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                                                               ABOUT US

Thank you for visiting the Academy of Ballet. We are located at 824 Caroline Street (use rear entrance off George Street) in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg.

Our location offers a relaxing atmosphere of Colonial Charm throughout the office, viewing area, restroom and large dressing room (600 sq. ft.). A large viewing mirror along with closed circuit tv permits easy observation of classes. Our fully equipped studio is designed to accommodate the professional dancer as well as beginner level students. It features an 1100 square foot dance area with a high ceiling, wood flooring, ballet barres and mirrors.


Mrs. Eveline Erard proprietor of the Academy, holds the position of Executive Director. Mrs. Erard and her family have been in the area for over forty years. As the mother of two daughters, Mrs. Erard hopes that other parents will seize the opportunity to enlarge their children’s appreciation for the Arts by providing them with the finest dance training.



1985, A.V. Seleznev Choreographic Institute, Alma-Ata, U.S.S.R.
Graduated with Honors, awarded diploma “Artist of Ballet”
1990-91, Yekaterinburg University of Dramatic Arts
Studied Ballet Performance and Pedagogy at University Level
(University closed department before graduation)


2000-2004 Manassas Dance Company (Now Manassas Ballet Theatre),
Principal Dancer and Ballet Master

1991-1998 Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg) Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Principal Dancer
1991-1998 Ballet Plus, Yekaterinburg, Principal Dancer
1991 Dnepropetrovsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Principal Dancer
1988-1990 Chelyabinsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Principal Dancer
1985-1988 Almaty Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Almaty, U.S.S.R., Principal Dancer

• Repertoire includes nearly all principal roles in classical repertoire as well as works by contemporary masters such as Roland Petit, Alla Sigalova, Jerry Bevington.

• Nominated for the award of Honored Artist of Russia

• Finalist at the 1992 Arabesque International Ballet Competition in Perm, Russia

• Toured Internationally to Spain, France, Portugal, as well as tours within Russia


The Academy of Russian Ballet, Manassas, VA (Artistic Director)
Manassas School of Dance , Manassas, VA
Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland, Columbia, MD
Carroll County Dance Center, Sykesville, MD
Chamber Ballet, Williamsburg, VA
Dancesensations, Alexandria, VA
Yekaterinburg University of Dramatic Arts, Russia

• Has staged complete ballets such as “The Nutcracker”, “Giselle”, “La Bayadere”, “Swan Lake”, “Peter and the Wolf”, “Paquita”, “Don Quixote”, as well as created contemporary works for performance and competition.


•  Placed Top-Twelve at Youth America Grand Prix (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)

•  Qualified for International Finals of YAGP (2011, Ensemble)

•  Accepted to summer programs at Bolshoi Ballet Academy, American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Academy, Washington Ballet, Governor’s School, Boston Ballet

*  Video of Yuri Nikitenko in class and performance as well as students in performance available at www.youtube.com/balletnikitenko

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