Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) 2022 Outstanding Teacher, Marianna Rozanova, began her ballet studies at the age of 9 at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her ballet mentor was Natalia Dudinskaya. She also received training from Konstantin Sergeev, Irina Gensler, and Galina Novitsksya. After she graduated in 1985, Ms. Rozanova danced with the Mikhailovsky Theatre Company for 12 years as a Prima ballerina.
Although she has 25 years of experience as ballet instructor, her most recent position was as Senior Lead Instructor at Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C. From 2018-2022 several of her students won numerous competitions from International Ballet Competition (ADC IBC) in Florida to YAGP semifinals. Throughout her career, Ms. Rozanova has choreographed numerous Classical Ballet performances and variations with the Vaganova Method.
As a Ballet Professional Dancer and Teacher, she trains varying levels of students from introductory to professional; she has experience and knowledge of the entire spectrum of Ballet Styles.
Dr. Elena Ovchinnikova graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy obtained her PhD in Pedagogic Science (Theory and Methodology of Professional Education in Choreography) and Master Degree in Ballet Pedagogy. Additionally, Elena graduated from Russian State Medical University in Moscow, Russia and obtained Master Doctor/Master Science degrees, and thus, possess both a PhD and MD. Dr. Elena Ovchinnikova is the author of scientific publications in ballet pedagogy, psychology and ballet medicine. Her publications and PhD thesis are stored in the database of Russian State Library – the leading scientific library of Russia.
Elena has professional performing experience as a soloist and principal dancer in ballets of the classical repertoire to include Swan Lake, Raymonda, Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella, Coppelia, Paquita, and Don Quixote. She performed with renowned companies to include Russian State Theater “Ballet of Russia” (Moscow, Russia), Astana Opera (Astana, Kazakhstan), New Classical Ballet (Moscow, Russia), and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (USA) which toured internationally. Additionally, Elena was awarded in three International Ballet Competitions in Vienna (Austria), Roma (Italy), and Zagreb (Croatia).
Elena has taught in Russia at Moscow State Academy of Choreography (the Bolshoi Ballet Academy) and in the USA at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC. She is the former Artistic Director of Reston Ballet Conservatory. She is a guest Professor of Dance at the International Ballet Festival in Panama, guest lecturer in Methodology of Teaching Character Dance at the Dance Department of Michigan State University, and a guest teacher and choreographer for ballet academies across the USA, Austria, Spain, and Hong Kong.
Kamillia McCracken was raised in Richland, WA where she began her dance training with the Mid-Columbia Ballet under Debra Rogo. She had the pleasure of being a participant of Regional Dance America in the Pacific region where she was able to work with Kiyon Gains, Ashley Walton, Eva Stone, and Nicholas Ade. Outside of MCB, Kamillia supplemented her training and received various scholarships from programs including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. She attended Point Park University on artistic scholarship, graduating in 2019 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, concentrating in ballet. There she worked with choreographers and instructors such as Darrel Moultrie, Matthew Powell, and Garfield Lemonius. She joined Moveius Contemporary Ballet, located in Washington D.C. during the summer of 2019, under the artistic direction of Diana Movius. Since joining Moveius, Kamillia has performed leading roles in works by Diana Movius, Alvaro Palau, and Elizabeth Watson.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Mr. Joan Boada received his impeccable training and foundation of classical repertory from the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Ballet in Cuba. After graduation, he moved to Paris to train with Gilbert Mayer, Jacques Namont, and Manuel Legris. He danced with seven companies (including Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit, The Australian Ballet, and Royal Ballet of Flanders) before joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 1999. During his long performing career, he danced coveted roles in full length classics ballets including Don Quixote, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Eguene Oneguin, and Cinderella. He excelled in classical, dramatic, and neo-classical roles, created by some of the most celebrated choreographers including Balanchine, Robbins, and Ashton. Boada’s honors include an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for ensemble performance, and various awards and medals in the highest ballet competitions in Varna, Paris, Osaka, and Shanghai. After retiring from San Francisco Ballet in 2017, he began his teaching career and worked with reputable ballet programs for pre-professional and professional dancers in California, Florida, Washington DC, and Virginia.
