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. Marina danced with the Russian State Ballet and Moscow Ballet 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.

Daria Mazolina
Stretching/Conditioning Teacher

Daria (Dasha) Mozolina, born in Athens, GA and raised in Moscow, Russia, is a dancer, choreographer, and educator currently based in Washington, DC area. Most recently, she has performed in works by Kendra Portier, Shawn Stone and Gabriel Mata at the American College Dance Association Gala Concert, The Clarice and The Kennedy Center respectively.
Dasha holds a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland and a Candidate of Master of Sport of Russian Federation in rhythmic gymnastics. She is currently a competitive team and recreational class coach at Capital Rhythmics and stretching/conditioning teacher at the Akhmedova Ballet Academy.

Class Description:
The class will help students develop personal stretching and conditioning tools, through which they will be able to expand their range of movement, build functional strength, improve endurance and work on body alignment. Stretching/conditioning class is composed out of a combination of cardiovascular, rhythmic gymnastics and yoga stretching and strengthening exercises. The class will challenge students to go past their limits, but at the same time, it will be a fun experience filled with positive reinforcement and constructive feedback.

Ashley Canterna-Hardy
Contemporary Choreographer for solos and ensemble pieces

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.

Choreographers and guest teachers who worked with ABA PTP students:

Edwaard Liang, Victor Kabaniaev, Alicia Canterna, Lauren Christie, Misha Tchoupakov,

David McCarty, Kathy Whitelaw,