Classical Ballet Theatre | Ballet and Contemporary Dance Classes | Reston/Herndon/Northern Virignia and Greater D.C. Area Executive Director | Cynthia Donavin; Artistic Director | Alisher Saburov 320 Victory Drive, Herndon,VA 20170 • (703) 471-0750

Guest Artists

CBT had hosted numerous workshops taught by extraordinary artists from all over the world. Here are some of these artists who have taught our workshops or master classes in the past:

2013-2014

  • Lucas Crandall
    Lucas Crandall
  • Gillmer Duran
    Gillmer Duran
  • Audra Johnson
    Audra Johnson
  • Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
    Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
  • Stephen Pier
    Stephen Pier
  • Iquail Shaheed
    Iquail Shaheed

2012-2013 and before


  • Tom Sawyer with Alisher Saburov
  • Coppélia with Jean Paul Comelin
    Coppélia with Jean Paul Comelin
  • Anastasia Babayeva
    Anastasia Babayeva
  • Amy Brand
    Amy Brandt
  • Jennifer DePalo
    Jennifer DePalo
  • Denis Gronostayskiy
    Denis Gronostayskiy
  • Dan Joyce
    Dan Joyce
  • Svetlana Kravtsova
    Svetlana Kravtsova
  • Valery Lantratov
    Valery Lantratov
  • Gavin Larsen
    Gavin Larsen
  • Anna Liceica
    Anna Liceica
  • Karen Reedy
    Karen Reedy
  • Scott Rink
    Scott Rink
  • Deanna Seay
    Deanna Seay
  • Michael Shannon
    Michael Shannon
  • Lorraine Spiegler
    Lorraine Spiegler
  • Gennadi Vostrikov
    Gennadi Vostrikov
  • Miranda Weese
    Miranda Weese
  • ...and many others:
    Nicolai Baletsenko
    Marjorie Mussman
    Christine O'Neal
    Barbara Pontecorvo

Guest Artist Biographies

Anastasia Babayeva

Anastasia BabayevaMs. Anastasia Babayeva is a graduate of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. She danced professionally with the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia, Chicago Ballet, IL, Richmond Ballet in VA, International Ballet Classique, PA.

She has performed principal roles in great classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and others, as well as Balanchine ballets and contemporary works of world renowned choreographers such as K. Peterson, J. Butler, M. Burn, V. Nebrada, C. Connor and many others. Ms. Babayeva also performed as a guest artist in galas and productions throughout USA.

In 2001 she co-founded the Academy of International Ballet and Performing Arts and in 2003 International Ballet Classique. Under her direction, IBC has presented acclaimed performances of major full-length ballets including Coppelia, Nutcracker, Giselle, Walpurgis Night, Swan Lake Act II, Paquita and numerous mixed repertory performances.

Ms. Babayeva received Outstanding Teacher Award from American Ballet Competition and YAGP. Her students have qualified and won medals in prestigious ballet competitions throughout USA and gone on to dance in professional companies.

In 2006 Ms. Babayeva joined the dance faculty at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Her talent doesn't stop there. Ms. Babayeva creates professional ballet costumes, including tunics, tutus, and tiaras. Her costumes are worn by dancers at competitions and ballet productions.

Lucas Crandall

Lucas CrandallLucas Crandall (Rehearsal Director) began his dance career with the Milwaukee Ballet in 1979. In 1980, he joined the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genéve, then directed by Oscar Araiz. Under the direction of Jiří Kylián, he danced with Nederlands Dans Theater for two years before returning to Geneva, as soloist and later rehearsal assistant, under the direction of Gradimir Pankov. Mr. Crandall has performed and originated roles in works by notable choreographers including Aráiz, Kylián, Christopher Bruce, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Rui Horta, Amanda Miller and Ohad Naharin. In 2000, Mr. Crandall returned to the U.S. to join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, as Associate Artistic Director and staff at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. His teaching and coaching career includes residencies at various U.S. universities; master classes and repertory workshops, both domestically and abroad; and guest positions at companies including Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Northwest Professional Dance Project, and the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genéve. Mr. Crandall's choreographic work includes multiple premieres for Hubbard Street (Atelier, Gimme, The Set) and new works for Northwest Dance Project and Thodos Dance Chicago. Mr. Crandall was recently rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater's main company for three years, under the directorships of Paul Lightfoot and former Hubbard Street Artistic Director Jim Vincent. Mr. Crandall returned to Hubbard Street as Rehearsal Director in April 2013.

Denis Gronostayskiy

Anastasia BabayevaDenis Gronostayskiy is a graduate of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. He danced professionally with the Moscow Renaissance Ballet in Russia, Philadelphia Ballet Theatre, PA, Richmond Ballet, VA, International Ballet Classique, PA.

He has performed leading roles in great classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and others as well as Balanchine ballets and contemporary works of world renowned choreographers as K. Peterson, J. Butler, M. Burn, V. Nebrada, C. Connor and many others. Mr. Gronostayskiy also performed as a guest artist in galas and productions throughout USA.

In 2001 he co-founded the Academy of International Ballet and Performing Arts and in 2003 International Ballet Classique. Under his direction, IBC has presented acclaimed performances of major full-length ballets including Coppelia, Nutcracker, Giselle, Walpurgis Night, Swan Lake Act II, Paquita and numerous mixed repertory performances.

His students have qualified and won medals in prestigious ballet competitions throughout USA.

In 2006 Mr. Gronostayskiy joined faculty of Neumann College, Aston, PA.

