Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy




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Summer Camp Faculty

Vadim Picarev
Viktor YeliohinHailed as an international superstar, Pisarev’s technical brilliance has created a sensation throughout the Soviet Union and Europe. Trained at the Kiev Choreographic School under the great teacher Dinisienko, Pisarev won many honors. Both Pisarev and his wife Inna Dorofeyeva were given the title of the People’s Artist of the Ukraine, an honorary and the highest title awarding to outstanding performing artists whose merits are exceptional in the sphere of the development of the performing arts. In 1995 he received the UNESCO prize, “The best dancer in the world.” Pisarev was named Male Dancer of the Year (1990). He was awarded prizes in both Paris and Helsinki, as well as the Gold Medal for the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 1986, and in 1985 Pisarev received the same Gold Medal for the International Ballet Competition in Moscow. Pisarev has traveled and performed often with the Bolshoi Ballet Gala Concerts, Olympic Games, and Festivals of International Stars. Pisarev was formerly a Principal Dancer of the Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Dusseldorf and Duisberg, Germany and is currently the Artistic Director and a Premier Dansuer Emeritus of the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, he travels extensively, performing throughout the world. In reflection on the artistic world, his contribution and dedication to the arts Pisarev states, “I am happy to live on this planet and to have an opportunity to hear the music of prominent composers; Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Maler, Prokofiev, I am also happy to express my feelings, my thoughts through art to which I have devoted all my life, and it is classical ballet! I would like to emphasize the words by Maurice Bejart applying to each of you: "Planets dance, and you?"

Inna Dorofeyeva
Inna DorofeyevaA native of the Chuguyev in Ukraine, Ms. Dorofeyeva studied at the Kiev Choreographic School under the under the tutelage of Varvar P. Mey. Formally a Principal Dancer of the Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Dusseldorf and Duisberg, Germany and Prima Ballerina of the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, she quickly gained international attention. Dorofeyeva has performed the lead roles in Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty. She was awarded the Gold Medal in the first Ukraine Ballet competition, and has toured throughout France, Poland, South Korea, India, Sweden, China, Japan and the USA. In her 1990 tour of the United States she was called a “patrician classical stylist” by the Washington Post and “a dream” by the New York Times. Dorofeyeva currently is a Premier Dansuer Emeritus of the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Both Dorofeyeva and her husband Vadim Pisarev were given the title of the People’s Artist of the Ukraine, an honorary and the highest title awarding to outstanding performing artists whose merits are exceptional in the sphere of the development of the performing arts.

Svetlana Zherdeva
Svetlana ZherdevaSvetlana Zherdeva was born in Russia. She received her choreographic education at the College of Culture and Arts in Perm, Russia. She has performed professionally for 20years with several companies and became a Principal Dancer in the Stavropol Cossack's Dance Company. She has toured in Europe and the USA. In 2005 she received her diploma with Honors from Stavropol State Pedagogic University as a Professional Dance Teacher.

Cody Smith
Cody SmithCody has been dancing professionally for 15 years. Locally, he has performed for the Fulton Theatre, American Music Theatre, and at EPAC. In New York, he has been a member of the ensemble of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for the past 11 years. He has also assisted in numerous Broadway workshops and Off-Broadway productions, as well as, acting as Dance Captain in many regional and touring companies. Cody also directs and choreographs locally. He is the current director of the Hempfield Dance Theatre program, he has choreographed dozens of show for EPAC, as well as for the Hempfield Music program, Ephrata HS, Cedar Crest HS, the Cobalt Dance Company, and Rev9 Dance Company. He enjoys teaching Jazz and Musical Theatre and looks forward to working with a variety of local studios.