His recent roles included Ballet Master and Assistant Choreographer with Compañía Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain, and Artistic Director of Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C. Currently, Boada is the Associate Director of Boston Ballet II.
Dr. Keren Dolan’s earliest foray into the non-profit world was as a Sponsorship Coordinator for Friends of the Orphans, an organization serving orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has since pursued a career as a functional clinician. Dr. Dolan is a Maryland Licensed Nutritionist (LDN), a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®), a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN), a Registered Herbalist (RH) American Herbalists Guild, and a Holistic Aromatherapist. Dr. Dolan holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Therapeutic Herbalism and D.C.N. (Doctor of Clinical Nutrition) from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). Dr. Dolan serves as adjunct faculty in the Nutrition and Herbal Medicine Department at MUIH and has a functional nutrition practice in Herndon, Virginia. She also serves as the Secretary and a Director of the American Herbalists Guild. A native of Washington D.C., and 17-year resident of Fairfax County, Virginia, Dr. Dolan recognizes the power of the arts to serve as yet another healing force in community. As the proud mother of three young artists, she is committed to creating opportunities for families to participate in the arts in a manner that is enriching and accessible for all ages and stages.
Ms. Busy Graham has devoted most of her life to the arts and education, from music teacher to artist representative to nonprofit administrator and arts advocate. In 1995, while serving as the Director of the Institute of Musical Traditions, Busy founded Class Acts Arts (now Artivate) with the goal of bringing high-quality and culturally diverse traditions of music, dance, storytelling and theater to schools and under-resourced communities throughout the National Capital Region. In 1999, she launched Project Youth ArtReach, serving youth and women in corrections. After leaving Class Acts/Artivate in 2005, Busy founded Carpe Diem Arts with a focus on community building through the arts, creating cross-cultural, multi-generational opportunities to participate in the visual, literary and performing arts. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, including Maryland’s Sue Hess Award as "Arts Advocate of the Year," and the “Lifetime Impact Award” from Montgomery County. She believes that the arts matter—in our towns, our schools, our communities, in the life of every citizen—and that through creative partnerships, we can make the power of the arts accessible and beneficial to all.
Tom Dolan is Chief Executive Officer of Medlearn Media. His 15-year management and leadership track record includes experience in the clinical field, where he specialized in software sales and support through complementary products and services. Prior to Medlearn, Dolan spent 11 years at RURO, Inc. During his tenure, he served as Vice President of Sales, Chief Operating Officer and, finally Chief Executive Officer. He drove the company’s transition to cloud services, led ISO 9001 certification of its procedures, and led the market-facing and operational portion of the company’s business-to-business initiatives. He led the company’s triple-digit revenue growth, including rebranding and developing new product strategies, and established key business partnerships with large pharmaceutical firms, hospital systems and clinical networks. Dolan’s international successes include several multi-million-dollar contract awards and subsequent on-time solution deployments in Europe and the Middle East, and the establishment of profitable satellite operations in China. Dolan has played the bass since he was a teenager and has carried an endorsement by G&L since 2003. His repertoire is broad, eclectic, and he has performed with various culturally-diverse bands from the Virginia State Theater to Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Dolan is passionate about the arts and non-profit service and serves on the board of the Snyder Robinson Foundation. He was raised in Silver Spring and Wheaton, Maryland, and has lived in Fairfax County for nearly two decades.
A native Virginian, Juliet Campana Boada’s career in the performing arts began when she trained and competed as a figure skater. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Communications and has supplemented her degree with courses in Accounting, Economics, and Psychology from Harvard Extension School. Most recently, Ms. Campana has been back in the arts working as an office manager and admin in thue fine arts scene of Northern Virginia. With nearly 15 years of experience in marketing, Ms. Campana has also worked as Admissions and Communications Director for a ballet organization, which included extensive managing of social media, press, families and students; all while directing studio operations and coordinating with administrative and artistic staff. Having lived and traveled abroad extensively, Ms. Campana is excited to be a part of an organization that will support and unite artists from around the globe.
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