Mr. Gronostayskiy is also a part time photographer. His works being publish in magazines and news papers. So if you need a photographer look no further.

Svetlana Kravtsova

Svetlana KravtsovaSvetlana Kravtsova is a graduate of Ballet Academy of Republic of Moldova.

Mrs. Kravtsova danced as a Principal soloist at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova for 20 years, while simultaneously teaching ballet. She earned the position of Lead Teacher at Ballet Academy of Moldova and was recognized for excellence in teaching and choreography.

Mrs. Kravtsova has been specializing in Vaganova syllabus since 1985. She has prepared many students for International Dance competitions and received with them multiple awards, among which are two gold and two silver medals from International Ballet Competition in Constanza, Romania. She taught at various schools in Indianapolis, IN and Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro area.

Valery Lantratov

Mr. Lantratov has had a distinguished career as a dancer in the companies of Vladimir Vasiliev, Maya Plitsetskaya and Ekaterina Maximova and international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. Most recently he has made international headlines for his role as Czar Nicholas II in a production of the new ballet Rasputin, with Farouk Ruzimatov of the Marinsky Theater (Kirov). It premiered last year in St. Petersburg, Russia.

You can read more about Mr. Lantratov on his blog.

Michael Shannon

Mr. Michael Shannon is an American Bolshoi Ballet Star, Principal Danseur Noble, Honorary Professor of Choreography & Master Teacher, the first American graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow Choreographic Institute, and Hungarian State Ballet Institute. Mr. Shannon is the first foreign principal dancer of the Bolshoi since its founding in 1776. He was also the Principal Dancer of the Vienna State Opera Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Permanent Principal Guest Artist with the Kremlin Palace Ballet Theatre, and Hungarian State Ballet Theatre, two time laureate and medal winner in International Ballet Competition, and honored by Presidents Bush & Clinton. Mr. Shannon has also recently accepted the position Chairman of Faculty of the newly founded Greenwich Ballet Academy, where he imparts his vast experience and knowledge of his art to the new generation of aspiring ballet dancers and choreographers.

Mr. Shannon is a prolific classical & contemporary choreographer whose living abroad for over 20 years, and world tours to 34 countries and 19 states inspired 35 ballets, 28 original premieres, and 7 current works in development. Mr. Shannon’s forte is tailor-made story ballets whose first foray in choreography began with an invitation to Choreograph and stage the William Gibson play, “Monday After the Miracle,” awarded Best Play of 1995 after its premiere in the Moscow Art Theatre of Anton Chekhov. Following this success, Prince Andrei Golitsyn and Prince Oleg Lopukhin of the Russian Nobility Assembly made him Director & Head Choreographer of the Revived Russian Imperial Theatre of Opera and Ballet under the High Patronage of Her Imperial Highness, Grand Duchess, Maria Vladimirovna Romanova where his work continued to expand with: Madame Bovary (1996) Forever (1996) Moods (1996, 1999) Divertissement Imperialé (1997).

Mr. Shannon was then invited to be Head Choreographer and Co. Artistic Director of the Russiches Kammertheater Berlin (today Russiches Theater Berlin) Labyrinth of the Soul (1998) Die Alte (1998) Mozart and Salieri (1998) An Invitation to a Beheading (1999) Die Musen  (The Muses, 2000) Licht Und Schatten (2000). Since Michael had continued to work in both Europe and the US and some of his ballets have included: Ballet de Filé (2002, 2003) Kaleidoscope (2002, 2003) The Red Serpent (2003) White (2004) Karma (2004) Satie (2005) Spiegel Im Spiegel (2006) and Appalachian Spring (2006) Mr. Shannon now works extensively with America’s hottest new contemporary ballet company Configuration under the directorship of Joseph Cipolla, and where he is currently creating two original pieces Liebestod and The Ultimate O for their Spring tour to NYC and the Alvin Ailey Theatre. 

Gennadi Vostrikov

Gennadi Vostrikov was born in Siberia, Russia, USSR, and received his early training in Perm. The young Mr. Vostrikov studied with the renowned ballet masters Plaht and Asaular. Mr. Vostrikov's talents were recognized when he was awarded the first degree diploma in the Leningrad Ballet Competition. Upon graduation, he was asked to join the world-renowned Moiseyev Classical Ballet Company. While with the Moiseyev Company, he was coached by the legendary ballet masters Moiseyev, Asaff Messerer, and Sulamif Messerer. The Moiseyev Company traveled frequently worldwide; and, it was during one of these many tours, that Mr. Vostrikov saw the possibility for freedom and defected while in Mexico. After gaining asylum, the Mexico Ballet Company prompted him to join their company as a principal dancer and teacher.

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) heard about his defection and requested that Vostrikov join PBT. While with the PBT, Vostrikov performed in numerous principal roles in ballets including: The Nutcracker, Prince Igor, Rite of Spring, Spectra de la Rose, Carmena Burana, Coppelia, Cinderella, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Corsaire Pas de Deux, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote. In addition, he has also performed with the Pittsburgh Opera.

Mr. Vostrikov also was a principal with Chicago Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet, and was an associate professor of dance with the University of Alabama in Birmingham, at Shenandoah University, as well as Director of Ballet Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Mr. Vostrikov is currently director of the Virginia Youth Ballet and Vostrikov's Academy of Ballet. Additionally, he is a guest teacher and choreographer with Cumberland Ballet, New Castle Ballet, Williamsburg Chamber Ballet, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA, and is a master teacher with several national and regional ballet festivals.