Svetlana Kravtsova (Founding Artistic Director)
Mrs. Svetlana Kravtsova is the Founding Artistic Director of L’Etoile/The Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland, LLC. A graduate of Ballet Academy of Republic of Moldova, Mrs. Kravtsova completed full 8 years of professional Ballet Academy training with disciplines such as Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variation, Pas-de-Deux, Character Dance, Historical Court Dance, Moldavian Country Dance, Music History, History, of Arts, History of Ballet, History of World Theater, History of Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek Theater, Ethics, Esthetics, Piano, Repertoire (includes participation at professional ballet performances at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova. Mrs. Kravtsova was taught by the world renown ballet teacher and choreographer, Maria Lazareva, as well as G. Yanson, A. Smolentsev. All of the teachers were graduates of Vaganova Academy of Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduation, she danced as a Principal soloist at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova for 20 years, while simultaneously teaching ballet. She has taught classical ballet in a professional ballet Academy in Moldova and was recognized as an outstanding teacher. Ms. Kravtsova was professionally trained in the Vaganova syllabus and has been teaching it since 1982. Mrs. Kravtsova has over 40 years of professional ballet experience. In 1997, Mrs. Kravtsova and her family moved to the United States, where she continued her career as a professional ballet teacher. Mrs. Kravtsova has been invited to guest teach summer intensive classes around the United States. She taught at various schools in Indianapolis, IN and Baltimore/Washington DC metro area prior to opening her own studio. Mrs.Kravtsova is ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Mrs. Kravtsova teaches students of all levels at her own school. She has also taught at one of the most prestigious schools in the world: The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, where she serves as the Deputy Artistic Director. Mrs. Kravtsova is also a Judge for the World Ballet Arts Competition Grand Prix, Canada and founder of the Washington DC Grand Prix.