The Region's Premiere Ballet School and Company
Rafael Grigorian School of Ballet feels that students should have a variety of experiences to grow into better dancers and most importantly to be inspired in their art form. We currently offer beginning to advanced classes for dancers as young as 3 years old through teen and adult age groups.
Rafael Grigorian School of Ballet provides students the opportunity to learn skills and processes needed to bring an original, creative work to life with master classes and summer intensives. Mirroring professional artistic practices and using curriculum that blends creative movement and choreographic tools, students work as a class to create their own dance.
Our instructors provide a creative process and classroom culture which empowers students as creative agents while building community, connection, and collaboration within the studio.
The Rafael Grigorian Ballet School is an invaluable resource for local dancers in their ballet training as the experience that Southern Tier students gain in performing roles with the company, helps them make their entry to world-class ballet programs at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The school has also produced ballet teachers, performers, and artists who have gone on to both recreational and professional careers within the ballet world.
Our mission is to partner with parents and students to meet the individual needs of each dancer whether it be recreational or on a national competitive level.
Our classes will inspire students to create and express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. We strive to create the self discipline and confidence that is required to achieve success in today’s society.
Our renowned faculty inspires young dancers through music, movement, and classical ballet technique. We strive to educate all of our students in a healthy and positive environment, and to share with them the rewards of this extraordinary art form.
Master Grigorian was trained at the Baku Choreographic Institute and the Kirov Ballet School. For twenty years, he was the Premier and the Principle dancer with the State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named Akhundov, Baku, Azerbaijan and former USSR dancer in lead roles in ballets such as Don Quixote, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker much more. Several ballets were made expressly for Master Grigorian. As a performer, he toured the world with the Bolshoi and the Kirov Ballet Companies, and the Moscow Ballet Festival.
Master Grigorian was awarded two highly prestigious awards for his performance: The People's Artist of Azerbaijan and Laureate of State Prize of the USSR; both considered highly extraordinary honors for an artist.
Master Grigorian was also a tutor for the Moscow Theatre Studio of Musical Art, and a choreographer for the Russian Ice Dancing groups, many of which became European, world, and Olympic Champions.
By the invitation of the American composer William Perry, Master Grigorian served as the choreographer for the Russian Stars Ensemble in the Mark Twain Musical Drama from 1985-1995. In 1991, He opened the Rafael Grigorian School of Classical Ballet in the Elmira and Corning area of NY. In 1998, the school expanded to the Binghamton area.
Master Grigorian teaches students the high level of the art of ballet, which is demonstrated in the productions and recognize not only by the admiring audience. The Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes of NY have recently honored Master Grigorian with an award for his outstanding work the community.
Master Grigorian has staged three full-length ballets for the the Buffalo Ballet and the Neglia Ballet Artists in Buffalo, NY (Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, and Baba Yaga). He also staged Sleeping Beauty for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Master Grigorian has staged The Nutcracker in Nagaoy, Japan. He was a guest instructor at the Lexington Ballet in Kentucky, and he choreographed the dream scene of Hansel and Gretel in the Tri-Cities Opera productions of La Traviata and Magic Flute, In Binghamton, NY. Master Grigorian has taught master classes at the Ballet Classique in Reykjavik, Iceland. Currently, he teaches master classes at CPYB, Ballet Academy East in New York City, Ithaca College, Ithaca Ballet Center, Alfred Ballet Academy, New York Ballet Academy, the Peabody Institute of Maryland, Wilmington, North Carolina Ballet, and Dance Conservatory of Central Pennsylvania, State College, PA.
Master Grigorian is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer of the Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre (RGBT), a non-profit dance company since 1994. He has staged numerous full-length ballets and many short, eclectic, pieces. The RGBT's repertoire under the leadership includes Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, Baba Yaga Cipollino, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Lovely, Carmen and many more.
Under Master Grigorian's Directorship, Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre holds the honor of being the resident dance company of the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY.
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