Faculty and Staff
Alexei Kremnev (Ballet, Men's, Partnering, Pointe, Variations, Choreography, Character, Body Conditioning, Repertoire)
Anna Reznik (Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Body Conditioning, Repertoire)
Medina Irsalieva (Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Body Conditioning, Character, Repertoire, Historical Dance)
Victoria Fornelli (Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Repertoire)
Terence Marling (Contemporary Program, Intensives, Choreography, Improvisation)
Jessie Gutierrez (Contemporary, Jazz, Improvisation, Choreography)
Mariana Oliveira (Contemporary Program, Intensives, Choreography, Improvisation)
Emily Stephenitch (Children's classes, Pre- Ballet, Ballet I, II)
Holly Curtis (Children's classes, Creative Dance)
Alexei Moskalenko (Assistant Artistic Director, YAGP) - 2017-2018 Guest Teacher
Emily Barrett, Kyle Kunkler, Kyle Nelson
Alexei Kremnev - Click here for bio
Anna Reznik - Click here for bio
Medina Irsalieva is one of the most knowledgeable teachers for young dancers. She joined A&A Ballet in July of 2016. Medina was educated at the legendary Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Choreography from the world famous Russian Academy of Theatrical Art (GITIS) in Moscow. Medina has great knowledge of classical ballet repertoire, pedagogy and danced as a Principal Dancer with the Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theater, and with the Youth Ballet of Kazakhstan. She has taught as a faculty member at the State Ballet Academy, Salt Creek Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet Academy under the direction of Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik.
Victoria began her ballet training with Sherry Moray at the Von Heidecke School of ballet at age 12. Continuing her studies with Artistic Director Wes Chapman and Roger Van Fleteren as a member of The Alabama Ballet, Victoria was a semi-finalist at the 1998 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1998, she accepted an invitation from Kevin McKenzie to join American Ballet Theatre. Her work with the company included Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, Romeo & Juliet, La Bayadere, Etudes, Gaite Parisienne, Fall River Legend, Symphonie Concertante, Anastasia, The Snow Maiden, Diversion of Angels and Tharp's Push Comes to Shove. Victoria later danced on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera and portrayed the role of Emily in the major motion picture, 'Center Stage'. She has been teaching in the Chicago area since 2004.
In 2014, Victoria accepted an invitation from Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik to join the faculty of the Joffrey Academy where she spent three years in the pre-professional ballet division.
During her career, Victoria has had the pleasure of working one on one with such names as Cynthia Harvey, Wes Chapman, Robert Hill, Natalia Krassovska, Gloria Govrin, Septime Webre and Roger Van Fleteren to name a few. Former private lesson students are now dancing in professional companies.
Terence Marling, a Chicago native, began his training at the Ruth Page School of Dance under the direction of Larry Long. In 1994 he joined Pittsburgh ballet Theater where he danced for nine seasons. During his time at PBT he rose to the rank of soloist and performed many leading roles in works by Marius Petipa, Goeorge Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Jiri Kylian, Paul Taylor, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Dwight Rhoden and Kevin O’Day among others. In addition to dancing, Terence began his choreographic career in Pittsburgh, creating two ballets for the company. In 2003, Mr. Marling moved to Germany to dance with National Theater Mannheim under the direction of Kevin O’Day. Over the course of two years, he participated in the creation of eight full evenings of work. During this time Terence began to explore improvisation in dancing and, doing this, broke his choreographic language free of the constraints of ballet. Upon returning to the United States, Terence joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago where he danced for another four years. There he performed works by Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Susan Marshall, Johann Inger, Jorma Elo, Alejandro Cerrudo, Jim Vincent, and Lucas Crandall among others. In 2010, Marling stopped dancing to become rehearsal director for Hubbard Street. In this role he documented, maintained and set works by Mats Ek, Johann Inger, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Asure barton, Sheron Eyal, Alejandro Cerrudo and many more. In addition to maintaining the repertoire, Terence choreographed five works for the main company and two works for the second company. These commissions include the cocreation of Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure with Robyn Mineko Williams for the Kennedy Center. In addition to his duties as rehearsal director and choreographer, Terence also managed a multi-year collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago. Terence took over direction of Hubbard Street 2 in April of 2013. For HS2, he created the introductory piece hello (rücksetzen) for the company. He also commissioned new works through the International Commissioning Project and maintained those works. Terence toured the company both nationally and internationally to great public acclaim.