WHO WE ARE

WE LOVE OUR STUDENTS AND VERY PROUD OF EACH OF THEM!

We are here to increase the educational and enjoyment level of students and produce exceptional quality performances in dance.

Whether looking to enjoy a single class or aspiring for a professional career in the arts, all students receive the same professional, high level quality of instruction. A wide selection of classes: Pre-Ballet, Intermediate and Advanced Ballet, Jazz, and Character Dance, provide training for all ages, toddler thru adult, and beginner thru professional. We offer private instruction and international competition training.

Students have the unique opportunity to study the Vaganova syllabus, as taught at the Bolshoi. The Vaganova method is a solid dance curriculum systemized by Agrippina Vaganova, one of the most important dance teachers of the twentieth century.

FIVE TOP REASONS TO CHOOSE US:

  • the quality and diversity of our faculty

  • the scope and excellence of our curriculum

  • a state of the art facility at a convenient locations

  • a competitive and affordable pricing structure

  • Academy offering performance opportunity.


This strong technical foundation of classical ballet not only creates the ballet artist but also gives a student of jazz, modern or hip-hop the greatest opportunity for success. Our jazz, modern, and character dance instructors have studied under some of the finest instructors in their field and continue to dance professionally. Our youngest students are introduced to proper technique in a nurturing environment that develops their love of dance in a format that stresses fun, posture, body positions, and playground movements that become dance steps. Our advanced students have received top awards at international competitions, received dance scholarships to universities, and have gone on to work with other professional companies.

Established in 2001 by Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy, Academy opened our doors to students of all ages where every student receiving attention in every classes. We do believe in proper classical technique. Training in the school is based on Vaganova (Russian training) Method, developed by Agrippina Vaganova in 1934. Her Methods still used by many professional schools and ballet companies throughout the world. This method develops great strength, beautiful lines, perfect positions, artistry in every student and dancer. Classical Ballet technique is very important to every dancer or artist.

In addition Anastasia and Denis served as Master Lecturers at UARTS and has been Principals of School of PA Ballet.

In this short time we have taught over 1000 students and many become professional dancers with ballet companies in United States and abroad including PA Ballet, Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and many others. Our students are competing in professional ballet competitions like YAGP, American Ballet Competition, Universal Ballet Competition, Easton Ballet Competition, World Ballet Art Competition and others (List of Awards included).

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Anastasia and Denis also work with competition ice skaters and couples to refine their technique.

Academy providing full length performance of “Nutcracker” every year for more than 1000 audience members with more than 60 students in every production. Every year we have at least 3-5 outreach performances in great locations like the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), the Brandywine Museum of Art, Brandywine Museum, Assisted living throughout Delaware and Chester counties and more.

Anastasia and Denis choreographed and re-staged full length performances such as La Sylphide, Giselle, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Carnival of the Animals and many others. Create many contemporary works for competitions and performances. Worked on many collaborations with other schools, companies and orchestras.

As of 2017 Academy of Int’l Ballet has a Composer In Residence. Jennifer Nicole Campbell in addition to holding her M.M. and B.M. degrees from Peabody Conservatory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Campbell brings a wealth of composing and performance experience to our students and our performances. She has performed at notable halls including Lincoln Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Grand Opera House in Delaware, and the Musikhauset Aarhus in Denmark among others, and her compositions have been aired on Philadelphia's WRTI and New York's WQXR. We have started collaborations and engaged in creating beautiful pieces of art.

Many of our students who have competed in competitions have received full and partial scholarships for summer programs, and year round programs in dance schools throughout United States and Russia.

In addition to Art of Dance, Anastasia designs, builds and adjusts ballet costumes, and Denis produces professional photography and videography. www.gron.smugmug.com

AWARDS

YAGP

2014 Outstanding Teacher Award

2017 Outstanding teacher Award

2015 Outstanding Teacher Award

2014 3rd Place Ensembles

2012 1st Place Pre-Competitive Age Division
2017 2nd Place Junior Age Division Classical Ballet Category

2014 Hope Award
2011 3rd Place Pre-Competitive Age Division
2009 1st Place Junior Age Division Contemporary Dance Category

2014 3rd Place Pre-Competitive Age Division
2008 3rd Place Junior Age Division Contemporary Dance Category

2007 3rd Place Ensembles
2006 2nd Place Pre-Competitive Age Division
2005 Outstanding Teacher Award
2007 1st Place Ensembles

2009 2nd Place Senior Age Division
2005 1st Place Ensembles
2007 2nd Place Junior Age Division Classical Ballet Category

2007 Outstanding Teacher Award
2011 3rd Place Ensembles
2015 1st Place Junior Age Division Classical Ballet Category
2015 1st Place Junior Age Division Contemporary Dance Category

2008 3rd Place Junior Age Division Classical Ballet Category
2016 2nd Place Junior age Division Classical Ballet Category

The American Ballet Competition

2014 2nd Place Ensemble
2005 Teacher of Distinction Award (Junior Division)

Youth Dance Festival

2004 Outstanding School Award

2004 1st Place Award Solo
2004 First Place Award Ensemble

WBAC Grand Prix

2014 Semi-Final Best School Award

2014 Best School Award
2014 3rd Place Award Classical

2014 1st Place Award Classical

2014 1st Place Award Contemporary

2014 3rd Place Award Contemporary

2015 Best Teacher Award

2015 Best School Award
2015 Best Choreographer Award

2015 1st Place Award
2015 2nd Place Award
2015 3rd Place Award

2016 3rd Place Award
2016 2nd Place Award
2016 Best Choreography Award

2016 Best Teacher Award
2016 1st Place Award
2016 3rd Place Award Contemporary

2016 Potential Award Classical

Easton Ballet Competition

2016 Outstanding School Award

2016 Outstanding Teacher Award

2016 Cameo Award Division II

2016 Contemporary Award

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition VKIBC

Bronze Medal


State of Representative


Outstanding Teacher Award 

Universal Ballet Competition

2017 First Place Ensemble

2017 Third Place Ensemble

2017 Fifth Place

2017 Eleven Place

2017 Thirteen Place

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