Larisa Akinicheva (Smirnova)
Marina Del Elmo
Administrative and Managerial Consultant, LV Agency
Vladimir is a graduate of the Kiev State Choreographic Academy in Ukraine, where he was a student of Valeriy Parsegov and Irina Bulatova (who herself was a student of Agrippina Vaganova). For 16 years he danced with companies in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and the US and participated in an exchange program with the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Having joined BBT in 1993, Vladimir manages the day-to-day affairs of the the School of Russian American Ballet at Kingsborough Community College. He is also responsible for BBT’s strategic planning, marketing, and advertising efforts.
Anastasiya joined BBT in 2016 and works from our office at Kingsborough Community College. She studied international tourism at Krakowska Akademia im. Andrzeja Modrzewskiego, Krakow, Poland and previously worked in a Brooklyn travel agency. She is responsible for managing all the grant application paperwork and supplemental materials, organizing school meetings and lecture-demonstrations, processing scholarship applications, responding to information requests and assisting with all performance logistics.
LARISA AKINICHEVA (SMIRNOVA)
Consultant (Classical Ballet Division Instructor)
After graduating Perm Academic State School of Choreography, Larisa joined the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet in Perm, Russia as a soloist. During her career, she performed solo and principal roles in numerous ballets and toured extensively with the Tchaikovsky Ballet Company throughout the major cities of Europe, Japan, and Australia. Ms. Akinicheva has also been a member of the Connecticut Ballet Center’s faculty since 1996.
She started with BBT in 2006 and teaches Pointe Technique (Beginner and Advanced), Variations (ages 11+) and Classical Ballet (ages 10+). She also teaches private classes for the Advanced Division in summer.
Consultant (Character Division Instructor)
Sophia was a soloist with the youth ensemble “Young Leningrader” as a child. She then graduated St. Petersburg State University in 1984 and returned to “Young Leningrader” as its Artistic Director in 1986. Under her leadership the ensemble has attracted many talented new teachers and and its participating students have received numerous awards and international acclaim. Sophia herself has been recognized for her creative and educational achievements in working with gifted children; she was awarded the titles of Presidential Award Winner, “Exemplar of Public Education” and “Distinguished Cultural Worker” by the Russian Federation.
She began teaching as a guest instructor at BBT in 2013 and joined full time in 2015. She teaches Character Dance and Ballet for younger students.
MARINA DEL ELMO
Consultant (Classical Ballet Division Instructor)
Marina is a former Vaganova Ballet Artist that was born in Venezuela. she auditioned at the Ballet Keyla Ermecheo where she got a scholarship and graduated as a ballerina and she finished Ballet Sovietico Workshop with Russian masters of Bolshoi Theater Eric Volodin and Maya Samokhvalova. She performed for Ballet Juvenil and was a
ballet dancer founder of Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas. After intensive training Marina won a scholarship to the GITIS State Institute of Theatrical Arts in Moscow Russia to continue her profession as a ballet dancer and instructor where she obtained a pedagogue-choreographer Ballet Master Certificate. Marina has began teaching at BBT in 2019.
Consultant (Children Division Instructor)
Olga is an educated award-winning dance instructor. She has extensive expertise in working with children of all ages as well as adults. Before joining BBT in 2018, Olga has participated in various competitions and championships as a choreographer and jury.
Consultant (Contemporary Division Instructor)
Maija graduated from Academy with a BFA in Dance and Pedagogy in her native Latvia. Scholarship recipient at Martha Graham School in New York. Although Maija is a passionate Graham Technique teacher, her heart belongs to a contemporary/lyrical style. Applying the knowledge of the mentioned styles is Maija's signature – momentum, suspension, dramatic climax, and fun. She likes to apply depth and layers starting from enjoyable combinations with various challenges, paying attention to technique and improvement performance skills and musicality.
Maija began teaching at BBT as a guest instructor and consultant in 2018.
Rosalia formerly worked at the Gogol Theater in Poltava, Ukraine as the principal pianist. She also taught in the Ukrainian School of Arts and the Institute of Advanced Teachers, also in Poltava, before coming to the US.
She has been a music consultant and accompanist for BBT’s Advanced Division since 2010. Her work with our Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer is instrumental to the creation of new ballets for BBT students.
Wardrobe Consultant and Costume Designer
Tatyana graduated from the school belonging to the Union of Artists of Ukraine and studied watercolor in the studio of V. N. Batiushkov. She received her diploma from the National University of Technology and Design in Kyiv and went on to work at the Guild of Movie Artists of Ukraine and also as a production designer and costume designer for the Dovzhenko Film Studios. She began advising BBT in 2015 and designs and supervises all aspects of costuming for BBT performances.