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Anna Reznik is the former Founding Artistic Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance 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, BalletMet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, and in galas with the Bolshoi, 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.


Ms. Reznik 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 and elite dance institutions worldwide, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Staatsoper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Norwegian National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Polish National Ballet, Estonian National Ballet, New Zealand Royal Ballet, Czech National Ballet, Ballet du Capitole, Tokyo City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Bejart Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met, Kansas City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Oregon Dance Theater, Orlando Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Ballet San Antonio, Milwaukee Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, K-Ballet, Dortmund Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsballet Junior Company, Complexions, Lines Ballet, Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet School, USC Kaufmann School of Dance and many others.

In 2007, 2017 and 2018 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, the Joffrey Academy of Dance claimed the same title at YAGP every year they participated in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, and the A&A BALLET in 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023.

Ms. Reznik also received the Achievement Award in Culture from the Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI).






"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, The Naples Daily News


"Dazzling dancers earn place in "Giselle" history. Two spectacularly gifted dancers." - Kenneth LaFave, The 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, The 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, The Cincinnati Enquirer

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