Administrative Contacts

Vladimir Lepisko

Mon-Fri  4:30pm-8:30pm 

 Sun 10:00am-2:00pm


Anastasiya Sheremet

Mon-Fri 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm


Inna Gilkis

Vladimir Lepisko

Administrative and Managerial Consultant

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.


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Anastasiya Sheremet

Administrative and Development Assistant

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.

Inna Gilkis

Accounting and Financial Consultant

Inna is a graduate of St. Petersburg Music Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has worked with BBT for more than 20 years and advises on all billing, accounting and financial issues.


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Larisa Akinicheva (Smirnova)


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.

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Sophia Ioffe


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.

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Anastasia Fedorova

Special Guest Dancer and Instructor

A native of Moscow, Anastasia began her dance education at an early age.  She graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (MGAH) in 2011 and competed in the International Ballet Competition “Transformation” in St. Petersburg in 2012, where she won first place in the Classical Dance Solo and Folk Dance Solo categories.  Anastasia studied professionally with Tatiana Galtseva, Alla Boguslavskaia and Irina Pyatkina. She danced in “Notre Dame de Paris,” “Vain Precaution,” “Paquita” and “Arogonskaya Jota” among other roles on the Bolshoi stage. Anastasia also performed with the Kremlin Ballet company, where she had roles in “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Le Corsaire,” “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and more. She also toured throughout Russia and more than ten countries with the company. Anastasia won first place in the World Ballet Art competition in New York in 2015 and will participate in the finals in Canada in 2016. Additionally, she has appeared in movies, documentaries and television series including a lead role in the movie “Bolshoi” (2015) and the Russian version of the reality shows “The Bachelor” and “Rendezvous with the Stars”.

Anastasia first came to BBT in 2014.

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Ana Lejava


​Anna is a native of Tbilisi, Georgia, and began her training in the Republic of Georgia’s State Ballet School where she studied with Nina Ananiashvili. She also followed in the footsteps of her mother, who was a Georgian National dancer. Ana received a full scholarship to attend the the Kirov Academy of Ballet, which brought her to Washington D.C. to continue her dance education. She subsequently earned a dual degree in political science and dance from Birmingham-Southern College in 2014.

Anna joined BBT in 2014. She teaches and performs Georgian traditional folk dance, Improvisation, and Russian Vaganova style Classical Ballet for all levels.

Rosalia Germash

Music Advisor

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.

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Tatyana Lugovska

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.

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