Ballet Master, Choreographer
Our friend and ballet liaison, Anna Korotysheva, is a second generation ballet dancer who, following in the footsteps of her mom, studied at the world-renowned Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, graduating at the top of her class in 1987 and went on to experience a successful career as a member of the ballet company of the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre.
Today, she is a Ballet Mistress and Choreographer, passing on her treasured knowledge and experience to her students for whom she choreographs classical, modern and original productions - often times she even sews their costumes and headpieces!
An Extraordinary Education.
Anna’s primary teachers at the Vaganova Academy were Ludmila Komissarova, a direct pupil of Agrippina Vaganova, and Inna Zubkovskaya, an esteemed principal ballerina of the Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Ballet).
An exceptional, dark-eyed beauty nicknamed the ‘Black Pearl’ whose ancestry included Jewish roots, born Inna Borisovna Izraelyeva, Inna Zubkovskaya was a celebrated ballet dancer at home with the Kirov (now Mariinsky), as well as abroad where she was the first to perform the most famous ballet role of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan in 1961.