InTENsive Faculty


yuriy kuzo and ballerina in performanceYuriy has been a soloist with Moscow Ballet since 2015 and is also Audition and Rehearsal Director for the Dance-with-Us youth casts that perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker alongside the company of 40 professionals. Yuriy auditioned for and attended Rushnychok Vocal and Dance Ensemble where he studied the performing arts, including choreography, vocals, acting, and history of theatre. His time at Rushnychok formed his desire to master the art of dance and choreography on a professional level.

 Yuriy was accepted to the Lviv State College of Culture and Arts, a famous art institution that is among the world’s first founded over 100 years ago, studying dance and choreography. Honors include receiving an award for choreographic composition and being invited to attend an International Seminar of Choreographers in Athens, Greece. After graduating from Lviv College of Culture and Arts, he worked with the Honored Dance Ensemble of Ukraine "Yunist.” Furthering his career, Yuriy entered the Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University receiving a Master’s degree in Choreography.

 Prior to joining Moscow Ballet, Yuriy danced with the Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet as a soloist performing the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake; Drosselmeier, Rat King and Spanish dance in The Nutcracker; Espado, Bolero and Jig in Don Quixote; Birbanto in Le Corsaire; and more classic ballet roles. 


alisa bolotnikova for bio Alisa Bolotnikova is a soloist with Moscow Ballet and an Audition and Rehearsal Director in the “Dance with Us” program working with over 3,000 students in the past three years! When not on tour, Alisa performs and teaches ballet, choreography, gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics for children from 5 to 14 years old.  Alisa also teaches students at the Kharkov Ballet College. 

 Alisa was accepted at the Kharkov Children's Music, Ballet and Choreographic School at 5 years old, and just six months later was on stage as a Little Star.  She graduated from Kharkov University as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer.  Alisa also earned a Teacher of Choreography degree from Ukraine’s Kherson National University and most recently graduated from Kharkov State Academy of Culture, with a Masters of Choreography.  Upon graduating from the National Ballet and Theatre Academy in Kharkov, Alisa joined the Kharkov National Opera and Ballet Theatre performing as a classical ballerina in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Bulgaria, Japan, China, and Mexico.   

 Some of her favorite ballet roles are as Scheherazade in  Arabian Nights, Gypsy Zhelobinsky in  Don Quixote, and Mother in the ballet  Isadora Duncan. She has performed as a folk dancer in Bulgaria and as a Modern dancer in Japan. Alisa’s repertoire includes all the classic ballets and modern works. 

 Faculty subject to change.