The Professional Division's mission is to prepare students for a professional future in dance. It will be by invitation only and an audition for final acceptance is required. Students who are invited are those who we feel may have the physique possessing attributes that are generally considered requisite for professional accomplishments in classical ballet. The students are accepted on a trial basis throughout the year and are evaluated by technical development, talent, and artistic merit.
Training under the Professional Division coincides with her training in the Ballet Performance Program. Participation in the routine classes in preparation for the Nutcracker and competitions of the Performance Program is still required. Professional Division Students cannot opt to participate in the Professional Division alone.
The Professional Division is under the directorship of Mr. Viktor Kabaniaev. All the students in the professional division are encouraged to take private lessons and prepare to compete as soloists in the Youth America Grand Prix.
The division accepts drop-in students who live far and/or are already enrolled in other professional schools such as the San Francisco Ballet.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR OF THE PROFESSIONAL BALLET DIVISION
Ballet Master & Director of the Professional Ballet Division
Viktor Kabaniaev, award wining and internationally acclaimed choreographer and teacher, was trained at the famed Vaganova School in St. Petersburg, Russia . During the years that followed, he worked as a principal dancer in various ballet companies in the former Soviet Union, Germany and United States. Mr. Kabaniaev has performed principal roles in many classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballets and has toured extensively in France, Iraq , Poland, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy , Liechtenstein, Sweden, Austria, Panama, Japan and Thailand. Mr. Kabaniaev has created over 40 works for Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Hanover Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Smuin Ballet SF, Sacramento Ballet, Moving Arts Dance and many ballet schools and colleges around United States. He created over 60 pieces for YAGP. His works were presented in the Republic of Belarus , France , Germany , Poland , Japan, Australia , Netherlands , Russia , Italy , and the United States. In 2010 Mr. Kabaniaev joined WSPA as a teacher for Professional Program.
Students go on to compete at world-renowned Ballet competitions including the Youth American Grand Prix, World Ballet Competition, Prix De Lausanne, American Dance Awards and the International Ballet Competition