I was born in Yakutsk, one of the coldest cities on earth, the capital of Sakha Republic, Siberia, a big part of Russian Federation.
Dancing means joy, and as a teacher I rejoice with every new generation of children who discover and learn the first dance moves, every year in New York public schools.
As a dance teacher and coordinator of Brighton Ballet Theater’s education programs in public schools, I enjoy these moments of satisfaction at the end of each school year.
Working with children on the autism spectrum is very challenging, but is also rewarding. These are children who need special attention, special teaching methods. But once they become familiar with the new environment of the dance class and after the first basic exercises they already begin to establish self confidence. And then, some of them really open and become creative, that’s when you start seeing
A highly recommended performance is playing this weekend in New York -“Flames of Paris” by Russian Mikhailovsky Ballet Theater – a vibrant, dramatic play which take place back in 1792 during the French Revolution. I had never performed in this historical ballet, that it why I am always very excited to see “Flames of Paris” because for me there are not so many ballet plays which you can go and really enjoy watching without comparing different choreographies and their performances or having a nostalgic moment when you remember yourself doing this part. Moreover, I really appreciate the work of Mikhailovsky Ballet. – the largest private ballet theater in Russia.
To be a teacher is to eliminate pride and think about others the same as you think about yourself and your family. Your class becomes your family. You get to know your students by their names, and every day you learn more about their personality. Once you know them and they feel it, students are happy and confident when you are around them, and that gives you motivation. You’re doing your best to stay on top of your field inside and outside of your areas of expertise, and your knowledge must not be limited to curriculum and art canons. But you must also create an atmosphere of motivation and confidence that keeps the good vibe in the class and this is the way to do so:
I am very excited about our performance by my troupe of dancers from the public school I teach to.
I’ve been working with my girls from the dance magnet group of I.S. 228 for over a year now, I come to know them, to see their progress and to admire their determination.