Our faculty are all highly trained professionals with many years of experience teaching students of all ages. In addition, we invite renowned professionals and teachers to give master classes throughout the year.
Past Guest Faculty
Julia James, Karah Abiog, Aesha Ash, Amanda Garrett Ban, Kimberly Boman, Antonio Mark Lopez, Maximo Califano, Kim Saunders, James Strong, Lisa Sundstrom, Maria Vegh, Miriam Wenger, Brian Bertscher, Ricardo Bustamante, Kristine Elliott, Audrey King, Ashley Knapp, Igor Kanygin, Catherine Ryan, Daniel Simmons, Noemi Nargizian, Francis Tshudy
Recent Guest Faculty
Victoria Ananyan - Victoria trained at the Perm State Theater school and and later joined the Tchaikovsky Perm Ballet, rising to the principal rank. She joined the Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet as a soloist at both companies. She is currently with the Dutch National Ballet.
Vanessa Zahorian - Vanessa trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet where she is currently a principal dancer. She performed the Sugar Plum Fairy role on the PBS' televised "The Nutcracker". She has performed many leading roles with San Francisco Ballet and is a frequent guest artist around the world.
Davit Karapetyan - Davit is a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and did the lead on the PBS' televised "The Nutcracker" and "The Little Mermaid . He was trained in the Armenian National Ballet in the Russian/Soviet style and also danced for Zurich Ballet.
Monica Pelfrey - Monica trained with Pacific Ballet Academy for 10 years and studied 2 summers with School of American Ballet on full scholarship. After she graduated from college, she danced with Corella Ballet in Spain and was a principal with Los Angeles Ballet and currently dances for the Grand Rapids Ballet company. She teaches for us when she is available and has danced lead roles with us.