A master teacher and choreographer, Liudmila joined the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia at age 10, where she was a student of Natalia Dudinskaya. She was also in the last class of students to study with Agrippina Vaganova herself. She then became first ballerina of the Maly Opera Theater, dancing lead roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, among others, and toured throughout Europe and Japan with the company. In 1995, Ms. Polonskaya earned a degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the Vaganova Academy Ballet with a diploma of Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance. She taught classical ballet for the Academy for five years before moving to Rio de Janeiro to teach and choreograph with the Maria Olenewa Dance School of Municipal Theater. She later became School Principal and Second Company Director for Tulsa Ballet in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has been a guest instructor around the world. Her students have danced professionally for Royal Ballet, ABT, Monique Ballet Theater, and National Canada Ballet and have won numerous awards at Youth America Grand Prix and Grand Prix de Lausanne.
Since her first season as a BBT guest instructor in 2014, Liudmila has taught Classical Ballet, Conditioning, Character, Historical Dance and Variations for us. She teaches in our Summer Intensive Program and leads 2-4 workshops per year.
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