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. 


Svetlana Todinova as Little Red Riding Hood in Moscow Ballet's Sleeping BeautySvetlana Todinova, Moscow Ballet Audition Director and soloist, performs all the company’s repertory. Born in Yadrun, Russia just outside of Moscow, Todinova completed formal training under ballet legend Yuri Grigorovich at the Ufimsky School of Choreography in Ufa, now named the Rudolph Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy. Upon graduation, Svetlana was invited to dance with the Ufa Opera and Ballet Theatre in the capital city of the Bashkiria Republic.  She was later invited to join the Krasnodarsk Musical Theater, directed by Yuri Grigorovich who is now legendary for his virtuosic productions at the Bolshoi Theater. There she danced Grigorovich’s works including “Legend of Love,” “Spartacus” and more. She recounts that at rehearsals for these productions Grigorovich would watch the complete show without comment and then gave corrections to each dancer as needed one by one on stage, from memory.  Svetlana later joined Russia's renowned National Academy of Theatrical Arts, aka “GITIS,” founded in 1878 by theater pioneer and founder of the Stanislavsky acting method, K. Stanislavsky. The school, formed specifically as a training ground for choreographers and directors and to preserve the heritage of Russian classical ballet, is where she specialized in pedagogy and repertory for children.  

Known for her high-speed jumps, turns and strong accents, Svetlana is affectionately called "The Baby Swan" among her colleagues for her role in the classic "Swan Lake."  Along with Swan Lake, her repertoire includes Spartacus, Don QuixoteSleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, and more. As Moscow Ballet Audition Director, Svetlana visits dozens of American cities annually in the fall, where she auditions and rehearses hundreds of student dancers for Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us program readying them to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker alongside the Russian professionals.

 Faculty subject to change.