Akhmedova Ballet Academy’s (ABA) highest priority is everybody’s health, safety and sanity. The world health pandemic has affected everyone’s community and changed lives including ours.

Sincere appreciations to those who have already donated. If you haven’t had a chance yet to support the cause, please consider a donation of any size and help us back on pointe. Our campaign is ongoing until we are allowed to open our doors again and through the summer to insure a great new beginning in September 2020 for all our students, staff and audiences. 

Please send your donation via PayPal, through our website, or mail a check to 9511 St. Andrews Way, Silver Spring, MD 20901

For donation information: mme@akhmedovaballet.org

Doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have closed our brand-new state-of-the-art studios. Your contribution will support virtual classes with essential new software and hardware. In order for ABA to open its doors again and get back on pointe as soon as this crisis is over, we urgently need your support to continue passing on the beauty, grace, intricacies and heritage of this classic art form.

This shutdown happened in the middle of our audition season for new students. It has been quite devastating for our summer intensives and year-round programs which recruit nationally and internationally. Students have canceled auditions and were unable to see our facilities. Because of the uncertainty of how long this situation will last and when audiences will return to the theater, ABA had to cancel our spring performance which is a significant revenue loss. We are unable to continue paying our esteemed faculty which might result in them not coming back to ABA.

ABA is the premier professional ballet training program in Montgomery County that serves the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan area as well as nationally and internationally. Your support will ensure that we are able to continue offer the highest quality training to gifted students, nurture the talent of tomorrow’s ballet professionals and sustain the professional community of dance teachers and artists. The program utilizes the Vaganova Method in which some of the greatest ballet dancers such as Nureyev, Makarova, Baryshnikov, Zakharova, Vasiliev, and Osipova were trained.

From the Artistic Director/Master Teacher/Professor Jacqueline Akhmedova:

Why are we dancing? Because we like to move. Why do we move? Because we like to express ourselves. Dancers are lucky. Their body is their job and moving is their lifestyle.

What differentiates ballet among the arts is that its material is the human body.  The victory of its potential over its limitations is essentially what dance is all about, and a ballet coach is the one who makes this victory possible for a dancer.  A great value of studying classical ballet, especially at a young age, lies in the effort of converting one’s complete concentration on something entirely abstract and formal into something entirely concrete and physical. This transformation requires an extraordinary and sometimes painfully difficult effort. But it gives great satisfaction and purpose.

So – dance and move always – it keeps you young, energized and happy.