Artistic Faculty

Jacqueline Akhmedova
Ballet Teacher for Senior and Junior PTP 2 & 1 - technique, pointe, repertoire, character

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.

Marina Timofeeva
Ballet Teacher for PTP 1 & Preparatory Division - technique, pointe, repertoire, character

Marina teaches the Junior PTP 1 and the Preparatory Division levels at ABA. Marina is a graduate of the famous Perm State Academy of Ballet in Russia. She performed the Classical repertoire in Russia, Europe, Asia and America. One of the companies Marina danced with was the Russian State Ballet, which is one of the best smaller companies in Russia.

Marina has taught at ABA for 2 years and is an experienced Vaganova instructor who has a special talent with our younger dancers. 

Alice Wylie
Pilates Teacher

In her work with the highly skilled dancers of Akhmedova Ballet Academy, Alice structures her classes with a foundation in the dynamic tradition of core strengthening Pilates, while integrating yoga principles and postures.

She believes that one of the keys to longevity and health in a dance career (and in life!) is finding the proper balance of strength and flexibility in body and in mind. Born in Washington DC, Alice began her dance training with Jane Bittner and trained extensively with several other renown teachers including Dawei Zhang, Suzanne Farrell, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and Violette Verdy. She attended Indiana University’s prestigious School of Music where she received her Bachelor of Science in Ballet and French.

Alice danced with Ballet Austin, Kim Robards Dance in Denver, and then joined Washington DC’s CityDance Ensemble with whom she toured internationally. Currently, Alice is an Adjunct Professor of Ballet at American University. She is also an E-RYT500 through Yoga Alliance and teaches yoga and pilates mat throughout the DC area.

Mimmo Miccolis
Contemporary Teacher & Choreographer

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. 

Class description:

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.