Started dancing at age 4 with J. Erglis Smatzoff School of Russian Ballet. From there she moved to the American National Academy where she studied ballet, tap, jazz and musical theater. At age 13 she decided to take a break from dancing and try cheerleading. Then moved on to Moorpark College to earn her AA degree in Dance. Heavily involved with performing arts at Moorpark College, she performed on stage in over 20 major productions. Besides dancing and cheerleading, she chose to be an active member of the student body and became involved in student government. During her final year at Moorpark College, Natalya, was elected to serve as President of the Associated Students. After Moorpark she moved onto San Francisco State University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Dance. After graduation Natalya opened up Dance In Motion in 2001, where She has taught kids and adults dance fitness classes. Natalya also received her Pilates Certification in 2007.
Marie-France Levesque: Ballet Ponite
Born in Montreal, Canada, started training at age seven with the School of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
In 1982, she was awarded a grant from Canada Council of the Arts to study in New York with outstanding teachers as with David Howard, William Burmann, Robert Denvers and William Griffith.
In 1985, she danced the lead role in Brian McDonald’s “The Garden of the Heart” created on her for the inauguration of the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts, and has been broadcasted on National Television (CBS, fall 1985).
In 1985, Marie-France joined the American Ballet Theatre under Mikhail Baryshnikov’s directorship. Marie-France appeared as a guest artist performing the Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy with The Maryland Ballet and The Richmond Ballet.
In 2013, Marie-France created and established her 12 member dance company The Los Angeles Dance Company for which she is the founder, director, choreographer and dancer. She performed in 13 pieces in her latest performance: “On Pointe” at 50.
Artour Bajanov: Ballet
Mr.Bajanov received his Diploma in Ballet & Choreography from Ufa Academy of Ballet & Choreography (since renamed Rudolph Nuriev Bashkir Choreographic Academy).
He began his career as a principle and solo dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and Moscow State Ballet.
While touring internationally throughout Europe and the USA, Mr. Bajanov performed in: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and other ballets under Artistic Director, Yuri Grigorovich. In the USA Mr. Bajanov has performed with Arlington Ballet (now Metropolitan Classical Ballet of Texas,) Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels, Morrison Dance, and Ohio Dance Theatre. Over the past twelve years, Mr. Bajonov has taught dance and presented dance workshops for students of all ages in Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium and the USA. He has also studied and performed Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, and all styles of Ballroom Dance. In ballet Mr. Bajanov teaches the Vaganova Method with an emphasis on physical strength and precise technique. He has created original choreography for regional and national ballet/contemporary dance competitions including: YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix of 2007 in Chicago, IL and Orlando, FL in 2009, San Diego, CA in 2012), Hollywood Connection in Los Angeles, CA (2008) and many others. His students have been awarded gold and silver medals for solo performances Mr. Bajanov has choreographed. Many of them received scholarships to pursue their dance careers at colleges and universities such as Mercyhurst College and Ohio State University. Others have gone on to study with Alvin Ailey and American Dance Theatre. 2nd 2013 at the Scherr Forum Theatre of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.