Faculty

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Artistic Director, Nazgul Ryskulova Shinn

 

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.

 

Askar Kettebekov

  

Askar Kettebekov has been teaching ballet for almost 15 years.  He served as Artistic Director for the Media Dance Center in Burbank, CA from 2005-2008.  For the past nine years, he has been teaching at Southland Ballet Academy where he has successfully led numerous students to become winners at YAGP and Spotlight including accomplished dancers such as Lex Ishimoto.

Askar received his dance training from the National Ballet School of Kazakhstan and graduated from the National University of Kazakhstan with a degree in ballet pedagogy and choreography. After graduation, he was asked to join the National Ballet Theatre of Kazakhstan and performed with the company for eight years as a soloist, after which he joined Moscow Festival Ballet. Upon coming to the United States, Kettebekov served as a principal guest dancer with the Ballet Theatre of Boston and the Tulsa Ballet. For three years, he was a principal dancer with the San Diego Ballet before accepting a position as artistic director with the Media Dance Center in Los Angeles. As a dancer, he has toured through Asia, Europe and North America, including China, Japan, Germany, France, England and Italy. His professional repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Legends of Love, Giselle, Don Quixote and the role of Rothbart in Swan Lake.

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Natasha Miroshnyk

Natasha Miroshnyk, graduated from Kiev Academic Choreographic School, Kiev, Ukraine training under the Honored Actress of Ukraine A.G.Kalchenko. Upon graduating in 1988 she was invited to join Odessa State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre where she performed until 2000. The Theatre toured throughout Japan, China, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, Finland, Lebanon and other countries. Between 1994 and 1999 she danced with Moscow classical ballet troupe “La Classique” as a Soloist and toured throughout England, Italy, Ireland, Egypt and Norway. From 1995-2000 she toured USA with IBT for “The Nutcracker “. From 2001 to 2003 she was a principal dancer with the First State Ballet in Delaware and from 2004 to 2013 she was a soloist and Audition Director for the Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker, toured USA and Canada.   


Teaching Experience: 2000-2001 was a ballet teacher for Russian Ballet Center in Newport, DE, “ Dance Elite “ ballet school in Doylestown , PA and “Media Dance School “ in Media, PA . She has taught foundation levels, advanced ballet classes and pointe and choreography.  She has been teaching throughout the greater Southern California area at various ballet schools and has also worked with many students in preparation for competitions such as YAGP. 


Repertoire: “The Nutcracker”( Pas de Deux/Snow/and more), “Giselle”( Pas de Deux Act 1/ Myrtha), “Swan Lake”( Pas de Trois), “ Flame of Paris “( Pas de Deux), “The Sleeping Beauty “( Princess Florina/Diamond), “Walpurgis Night”( Bacchante), “La Bayadere”( Gamzatti), “The Hunchback Horse”( Tsar-Maiden), “Carnival in Venice”(Pas de Deux), “Shopiniana” , “Carmen Suite”, “Pas de Quatre”, “Don Quixote “ and more.  

 

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Janell Loyd

Janell Loyd spent her youth  drilling acro skills for the Victory Vaulters, an equestrian vaulting competitive team that performed acrobatics on a lunged horse. She learned flexibility through strength to assist in challenging mounts and transitions, partnered stacking, and compulsory skills.  Finding joy in the performance aspect as well as the thrill this practice brings she began pushing her flexibiilty to a contortion level.  She has worked throughout Southern California to aid dancers with body awareness, proper stretch and conditioning alignment and supporting her students desires in the genre of their choice. 

 

Stacey Orleans

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.   

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Keyara Joseph

  

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.

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Dasha Tertova

 

Daria Tertova “DASHA” is one of the most exceptional

dancer/choroegraphers in professional community

today. Dasha is a unique choreographer, with a wide

range of skills and performing abilities. She was born

in Moscow and grew up in the heart of Russian Ballet

training. She blossomed into a beautiful technical

dancer, who over the years has worked with

companies such as Moiseyev Ballet, Bolshoi

Ballet(Moscow) and Riverdance company( European

tour). Dasha also became known in Europe as a

principal dancer and actress in world famous

productions like `` Cats`` (Moscow),``Romeo&Juliet``

(Moscow), ``CHICAGO``(Tour), ``Burn the floor``

(London) etc.

After receiving her Masters ( Russian Ballet Academy,

Russian Theater Academy) Dasha made her way West

- towards new goals and creative dreams and has

been working in US. Since then her professional

credits include : Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce,

Cirque Du Soleil (MJ), MTV Music Awards, Billboard

Awards, Pharrell ,Daft Punk and many more. She

continues to teach master classes across the US and

internationally ( NYC, DC , Italy, Russia, Netherlands,

Japan, Israel and Spain). Dasha is professor at American Music and Dramatic

Academy College (AMDA LA).

In June 2015 Dasha became one of Artistic Directors

of the renowned Millennium Dance Complex in LA- MDC The Company and MDC Crew. She received 2

Years in a row( 2016 and 2017) the destinguished

Outstanding Choreography Award from YAGP Youth

American Gran Prix- the pearl of Classical and

Contemporary ballet Competitions.