Nazgul Ryskulova Shinn has been teaching ballet for the past ten years. Having experience teaching all age levels from toddlers to advanced, her students have gained great growth and success, as shown by them placing in various ballet competitions such as the YAGP, WBAC Grand Prix, Prix de Lausanne, Spotlight, and many more.
Nazgul received her training from the Almaty Ballet Academy in Kazakhstan. Upon graduation, she was invited to work at the Kyrgyz National Ballet Theater as a coryphée. She was then awarded a scholarship to study at the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington D.C.; whereuponshe was recruited to work at the Universal Ballet Company, under the artistic direction of Oleg Vinogradov in Seoul, Korea.
As a dancer she has toured throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, including performances in Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, France, England, Austria, Canada, and the US. Her professional repertoire includes classical ballets such as La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Chopiniana and Sleeping Beauty, as well as contemporary.
Arpine Azlvyan was a dancer in the Armenian National Theatre of Ballet and Opera for ten years and graduated from the School of Choreography in Armenia. She has more than fifteen years of experience as a ballet dancer, and has performed in many ballets such as Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Bayadere, Paquita, Gayane, Les Sylphydes, Le Corsaire among many others. She has been a dance instructor and choreographer since 1993 teaching ballet to children and adults in all aspects of dance, preparation and performance. She has a comprehensive knowledge of all forms of dance and loves to teach young children.
Stacey Orleans was born and raised in Mountain View, CA, and began her life as a dancer at the age of 4. Throughout her teen years, she was a core dancer in The Dance Company of San Francisco under the direction of Chris Jacobsen. In 2003, Stacey moved the Los Angeles to attend her dream school, UCLA, where she received Bachelors Degrees in both Psychology and World Arts and Cultures with a concentration in Dance. During her years at UCLA, she was a Director for NSU Modern as well as a dancer on the award winning hip-hop group, Team Millennia. After college, Stacey traveled the world as a principal dancer and company manager on the beautiful Holland America Line cruise ship, the ms Amsterdam. Some of Stacey’s other credits include Viennie V, Quadron, and Unity Dance Company (under the direction of Tessandra Chavez), to name a few. Stacey is currently represented for dance and on-camera by MSA. In 2013, Stacey founded In Studio Dance and she currently travels around the country sharing her passion for teaching with dancers of all ages.
Brandi Freas-Cusick, born and raised in Southern California, started dancing at the age of seven. In her younger years she trained at many studios all over Orange and Los Angles County. She started working professionally at the age of 16, and has been fortunate enough to travel the world dancing professionally. Her works include dancing for the Chinese New Year in Macau, China, five contracts at Tokyo Disney for "One Man's Dream 2", Holland America Cruise Line, Glory of Christmas, and Knotts Scary Farm. She has also performed for artists such as Heather Smalls, Zoey Badwi, and Ellenie Galestian. Film includes High School Musical 2 dancer, dancer for Panic at the Disco music video and various commercials for Tokyo Disney Resort. She has also performed for magicians such as Ed Alonzo, Chris Mitchell and Leo Ward, and has performed in multiple shows around Japan and here on the west coast. Her passion for dance is why she continues to expand her knowledge and expertise in the field, and is eager to share and teach others.
Keyara Joseph previously trained towards a professional career in Classical Ballet, primarily under the direction of Nazgul Ryskulova Shinn. Keyara began her ballet training at a relatively late age of thirteen. Due to this late start, her first 2 years of training with Ms. Nazgul and Mr. Askar was focused to accelerate her training and to catch up with those in her age bracket. Through extremely hard work and dedication, Keyara was able to achieve many successes and she advanced very quickly. Only two years after she began ballet in 2016, she placed in the Top 24 in two regional YAGP venues in the Womens Senior Classical Division. Aside from her day to day training, Keyara was invited to attend renowned summer intensive programs such as the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington D.C, Princess Grace Academy in Monaco and the Bolshoi NY Summer Intensive. Keyara was ultimately invited to train full-time at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. After studying abroad in Moscow for six months, she decided to take a break due to a recurring foot injury. During this time, Keyara spent many hours working closely with Ms. Nazgul, observing classes and learning teaching methods. Keyara’s love for ballet, passion to help others, and natural patience and ability to connect with children is what brings her to the Premier Ballet School of Orange County team. Keyara is also studying to become a Surgical Registered Nurse and on her free time, she enjoys culinary arts, Nutrition & Dietetics and is also studying Russian as a second language.
Mr. Gary Khachikyan successfully provided highly inspirational accompaniment for ballet classes on all levels both internationally and in the United States including companies such as Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg (Mariinsky), Oslo National Ballet Company of Norway, and China National Ballet Company in Beijing where he conducted also hands-on workshops for the company's ballet accompanists.
Maestro Gary's "Music for Ballet Class, Vo.1 and Vol.2" CD which is being used by numerous ballet schools all of the world as well as his move to New York, grew his recognition tremendously within the ballet community. He got involved in various projects working with ballet legends, master teachers, and world renowned choreographers.
Maestro Gary has been collaborating for several years with the "Ardani Artists Management Inc." company participating in their various projects. He appeared in the movie "Ballet Fairytale in New York" and TV shows.