mission of ZBS is to train and develop young students with the
excellence required for a professional career in ballet. Instructors
are chosen for their abilities to help the student obtain an
international level of expertise.
Ballet School (ZBS) offers a professionally oriented ballet program
with classes in technique, pointe, character, classical variations, and
contemporary variations. ZBS has established itself as a superior
training ground for aspiring ballet dancers.
Students of German and Valentina Zamuel have distinguished
themselves through their professional careers as principal and leading
dancers at major companies around the world and acceptance at many of
the country’s leading Ballet Programs: San Francisco
Ballet School; World Masters in Vail; Kirov Academy in Washington DC;
American Ballet Theater School; Pacific Northwest Ballet School; North
Carolina School of the Arts; Walnut Hill School; National Ballet of
Canada School; Suzanne Farrell Intensive; Harid Academy; Boston Ballet
School; Washington Ballet School; and the School of American Ballet.
is an important part of the students dance education and ZBS will train
students to share their joy of dance with an audience.
Studio performances and formal stage productions, including
an annual Nutcracker performance, are the highlights. Through
performance, students acquire a focus, discipline, and love of the art
that will enrich their lives and may lead to a professional career in
German Zamuel graduated
from the world-renowned Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy. He danced
professionally in leading roles throughout the former Soviet Union,
Europe, South America, and the United States. Mr. Zamuel was a
principal dancer and choreographer of the Maliy Theatre of Opera and
Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia and professor of choreography at the All
Union College of Arts and Culture, St. Petersburg. Following his
performance career, Mr. Zamuel served for 11 years as senior teacher at
The Royal Ballet School in London, as principal teacher at the
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, as director of Pittsburgh Ballet
Theater II, and as ballet teacher for the New York Conservatory of
Dance. Mr. Zamuels students have won numerous awards including six
medals (two of them gold) by Tetsuya Kumakawa and Christopher Wheeldon
at the Prix de Lausanne, the worlds foremost dance competition.
For five years Mr. Zamuel has been awarded the "Outstanding
Teacher" award from the Youth America Grand Prix.
Valentina Moukhanova Zamuel is
also a graduate of the prestigious Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy. She
danced as a principal dancer with the Maliy Theater of Opera and
Ballet, as well as guest artist with the Kirov Ballet. Ms. Moukhanovas
roles include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle in Giselle, Nikia in
La Bayadere, Medora in Le Corsaire, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Juliet in
Romeo and Juliet, Carmen in Carmen Suite, and Firebird in The Firebird.
In 1980 she received the Meritorious Artist of Russia award from the
government. Ms. Moukhanova was a senior teacher at The Royal Ballet
School in London for 12 years before coming to Colorado.
Marina Oreshkevich is
a graduate of the Perm State Choreographic School and the Russian State
Academy for Theatre Art. She danced as a soloist and principal dancer
with Moisseyevs Folk Dance Company and later taught in the Academic
Folk Dance Company of the Russian Federation of Moscow, earning
numerous awards. She brings a wealth of teaching experience in
classical ballet, historical character, and folk dance, to the Zamuel
Marina Stillman received her formal ballet education at the Academy of
Choreography in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she studied the Vaganova Method for
eight years. She spent two years of practical training at the Azerbaijan State
Opera and Ballet Theatre. She continued her education at the Art and Dance
College in Tver, Russia, where she graduated with honors. Since 1999, Marina has
taught at several dance studios in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Colorado. She
has joined Zamuel Ballet School faculty in 2009.
Laura Herd is currently studying developmental psychology at the University of Colorado. She began dancing at four years of age and was a student of Zamuel Ballet for 5 years. Primarily trained in the Cecchetti style of ballet, she completed four grades of exams before transitioning to the Vaganova technique. She has been formally trained in ballet, contemporary, and tap. After finding a love for ballet, Laura began taking part in competitions such as the Denver Ballet Guild and Youth America Grand Prix. She has performed with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in productions such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Babar the Elephant and has performed with Zamuel Ballet as a soloist in several productions including Giselle and Paquita.
Kailey Altmeyer has been dancing since age two, expanding her experience in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, ballroom, modern and lyrical. She has appeared in local studio as well as professional stage productions including Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Kailey was delighted to train with Louis Van Amstel, a professional dancer on the popular television series, Dancing With the Stars. She has also enjoyed learning from various Top Ten Finalists from So You Think You Can Dance, including Kherington Payne, Gev Manokian, Stephen Twitch Boss, and Courtney Galiano. Kailey has been honored to develop her art of ballroom dance with notable Blackpool champions. Her love of dance has been shared with others through teaching dance skills and choreography in school classrooms as well as private studios. Kailey is excited to share her passion with Zamuel Ballet School.
Nina Miller, accompanist, knew early on
what her lifes work would be: Play the piano! In fact,
it was at the age of 5 when she first started taking piano
lessons. Since then, she has performed to audiences all over the
world including St. Petersburg Russia, Porto Portugal, Finland, Perm
Russia, Sicily Italy, Tokyo Japan and of course Colorado Springs.
After graduating from the College of Mussorgsky in 1990 and St.
Petersburgs Conservatoire in 1996, she worked as ballet pianist at the
Leningrad Ballet Company in St. Petersburg until 2000. In 2000,
she began working in Tokyo Japan as a ballet pianist with R-Studio and
the New Tokyo National Theatre. She also had performances at the
Russian Embassy and an episode of SMAP TV show for Fuji TV. A
resident of Colorado Springs since 2004, Nina works with the Zamuel
Ballet School, is an accompanist for Widefield School District #3 and
piano teacher to many lucky students.