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IRINA VASSILENI-URALSKY
  

   Irina Vassileni-Uralsky is a well-known instructor and restager of classical ballet. She has also been an Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education for a regional ballet company. She is a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and, later studied Ballet Instruction and Methodology of Classical Ballet at the State Institute of Theatrical Arts (G.I.T.I.S).

   With their company, Uralsky Dance Productions, Inc., Mrs. Uralsky and her husband, Konstantin Uralsky, provide master classes, seminars, private coaching and choreography to professional ballet companies, ballet schools and universities nationwide. The caliber of their teaching always brings excitement to students and teachers alike. As part of their goal to advance the quality of classical ballet, they have also brought together a number of teachers from around the country to study classical methodology and dance pedagogy.

   In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Uralsky established the Russian Ballet School in Sea Cliff, New York. Their school follows the graded syllabus of Agripina Vaganova (1871-1951), which is recognized worldwide as the foremost method of teaching ballet. Irina Vassileni-Uralsky has successfully adapted and implemented the Vaganova syllabus for the United States learning environment. In addition, her approach to ballet instruction focuses on the educational experience, rather than the recreational encounter.

   Recently, their Russian Ballet School received the honor of being the first school in the United States to be accredited by the Russian Dance Association.

   Mrs. Uralsky moved to the United States in 1990, when she was invited to become Ballet Mistress and Director of Education for Ballet Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. She held the position from 1991 to 1997 which time she was the director of a 200-plus student school. She managed the administrative staff and the teaching staff and coordinated all projects on behalf of the school including curriculum, advertising, marketing, and other special events. In addition to her duties within the school, Mrs. Uralsky was also an integral part of company functions. Her responsibilities as Associate Artistic Director included restaging classical ballets and coaching dancers at every level within the company from principals to corps de ballet.

   Mrs. Uralsky began her training by entering the Moscow Academic Choreographic School (Bolshoi Ballet Academy) in Moscow, Russia at the age of ten. After graduating in 1979, she was asked to join the Bolshoi Ballet, touring worldwide, and performing with the company in Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Spartacus, Paquita, and many others.

   Simultaneously to performing with the company, Mrs. Uralsky chose to continue her education by attending the National Institute of Theatrical Arts (G.I.T.I.S) studying Ballet Instruction and Methodology of Classical Ballet as well as other disciplines.


   
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