
Created in 2016 by Artistic Directors, Svetlana Kravtsova and Vadim Pijicov, The Classical Ballet Theatre of Maryland is 501(c)3 non-profit, professional ballet company designed to fill the void of quality, professional ballet in Howard County, MD. Ms. Kravtsova and Mr. Pijicov both serve as instructors at L'Etoile- The Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland, the school affiliated with The Classical Ballet Theatre of Maryland's ballet company. Having both danced with various ballet companies throughout the world, they bring highly sought-after expertise to an area in need of its own professional ballet company. Together, they have produced excellent ballet performances, such as Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and many more. Our professionals are eager to begin rehearsing for the ballet season, but cannot do so without your support.
- A primary goal of the company is to provide education to the community about classical ballet. The Ballet will perform major classical ballet shows as a manner of outreach. Preparation for the shows will require extensive training and education in classical ballet.
- Another major goal of the company is to help make ballet education more affordable for students, both through individual and group fundraising efforts.
- A pre-professional dance environment is provided to all members of the ballet company. To create such an environment, students are encouraged to work hard and improve their dance talents to the best of their abilities. As a way of recognizing and rewarding work ethic and talent, scholarship opportunities will be provided to students and awarded on a competitive basis.
About the Artistic Directors:
Mrs. Svetlana Kravtsova is the Founding Artistic Director of L’Etoile/The Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland, LLC. A graduate of Ballet Academy of Republic of Moldova, Mrs. Kravtsova completed full 8 years of professional Ballet Academy training with disciplines such as Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variation, Pas-de-Deux, Character Dance, Historical Court Dance, Moldavian Country Dance, Music History, History, of Arts, History of Ballet, History of World Theater, History of Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek Theater, Ethics, Esthetics, Piano, Repertoire (includes participation at professional ballet performances at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova. Mrs. Kravtsova was taught by the world renown ballet teacher and choreographer, Maria Lazareva, as well as G. Yanson, A. Smolentsev. All of the teachers were graduates of Vaganova Academy of Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduation, she danced as a Principal soloist at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova for 20 years, while simultaneously teaching ballet. She has taught classical ballet in a professional ballet Academy in Moldova and was recognized as an outstanding teacher. Ms. Kravtsova was professionally trained in the Vaganova syllabus and has been teaching it since 1982. Mrs. Kravtsova has over 40 years of professional ballet experience. In 1997, Mrs. Kravtsova and her family moved to the United States, where she continued her career as a professional ballet teacher. Mrs. Kravtsova has been invited to guest teach summer intensive classes around the United States. She taught at various schools in Indianapolis, IN and Baltimore/Washington DC metro area prior to opening her own studio. Mrs.Kravtsova is ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Mrs. Kravtsova teaches students of all levels at her own school. She has also taught at one of the most prestigious schools in the world: The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, where she formerly served as the Deputy Artistic Director. Mrs. Kravtsova is also a Judge for the World Ballet Arts Competition Grand Prix, Canada and founder of the Washington DC Grand Prix.
Mr. Vadim Pijicov is the ballet master at L’Etoile Ballet Academy, LLC. He received his education at the world famous and most prestigious Academy of Russian Ballet A. Vaganova in St. Petersburg, Russia. He completed full 8 years of professional Ballet Academy training with disciplines such as Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variation, Pas-de-Deux, Character Dance, Historical Court Dance, Music History, History, of Arts, History of Ballet, History of World Theater, History of Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek Theater, Ethics, Esthetics, Piano, Repertoire (includes participation at professional ballet performances at Mariinsky Ballet Theater). Mr. Pijicov had some of the most famous and world renown ballet teachers, such as, N. Serebrenyakov, I. Gensler, O. Sokolov. After graduating, he enjoyed a spectacular career as a Principal Ballet Dancer with the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova, where he danced all major Principal and Soloist roles. Mr. Pijicov has also worked as a Principal Dancer at the prestigious Liliana Cozi/Shtefanescu Ballet Company of Regio-Emilia, Italy, and as a soloist with Ballet Internationale of Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Pijicov was awarded the Best Partner Award at the International Ballet Competition, Oleg Danovsky, Constanza, Romania. Mr. Pijicov began his teaching career at Ballet Academy of Republic of Moldova and he has further expanded his pedagogic career by teaching at various schools around the United States, such as the Baltimore School For The Arts and The Kirov Academy of Ballet. His career as a professional ballet dancer was concluded in 2004 and since then, his focus has been entirely dedicated to pedagogy. He is also a Judge for the World Ballet Arts Competition Grand Prix, Canada and a founder of The Washington DC Grand Prix.