Dance Loft on 14 offers Classical Ballet Classes from Beginner to the Advanced and Professional Level Dancer.
Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to take this Sepcial Masterclass with Roudolf Kharatian.
Roudolf Kharatian has had an illustrious career as dancer, choreographer, teacher and director. A recipient of numerous awards and medals, Kharatian holds a Master's Degree in Choreography and Stage Production from the Moscow University of Theatre Arts (GITIS). He is a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg where he studied with the legendary teacher Pushkin alongside classmate Mikhail Baryshnikov. As principal dancer with the National Ballet of Armenia from 1967 to 1991, he toured the world with the Bolshoi Ballet and Stars of the Russian Ballet. He was Artistic Director of the Chamber Ballet of Armenia from 1979 to 1991, and headed the dance department of the Yerevan School of the Arts from 1973 to 1979. He is the founder and Artistic Director of ARKA Ballet in Washington, D.C. He is also the founder and president of the Ballet 2021 Foundation and Artistic Director of Ballet 2021.
In 2015, Roudolf Kharatian created a special international ballet company under the aegis of Ballet 2021, comprising dancers from France, Greece, Israel, Japan, the United States and Armenia for the creation of a full-length ballet 'Two Suns' to mark the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. The company was based in Yerevan for the entire year.
A renowned master teacher, Kharatian has taught for the Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Boston Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, the Youth Ballet of Brazil, the Debra Colker Dance Company, the North Carolina School of the Arts, among others. He has also worked with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, and with Les Ballets Classiques de Montreal and Ballet Divertimento in Montreal, Canada. Kharatian served on the faculty of Washington's Kirov Academy for three years (1991 to 1994) and that of The Washington School of Ballet for thirteen years (1994 to 2007). He was invited back to the Kirov Academy as guest instructor in spring 2009 and was on the faculty of CityDance Centre at Strathmore and company teacher for CityDanceEnsemble for two years (2007–2009) prior to accepting the position of Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Armenia. Under his coaching and guidance, Kharatian’s students have garnered top honors at prestigious international ballet competitions and gone on to successful careers with some of the world's foremost companies including the Kirov Maryinsky Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and many more.
A prolific choreographer, Kharatian is the creator of over 100 original works ranging from avant‐garde / experimental to classical. Kharatian's ballets, which include one‐act ballets, concert pieces and full‐length works, have been performed on stages worldwide. Kharatian is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist, speaking about a broad range of ballet and movement‐related topics. He has been a featured panelist on the Critic’s Panel at the annual Dance Critics of America conference. Roudolf Kharatian was appointed Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Armenia October 1, 2009. Since April 2014, Kharatian is resident choreographer of the National Ballet of Armenia.
In addition to his work in ballet, Kharatian has extensive experience in television, film, theatre and opera. He was the Creative Producer and permanent member of the jury of the inaugural season of the hit ShantTV show 'So You Think You Can Dance Armenia - Պարիր, թե կարող ես'. Kharatian is also an accomplished and celebrated visual artist; his paintings are in private collections in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, South Africa and Armenia.
This class will be focused towards the intermediate/advanced and professional level dancer. Class will be instructed by Sona Kharatian of The Washington Ballet. Sona has danced with with Orlando Ballet, the Trey McIntyre Project and Copenhagen International Ballet under direction of Alexander Kolpin, and was a guest artist with ARKA Ballet under the direction of Roudolf Kharatian.
Alvaro Palau is from Cali, Colombia and received his training at the Colombian Ballet Institute as well as workshops in Cuba, in New York with David Howard, and at the Houston School of Ballet. Mr. Palau danced with The Washington Ballet for 10 years, National Ballet of Venezuela for two years and the Cali Ballet in his native Colombia for two years. Mr. Palau toured internationally with all three companies in addition to dancing in festivals such as the Havana Festival in Cuba; Festivals in Rome and Florence in Italy; the Umbrella Festival in South Africa; the International Festival in Miami, Florida; the AIDS Foundation in Austin, Texas; and performances at the White House and in the Memorial Day show in Washington, D.C. Awards include 1st prize Arts Competition in Colombia and Best Classical Dancer at Casa del Artista in Venezuela. His repertoire includes classical and contemporary ballets choreographed by numerous artists including Balanchine, Forsythe, Duato, Tudor, Mark Morris and Tharp. More recently he has been featured in productions of the Washington National Opera, Colorado Opera, two short films by Jennifer Schwed, Carmen Tango with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, and Bowen McCauley Dance Company. He has performed and choreographed works for Gala Hispanic Theatre, Source Theater Idomeneo, and DanceLoft on 14th. Mr. Palau has taught numerous ballet outreach programs and summer workshops throughout the metropolitan area. He is currently dancing with Dana Tai Soon Burgess and teaching at Séber Method Academy as well as Catholic University of America. He is the founder and director of Washington Dance DC.
The adult beginner ballet class develops motor coordination, increases spatial and rhythmic awareness, in a creative learning environment. Classes introduce dancers to the structure and discipline of a ballet class using ballet terminology and music. Class is focused on proper placement and emphasis is placed on musicality, clean technique, quality of movement, and the pleasure of expressing through dance.
Adam received his ballet training from the School of American Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, as well as summer study with the, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Adam was a soloist with Carolina Ballet from 2009-2017. Guest performances include UNC-Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University, Ballet Hawaii, East Carolina University, The Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Raleigh School of Ballet, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Adam has worked as a guest artist and teacher for City Ballet of Wilmington, Ballet School of Chapel Hill, and Duke University.
He received his Bachelor of Psychology Degree from William Peace University in 2017. Now he’s pursuing a Master of Social Work from Howard University. He has worked with the LGBT Center of Raleigh, Autism Society of NC as a support professional, and with HopeLine NC as a crisis counselor.
Florian is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who has worked extensively across three continents. Mr. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, where he choreographed and performed the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave while continuing extensive performance with local dance companies outside the university. Mr. Rouiller began his dance career with training at the prestigious John Cranko School in Stuttgart with a BFA, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in productions such as Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the United States, he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an apprentice, Ohio Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet International Eldar Aliev, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas and Ballet Contemporanea de Caracas in Venezuela, as well as Goteborg Ballet in Sweden. Performing soloist and principal roles and working with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Jiri Kylian, Simon Dow, Robert North, Jorma Uotinen , Jean-Paul Comelin ,Lynne Taylor Corbett to name a few….He has also performed with many companies throughout the United States and taught extensively, including at the Kirov Academy in Washington DC, the Washington Ballet School, City Dance Ensemble, and other schools throughout the Washington DC area. In the DC area, he has performed with City Dance Ensemble, Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Lucy Bowen McCauley, Karen Reedy. His piece Fragments was at the finals in the 2010 Korean Ballet competition and his Female solo Verge just won the 3 prizes at YAGP competition in 2013. He also won a 3prizes in the Men division 2015 at YAGP. Mr. Rouiller is currently teaching and choreographing in the DC area. This year he is teaching at Coppin State University, Baltimore Community College and Montgomery College. Fall 2013 Resident artist at UMBC. Currently he is working at Baltimore School of the Arts, UMBC, Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland and Coppin State University. Also he was a guest teacher at Towson University and David Elkins College. Summer 2015 Kirov academy in DC.
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