ANNA REZNIK is the former Founding Artistic Director of the Joffrey Academy and the Joffrey Studio Company (2009-2016). In a very short time, she developed the Academy as one of the most innovative and fast-growing dance organizations worldwide.

She began her career in Moscow at the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Degree of Ballet Artist) and the Bolshoi Institute of Choreography (Degree in Pedagogy). Ms. Reznik toured throughout the world as a Principal Artist with the Moscow Festival Ballet (later the Russian National Ballet), England's Northern Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, BalletMet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, and the Russian and European Stars of the Ballet. Her performances received rave reviews in the New York Times, Los Angels Times, Dance Magazine and La Danse de Paris.

Ms. Reznik has won numerous awards, including a Special Diaghilev Prize, Silver Medal at the 1996 Lifar International Ballet Competition, as well as the top prize at the 1996 Nureyev International Ballet Competition and the 1996 Maya International Ballet Competition.

Ms. Reznik was featured nationwide in the PBS Holiday Specials Love is Here to Stay and A Family Thanksgiving. In 2002, Ms. Reznik was recognized as one of the most influential people in the Arts in Cincinnati. She has been praised for her extraordinary ability to work with today's young dancers.

Her thorough knowledge of the most current teaching methods and styles has produced many dancers who have been accepted into some of the most prestigious companies worldwide, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Staatsoper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Norwegian National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Polish National Ballet, Estonian National Ballet, New Zealand Royal Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met, Kansas City Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Tulsa Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dortmund Ballet, Complexions and many others.

In 2007 and 2017 Ms. Reznik received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the YAGP. Under her leadership, the Southold Dance Theatre was named Outstanding School at YAGP in 2008, and the Joffrey Academy of Dance claimed the same title at YAGP every year they participated in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016. Ms. Reznik also received the Achievement Award in Culture from the Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI).

Press About Anna:

"The biggest, heart stirring surprise was Anna Reznik. Nina Vyroubova was struck by her resemblance with Olga Spessivtseva. A true mixture of poetry and emotion, brilliance and panache" - Michel Odin, La Danse de Paris

"Reznik's Giselle conveys the very ideal of innocence and sweetness with her airy and ephemeral dancing. She is the very ideal of 19th century purity!"  - Corinne Dunne, Naples Daily News

"Dazzling dancers earn place in "Giselle" history. Two spectacularly gifted dancers." - Kenneth LaFave, Arizona Republic

"Above all she let each gesture to flow into a dance phrase. Extremely well placed in her classical silhouettes." - Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

"It takes 100 minutes before Anna Reznik blends refinement and risk.  She is worth to wait. She brought a new definition of eternity." - Jerry Stein, Cincinnati Post

"Kremnev and Reznik create such a strong magnetic field around themselves that the ballet often seems as if it takes place between the two of them..." - Nina Alovert, Dance Magazine 

"In my 27 years of watching, these two dancers kindled the most heat. When Anna takes the stage all eyes are on her. She is perfection. Flawless." - Carol Norris, Cincinnati Enquirer