Ariana Myers | Artistic Director
BALLET, POINTE, VARIATIONS, CHARACTER, CONDITIONING/STRETCH
Ariana Myers first began her training in her hometown of Winchester, VA. At the age of 16, she was accepted into the Kirov Academy of Ballet’s year-round program where she studied under Marianna Lobanova, Elena Tenchikova, and Nikolai Kabaniaev and graduated with honors. Following her graduation, she was accepted into Kirov’s teaching certification program and received her certification in Vaganova technique after completing an intensive year of study, which required completing a variety of courses including anatomy, music theory, learning to work with an accompanist, and leading ballet classes while receiving mentorship from academy teachers.
Ms. Myers has taught at schools in Virginia and Texas and most recently served as the assistant artistic director at a pre-professional ballet school in Michigan. She is an experienced teacher in ballet, pointe, character, variations, and conditioning/stretch for dancers of all ages. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to serve as a répétiteur restaging and setting classical and contemporary choreography on students and has choreographed original works including a children’s ballet and pieces that have been performed at dance festivals and at competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix.
Ms. Myers also works as a private coach preparing her students for competitions, including YAGP and the World Ballet Competition, year-round professional school auditions, and professional company auditions. Her experience coupled with the connections she has formed professionally have allowed her to serve as a mentor to her students. Ms. Myers’ students can be seen dancing in year-round professional ballet schools, in prestigious university dance programs, and in professional dance companies across the United States.
Ms. Myers graduated summa cum laude from American Public University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is planning to pursue a Master of Arts in Arts Management and Executive Leadership in the near future.
Sophia Myers | Instructor
PRE-BALLET, PRIMARY BALLET
Sophia Myers began her training at Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet in Winchester, VA under Gennadi Vostrikov and Susan O’Leary Vostrikov. At the age of 15, she received full scholarships to attend The Rock School for Dance Education’s summer intensives and year-round programs. While there, she studied under Bo and Stephanie Spassoff, Justin Allen, Natasha Zeiger, Telmo Moreira, Jody Anderson, and Eva Szabo. She has also had the opportunities to take master classes from Beckanne Sisk, Chase O’Connell, Karin Averty, Rachel Richardson, and Eric Otto, as well as performing alongside renowned dancers such as Maria Kochetkova, Olga Pavlova, Anton Korsakov, Sergii Sydorskyi, Alisa Sodoleva, and Precious Adams at various summer intensives around the United States. She has an extensive performance repertoire and has had the privilege of being chosen by Debbie Allen to perform in her work.