Liudmila Polonskaya

Guest Instructor

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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Era Jouravlev

Guest Instructor

Era Jouravlev is delivering artistic excellence in ballet training as the Head of the Classical Ballet Program. She continues the Joffrey heritage training techniques and performances. 

Irina Lapteva

Instructor

Irina Lapteva graduated from the Republican Choreographic College with honors, having performed almost all the title roles with the Yakutsk State Opera and Ballet Theater. She then moved to Moscow for her master’s degree. She has toured China and Russia with the Yakutsk State Theater of Opera and Ballet, organized and supervised multiple performances at the Bolshoi Theater and served as a Choreography Director for dance performances at five prominent venues in Egypt. Irina is also the winner of international ballet competitions in Ukraine and Russia.


Irina joined BBT as an instructor in 2009 and is also a frequent soloist in BBT productions. She teaches Pre-ballet, Ballet Level I, Ballet Level II, Rhythmic Dance, and Ballet Pilates. She is also the Program Coordinator for all of BBT’s Arts and Education Programs for Public Schools.

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James Huggins

Guest Instructor

James began his technical training at the age of 18. He received his undergraduate degree in Arts and Letters with a concentration in dance and music from Buffalo State College Dance Company and has danced for several other dance companies such as Via Dance Theater, TASTE Dancers, JB Dance Troupe and NYC Dance Arts Company.


James began teaching with BBT in 2012 and leads many classes in African Fusion, African Modern, Jazz and Hip Hop for our public school partnerships. Additionally, he often leads special workshops for BBT students.

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JoVonna Parks

Guest Instructor

JoVonna is a native of Philadelphia and began her formal training at the Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center in ballet, Horton, and Graham techniques. In 2012 she received her BFA in dance from the joint BFA program of the Ailey School and Fordham University. During college, JoVonna was a member of Ballet Hispanico's second company BHdos. Upon graduation she was invited to work with John-Mark Owen Presents in his premiere of “Requiem”. Additionally, she has danced with Dance Theater of Harlem School Summer Intensive, The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She previously taught at Brooklyn Dance Project and Centerstage East Brunswick.


Joanna has been teaching with BBT since 2013.  She currently teaches Ballet, Martha Graham and Horton Technique and also works as a choreographer of competition pieces for Advanced Division students.

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