Tag: kirov academy of ballet

Joan Boada, Kirov Academy’s New Ballet Artistic Director, Shares How He Prepares Students for Professional Life

Cuban dynamo Joan Boada was a leading star of San Francisco Ballet (SF Ballet), where he performed as a principal dancer for 17 years. During that time, he lent his power, charisma and refinement in works by Helgi Tomasson, George Balanchine, Yuri Possokhov and Christopher Wheeldon, to name a few. Having graduated from the renowned […]

Students of the Kirov Academy of Ballet Learn That Job Readiness Is More Than Stellar Technique

As well-trained as pre-professional students are, how many are ready to move into a company environment at 17 or 18 years old—and succeed? Runqiao Du, artistic director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, has seen many dancers struggle as apprentices and first-year corps members and notes that some don’t make it beyond […]