Mme. Akhmedova teaches the Senior and Junior PTP level at ABA.
Mme. Jacqueline Akhmedova graduated with honors from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and the Ukrainian Academy of Dance in Kiev, with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Ballet Performance, Pedagogy and Choreography, she quickly moved into the world of European classical dance performance.
She is the Founder and Artistic Director of her own school, the Akhmedova Ballet Academy, in Silver Spring, MD. Her vision for ABA is to provide the finest quality ballet training utilizing the Vaganova Method. Her Professional Training Program offers a well-rounded training with personal and artistic mentoring to prepare young dancers to become strong and fully developed artists ready to take their places in major dance companies around the world.
Mimmo Miccolis, born in Italy, is a contemporary teacher and choreographer at The Washington Ballet. He was the winner of the “Outstanding Choreographer Award” at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) Finals 2015 in New York City and at the Indianapolis International Ballet Competition 2017. In 2011, he was also a recipient of the BBC Performing Arts Fund in London, UK. Most of Mimmo’s choreographic work focuses on social issues and have been performed in venues such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Forum and the House of the European Union in Austria, and the European Commission Joint Research Center in Italy. Mimmo’s work incorporates elements from his background in dance, opera, TV, cinema and dance illusion.
The workshop blends elements of different styles of contemporary dance and utilizes ballet techniques. It will challenge dancers through a series of high energy exercises that allow participants the pleasure of moving the body through space while exploring their physical limits. The class is fun, dynamic and energetic and encourages dancers to use movement as a means of exploration and expression by emphasizing timing, musicality, physicality and emotion.
Ashley is creating choreographies for the PTP students at ABA. Ashley received her ballet training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. on full scholarship. At 14, she was the winner of the junior Division of the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition. That same year, she represented the United States in Varna at the 2000 International Ballet Competition. She won the silver medal (the highest awarded) and the City of Varna Award for being the youngest competitor to pass to the third round. In 2002, she won the Jury award and performed in the televised Medalists Gala and the Encore Gala of the 2002 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
She has performed throughout the United States and abroad. She performed with Bad Boys of Ballet in “Rock the Ballet” at the Joyce Theater in New York and on their European tour.
Ashley is proud to have received choreography awards from the USAIBC and the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition. Many of her students have gone on to Juilliard, other prestigious dance schools or found a home with companies throughout the United States. Former student Derek Dunn is a principal dancer with Boston Ballet. Currently, Ashley enjoys traveling as a guest artist, master teacher, choreographer, judge, and spending time with her students at the Edna Lee Dance Studio in Linthicum, Maryland where she is the artistic director of the competition team. She is honored to teach and choreograph for the Akhmedova Ballet Academy annually under the direction of world renowned ballerina and teacher Jacqueline Akhmedova.
Jessica Novakovich teaches the PTP 1 level at ABA. Jessica is a graduate of the Akhmedova Ballet Academy Professional Training Program where she trained for 4 years with Mme. Akhmedova. She danced professionally with the Manassas Ballet Theatre for three seasons where she performed classical and contemporary roles. Some of the roles she has performed are Nikiya in La Bayadere, the Lilac Fairy In Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois and big swans in Swan Lake and Military Doll and lead Mirlitons in Nutcracker. In 2018 Jessica won third place in the classical category at the World Ballet Arts Grand Prix Regionals and fourth place in Contemporary at the finals. In 2020 she won first place in Classical and second place in Contemporary at the Playa Del Carmen Ballet and Contemporary Competition in Mexico.
Choreographers and guest teachers who worked with ABA PTP students:
Hee Seo, Edwaard Liang, Alicia Canterna, Lauren Christie, Misha Tchoupakov, David McCarty, Kathy Whitelaw, Meaghan McHale