Evgeny Goremykin

Principal and Artistic Director

Evgeny Goremykin

Principal and Artistic Director

Born in Moscow, Evgeny studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy directed by Sophia Golovkina and Maxim Martirosian. He graduated in 1977 from the class of Honoured Artists of Russia and the USSR Boris Rachmanin and Natalia Zolotova. Upon graduation, Evgeny was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Company, under the direction of Yuri Grigorovich. Evgeny’s career in the Bolshoi Ballet lasted over 20 years, during which time he was fortunate enough to work with great Russian teachers such as Raisa Struchkova, Galina Ulanova, Marina Semionova and Boris Akimov. Evgeny performed Principal and Soloist roles in the entire classical repertoire of the theatre and in the productions of Yuri Grigorovich, touring over 60 countries both with the Bolshoi Ballet and as a guest Principal.

Aside from his Career at the Bolshoi, Evgeny graduated with full honours from the Moscow Academy of Theatre and Arts with a diploma of teaching and from the Moscow State University as a journalist and ballet critic. Evgeny has also trained and choreographed for European and international sports champions.

Irina Prokofyeva

Senior Years Girls’ Technique Teacher and Senior Repetiteur

After graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (class of G. N. Kirillova), Irina became a principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet. She danced leading roles in the classical repertoire including Princess Florine “The Sleeping Beauty”,  Giselle “Giselle”,  Katerina “The Stone Flower”,  Shirin “Legend of Love” and Phrygia “Spartacus”. In 1983 Irina was awarded the title of Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, one of the most important honorary titles granted to artists in Russia. In  2004 Irina became a senior teacher of classical female technique (advanced level) at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, as well as senior repetiteur for the Kremlin Ballet and the Ballet of the State Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). She is especially well known for her work with foreign students. Irina has also been awarded the Order of the Badge of Honour for her input into the art of ballet. She is a member of the Union of the Theatre Professionals of Russia.

Irina Prokofyeva

Senior Years Girls’ Technique Teacher and Senior Repetiteur

Galina Kozlova

Middle Years Girls’ Technique and Reptiteur

Galina Kozlova

Middle Years Girls’ Technique and Reptiteur

After graduating from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (class of L. K. Cherkasova) in 1965, Galina worked at the Bolshoi Theatre and became a principal dancer. Her theatrical repertoire included Myrtha “Giselle”, Tsar-Maiden “The Humpbacked Horse”, “Chopiniana”, “Sleeping Beauty”, Queen of the Dryads “Don Quixote”, Magnolia “Chipollino”. In addition to the classics, she also performed extensively in contemporary ballet and has acted in ballet films which include “Doctor Dolittle,“ Giselle”, “Chopiniana” and “Galina Kozlova Dances”.

In 1976 Galina was awarded the title of Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, one of the most important honorary titles granted to artists in Russia. After the end of her career as a ballet dancer, Galina worked as a senior teacher at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. She has taught extensively abroad in Japan, in South Korea at the National Seoul Opera and Ballet Theatre, in the USA in Washington and in Brazil at the Bolshoi Theatre School in Brazil.

Marina Kamburova

Head of Foundation Years and Pre-Vocational Training

Marina studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. She was in the class of Natalia Dudinskaya, herself a  student of Agrippina Vaganova and prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Ballet from the 1930s through to the 1950s. Dudinskaya was arguably the most famous teacher of the Academy. After graduation, Marina became a principal dancer of the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St Petersburg. She danced in all the main classical ballets, namely “The Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake”, “The Little Humpbacked Horse” and all principal roles in the ballets choreographed by Mr N.N. Boyarchikov, Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet. After retiring from dancing in 2000 Marina began her teaching career and has over 18 year year of teaching experience specialising in the foundation years of training

Marina Kamburova

Head of Foundation Years and Pre-Vocational Training

Ekaterina Krasyuk

Head of Children’s Ballet and Foundation Years Teacher

Ekaterina Krasyuk

Head of Children’s Ballet and Foundation Years Teacher

Ekaterina graduated from the Vaganova Academy in 2009 in the class of Professor Lyudmilla Safronova and was the recipient of the Galina Ulanova Honorary Award. She joined the Mikhailovsky Theatre on graduation moving to the Mariinsky Theatre in 2013 . Her repertoire in St Petersburg included principal and soloist roles in the major ballets including Aurora, Lilac Fairy, Princess Florine “Sleeping Beauty”, Odette,/Odile, Pas de Trois “Swan Lake”, Odalisque, Gulnara “Corsaire” Masha “Nutcracker” and also many contemporary roles in the works of Balanchine, Forsyth and Nacho Duato. In 2017 she became a Principal Dancer with the Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, South Korea where she continued to expand her repertoire dancing leading roles in the major ballets. Ekaterina decided to end her dancing career and wishes to pass on the knowledge she received from her great teachers to young children.

Grisha Ivanov

Grisha Ivanov trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow in the class of Yuri Vasyuchenko. On graduation he danced in Moscow and then became a soloist at the Jacobsen Company in St Petersburg. He has danced most solo classical roles in the repertoire and is a specialist working with boys’ technique.

Grisha Ivanov

Christina Kostoula

Head of Outreach Programme in Partnership Schools

Christina Kostoula

Head of Outreach Programme in Partnership Schools

Dr Christina Kostoula was born in Athens where she trained in Russian ballet and specialised in the Boris Kniaseff barre-à- terre method. She holds a BA in French literature and a Masters in Performance and Culture. She has worked in the field of social inclusion through the performing arts and was an artistic director for Chicken Shed Theatre’s national outreach projects from 2001 to  2006. In 2008 she completed her PhD in Dance Pedagogy (University of Surrey) and has been a lecturer in undergraduate and postgraduate dance programs at Goldsmiths College, Middlesex University, the University of Roehampton and is a visiting academic at the Department of Dance in the University Malta. She is also working as a dramaturge for contemporary dance companies in Greece and Cyprus. Christina is passionate about enthusing all ages and abilities to access the tradition of Russian ballet and is currently making ballet training available to over 325 children, as part of her teaching for The School of Classical Russian Ballet’s education programme involving primary schools in Lambeth.

Naomi Norris

Contemporary Dance

Naomi Norris trained at the Queensland Conservatoire of Ballet Brisbane, Australia and then at the New Zealand School of Dance. On graduation she joined the AJKUN Ballet Theatre of Contemporary Dance in New York where she danced for a number of years. She returned to Sydney where she worked with the dance faculties of different universities as both teacher and examiner and at the Hill Song College where she created original contemporary pieces for the students as well as writing the contemporary dance syllabus. Naomi has been teaching for over five years.

Naomi Norris

Contemporary Dance

Inga George

Ballet Teacher

Inga George

Ballet Teacher

Inga graduated from the V. Chabukiani Ballet School with distinction and joined the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre Named After Z. Paliashvili where she began as a soloist and progressed to becoming a prima. She performed in many classical ballets, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote amongst them.

Later in her career Inga taught classical ballet at the V. Chabukiani Ballet School in Tbilisi and was appointed Assistant Artistic Director, working together with T. Vashakidze, the principal dancer and choreographer of the Ballet School.