Encore’s Marika Gould will be attending the Kirov Academy of Ballet in the Fall! Marika received her cord in Dance AND Cirque. Marika’s dance training was exclusively ENCORE. Congratulations Marika!

Kirov History

Founded in 1989, and opening its doors in 1990, the Kirov Academy of Ballet is the epitome of world-class ballet training. Serious students from around the world attend this institution to prepare for a professional career in classical ballet. Our internationally recognized faculty teaches aspiring young dancers using the methodology of the St. Petersburg-based Vaganova Ballet Academy, the most famous and influential classical ballet school in the world with a legacy more than 270 years old. The Vaganova Ballet Academy and its unique training method has created the world’s most famous dancers including Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Diana Vishneva, Natalia Osipova, Daniil Simkin, Ulyana Lopatkina , Evgenia Obraztsova , Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Alexei Timofeyev. The Kirov Academy of Ballet (KAB) exists to continue that legacy in the United States and make it relevant to today’s dancers.

Kirov Graduates

The Kirov’s most notable accomplishment is its ongoing ability to train ballet dancers, who have gone on to perform with such professional companies as American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet, to name a few.

Graduates of The Kirov Academy of Ballet include Sascha Radetsky, Rasta Thomas, Hee Seo, Michele Wiles, Danny Tidwell, Tyler Nelson, and Maria Bystrova.