Proud to be one of the D.C.-Metropolitan area’s premier year-round pre-professional training programs

Akhmedova Ballet Academy (ABA) has been providing world-class Vaganova ballet training since 2011, equipping its dancers to join the ranks of professional companies. ABA’s exceptional faculty provide a nurturing environment where students thrive as both dancers and individuals. No matter what educational or career path our students choose, our training will instill in them the work-ethic and communication and collaborative skills necessary for producing successful leaders and citizens, committed to community, diversity and values-driven pursuits.

Year-round pre-professional training and summer intensives in Classical Vaganova ballet technique and repertoire, strength-training, opportunities to participate in YAGP and other national and international dance competitions and small class sizes to ensure individualized attention for students offer ABA dancers a level of preparation and instruction unparalleled in the D.C.-Metropolitan area. All levels of instruction emphasize personal growth and excellence, kindness to others, humility, character-building and self-discipline.

For questions about our programs and enrollment, please contact ABA Founder and Artistic Director Madame Jacqueline Akhmedova. email or call at 301 593 6262

Akhmedova Ballet Academy’s studio facility is nestled in the heart of Silver Spring, Maryland’s bustling Arts and Entertainment District. ABA is neighbored by the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, AFI Silver Theatre, the Fillmore, Round House Theater and the Levine School of Music.

All amenities and public transportation (Metro Red Line, Metrobus, MARC Train, Ride-On) are around the corner from ABA’s studio. Downtown Washington, D.C. is seven miles from the studio, and can be accessed by car or public transportation.

Akhmedova Ballet Academy features three fully equipped studios with state-of-the-art Harlequin sprung floors, a parent lounge and workspace, kitchen, a workout room and a designated study room with free Wi-Fi to help support students in their academic pursuits.

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Our Faculty

Jacqueline Akhmedova
Ballet Teacher for Senior & Junior PTP

Marina Timofeeva
Ballet Teacher PTP 3/4

Jessica Novakovich
Ballet Teacher PTP 1/2


Thank you for inviting Logan to teach class while he was up in Silver Spring on his break between performance seasons. He definitely does not forget his roots. He’s very grateful for the excellent training and mentoring he received from you, and he has said to me on many occasions that he knows he wouldn’t have such a perfect job right now with Richmond Ballet if you hadn’t taken him under your wing. I’ve always been so impressed that you gave, and continue to give, such individualized attention to every student and really seem to care deeply about the success of each one, professionally and personally. So we’re all very grateful to you and want to continue supporting you in any way we are able.

Abby Hillman – Graduate parent

“Every day, I realize more and more just how lucky I am to be able to call myself a graduate of the Akhmedova Ballet Academy. ABA is not only unique because of its semi-private class structure that provides each student with personal technical and artistic development, but also because of its warm and nurturing environment, neither of which would be possible without Madame Akhmedova ‘s constant hard work and dedication to each of her students. Madame Akhmedova‘s tutelage goes above and beyond producing strong and successful dancers; producing artists that are empowered with the knowledge that by being hard-working and respectful, as well as a good person, it is possible to achieve all of your goals. Mme. Akhmedova has been and continues to be the most wonderful and supportive mentor and teacher I could have ever asked for, and I am forever thankful. Everything Madame Akhmedova and my time at ABA taught me allowed me to embark on my professional career and I know I could not be where I am today without her.”

Deanna Pearson-Sibiu Ballet Theatre, Rumania

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The Akhmedova Ballet Academy is dedicated to providing the finest quality ballet training utilizing the Vaganova Method with personal and artistic mentoring to prepare young talented dancers to become strong and fully developed artists ready to take their places in major dance companies around the world.