We are enrolling now ages 3 1/2 to Adult for the 2016 Season!
mission of ZBS is to train and develop young students with the
excellence required for a professional career in ballet. Instructors
are chosen for their abilities to help the student obtain an
international level of expertise.
Ballet School (ZBS) offers a professionally oriented ballet program
with classes in technique, pointe, character, classical variations, and
contemporary variations. ZBS has established itself as a superior
training ground for aspiring ballet dancers.
Students of German and Valentina Zamuel have distinguished
themselves through their professional careers as principal and leading
dancers at major companies around the world and acceptance at many of
the country’s leading Ballet Programs: San Francisco
Ballet School; World Masters in Vail; Kirov Academy in Washington DC;
American Ballet Theater School; Pacific Northwest Ballet School; North
Carolina School of the Arts; Walnut Hill School; National Ballet of
Canada School; Suzanne Farrell Intensive; Harid Academy; Boston Ballet
School; Washington Ballet School; and the School of American Ballet.
is an important part of the students dance education and ZBS will train
students to share their joy of dance with an audience.
Studio performances and formal stage productions, including
an annual Nutcracker performance, are the highlights. Through
performance, students acquire a focus, discipline, and love of the art
that will enrich their lives and may lead to a professional career in
German Zamuel graduated
from the world-renowned Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy. He danced
professionally in leading roles throughout the former Soviet Union,
Europe, South America, and the United States. Mr. Zamuel was a
principal dancer and choreographer of the Maliy Theatre of Opera and
Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia and professor of choreography at the All
Union College of Arts and Culture, St. Petersburg. Following his
performance career, Mr. Zamuel served for 11 years as senior teacher at
The Royal Ballet School in London, as principal teacher at the
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, as director of Pittsburgh Ballet
Theater II, and as ballet teacher for the New York Conservatory of
Dance. Mr. Zamuels students have won numerous awards including six
medals (two of them gold) by Tetsuya Kumakawa and Christopher Wheeldon
at the Prix de Lausanne, the worlds foremost dance competition.
For five years Mr. Zamuel has been awarded the "Outstanding
Teacher" award from the Youth America Grand Prix.
Valentina Moukhanova Zamuel is
also a graduate of the prestigious Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy. She
danced as a principal dancer with the Maliy Theater of Opera and
Ballet, as well as guest artist with the Kirov Ballet. Ms. Moukhanovas
roles include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle in Giselle, Nikia in
La Bayadere, Medora in Le Corsaire, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Juliet in
Romeo and Juliet, Carmen in Carmen Suite, and Firebird in The Firebird.
In 1980 she received the Meritorious Artist of Russia award from the
government. Ms. Moukhanova was a senior teacher at The Royal Ballet
School in London for 12 years before coming to Colorado.
Marina Oreshkevich is
a graduate of the Perm State Choreographic School and the Russian State
Academy for Theatre Art. She danced as a soloist and principal dancer
with Moisseyevs Folk Dance Company and later taught in the Academic
Folk Dance Company of the Russian Federation of Moscow, earning
numerous awards. She brings a wealth of teaching experience in
classical ballet, historical character, and folk dance, to the Zamuel
Marina Stillman received her formal ballet education at the Academy of
Choreography in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she studied the Vaganova Method for
eight years. She spent two years of practical training at the Azerbaijan State
Opera and Ballet Theatre. She continued her education at the Art and Dance
College in Tver, Russia, where she graduated with honors. Since 1999, Marina has
taught at several dance studios in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Colorado. She
has joined Zamuel Ballet School faculty in 2009.
Ayana Kjonaas began her dance education at the age
of six and for the past 10 years has been under the
direct training of German and Valentina Zamuel.
Her early years demonstrated potential success as
a performer. Ayana is now on the track to a future in
Musical Theatre, graduating with the International
Baccalaureate diploma. Zamuel Ballet School Director,
German Zamuel, believes that her professional
music, acting, and dancing career is only bounded by
her imagination and hard work.
Brieanna Olson was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. From a young age she competed in both gymnastics and dance. At 12 she began studying ballet under the direction of German Zamuel and Valentina Moukhanova, and within one year she won numerous awards and scholarships with Denver Ballet Guild, Esther Geoffrey Young Dancers Scholarship Competition and Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), including the Grand Prix Award (Top Classical/Contemporary) in Denver, Colorado. Brieanna's professional career was with Ballet San Jose where she danced for 7 years under the direction of Dennis Nahat, Wes Chapman and Jose Manuel Carreno - all former principals with American Ballet Theatre. Brieanna danced many soloist and principal roles of Maria in Nahat's The Nutcracker. She was casted by Ben Stevenson for "Summer Fairy" in Ben Stevenson's "Cinderella", and was casted and rehearsed a soloist role in Paquita at which time she suffered a career ending injury. The injury brings her back to Colorado Springs where she now shares her ballet and artistic knowledge with other ballet dancers as an instructor with Zamuel Ballet School