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FACULTY & STAFF

Triad Ballet shares faculty with our sister organization, Artistic Motion School of Arts, to ensure that all students benefit from the extraordinary caliber of our teachers and that technical standards blend seamlessly between the schools and the company.

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Natalya Igitkhanyan Davison

Founder and Artistic Director

Natalya - The Founder of Artistic Motion School of Arts, the organization which went on to create Triad International Ballet, Natalya studied at the Armenian Choreographic Academy as well as GITIS, the world-renowned Moscow State University of Dramatic Art. She specializes in Ballet and international folk dances, with over 25 years of teaching experience.  Known for her enthusiasm, caring nature and advocacy for all facets of the performing arts, Natalya continues to share her passion and knowledge throughout the community.  “Miss Natasha" - as she is fondly called by her students – is a “maker of stars”.  She creates Artists, not just Dancers.  She has a true gift in the way she brings forth her teaching expertise through her unique attention to artistry, emotional performance, technical excellence and physical (almost orthopedic) detail.  Combining all of this with her deeply caring attitude towards her students, she has an ability to transform any dancer (young or old) into one who displays technique, strength and grace far beyond even their own wildest dreams.   Read more

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Alexia Maas

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Alexia's unique background and skill sets lend themselves perfectly to this role.  Not only is she an experienced international lawyer & business leader, with a career spanning 30 years, she also used to be a professional ballet dancer.  She began her professional training with The Scottish Ballet and then Elmhurst Ballet School, in England, before eventually enjoying a professional career as a Soloist with what was then known as the San Francisco Theater Ballet and later with Peninsula Ballet Theater.  She has a deep-rooted passion for all things ballet and has first-hand insight into the art of ballet, the career of ballet and the joys and struggles that both entaill. Read more

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Heather Prokhnitski 

Senior Ballet Instructor & Rehearsal Director

In 2008, Heather joined the faculty at the Colorado Ballet Academy. Over a span of 13 years, she taught ballet technique to all ages and levels as well as teaching pointe, variations, repertoire and conditioning for dancers. In addition to choreographing ensemble pieces and staging classical works for the Academy’s concerts and annual productions, Heather coached students for the Denver Ballet Guild and Youth America Grand Prix competitions. She also participated as a guest teacher for the Youth American Grand Prix workshops in Denver, CO. Heather created and ran the Colorado Ballet Academy’s Intermediate Summer Intensive Program, as well as taught for several summers in the Summer Intensive for Ballet Virginia International and in Colorado Ballet Academy’s Summer Intensive Program under the direction of Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. Over the years, her students have been accepted to renowned schools and companies such as Julliard, English National Ballet school, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Kirov Academy (Washington D.C.), Boston Ballet School, Colorado Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.  Read more

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Misha Tchoupakov

Senior Ballet Instructor & Solo Variations Coach

Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Misha Tchoupakov has performed with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow as well as Colorado Ballet, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet in the U.S. and Vienna State Opera Ballet in Austria. He also holds an M.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy and Choreography from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and he has taught for Colorado Ballet, Houston Ballet, Oregon Dance Theatre, State Street Ballet, Ballet Arlington in the U.S.; Tokyo City Ballet in Japan; Guangzhou Ballet in China; Galili Dance in the Netherlands; Cluj Opera Ballet and Sibiu Ballet Theatre in Romania; Cia Brasileira de Ballet and Teatro Municipal do Rio De Janeiro in Brazil; Ballet Nacional Sodre in Uruguay; and Tivoli Ballet Theater in Denmark. He was also on the faculty of the Royal Ballet School, the Elmhurst Ballet School in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the English National Ballet School in the UK and served as Assistant Professor at the University of Utah Department of Ballet. Read more

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Grigor Zakyan

Dance Instructor

Grigor Zakyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia and is now a principal dancer with Triad International Ballet. He began his career as a dancer with his acceptance into the Yerevan State Choreographic College ballet program in 2009. He attended the Choreographic College until his graduation in 2018 after which he was offered a position with the Armenian Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Yerevan. There he has danced roles in ballets such as Gayane, Spartacus, Carmen, Don Quixote, and Giselle. Grigor recently travelled to the United States after being invited to participate in a cultural exchange program sponsored by Rotary Club International. Read more

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Karina Davison

Dance Instructor

Karina Davison is also a principal dancer with Triad International Ballet and we are delighted that she will be dancing the lead role of Kitri in our inaugural performance of Don Quixote in 2022.  Karina has danced many roles in her career, with highlights including the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker”, Nikiya in “La Bayadere”, and Aurora in “The Sleeping Beauty”.  Karina has also danced in special performances in Washington, D.C. and at the Lincoln Center in New York City with the Youth American Grand Prix Finals Gala. Read more

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Dex Davison

Chairman of the Board | Director of Drama

Dex Davison, Chairman of the Board and Director of Drama

 

Dex Davison has deep roots here in the Triad, having lived here since 1986.  He graduated high school from Greensboro Day School and thereafter attained his Degree from Davidson College.   Dex then embarked on a career in education, which has spanned almost 30 years in both private and public education both in the States and overseas.  At the beginning of that career, he found himself teaching English Literature at the SAAS Marina School in Moscow, Russia where he met an amazingly talented and beautiful Armenian ballerina and, somehow, he convinced her to marry him and move back to the Triad.  The rest, as they say, is history and we are all truly blessed that Dex & Natalya came here to Greensboro and built the foundations upon which Triad International Ballet now stands tall.

 

Dex is certified in Special Education K-12 and has specialized in teaching mathematics to students with a variety of learning differences, including learning disabilities, attention disorders, autism, and behavioral disabilities.   He is beginning his 18th year teaching at Southwest Guilford High School.  In addition to being an educator, Dex has spent his life on stage, growing up with his father being a professional opera singer, and performing in his first role at the age of two.  He has performed in countless plays, including local productions in the Triad such as “An O’Henry Celebration:  Stories and Songs”, and has served as the Director of Drama for Artistic Motion for over 20 years.  During that time, he has written and performed in dozens of dramatic productions – the unique and pioneering concept of a living libretto - which accompanies the ballets produced by Artistic Motion School of Arts and now Triad International Ballet.  While education is his vocation, and theatre his passion, his true raison d’être is his talented family, artists all, whom he is blessed to live and create with.

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Lynn Angermeier

Co-Founder & Retired Board Member

If you ask Lynn why she loves Ballet she will tell you "It's the awe of it." Those moments in the wings just before you step (or leap) into the lights are unforgettable. "Dance shapes your life." Having dreamed of becoming a dancer her whole life, Lynn finally began serious Ballet training at the age of 38 under the expert tutelage of Natalya Davison and Artistic Motion's then guest artist, Valery Lantratov. Demonstrating that age is no limitation, Lynn enjoyed a rewarding performing experience including dancing in many regional productions and participating in Artistic Motion’s first cultural performing arts exchange at Yerevan, Armenia. When she retired from the stage, Lynn started to teach. Her most valuable contribution has been to teach by her own example, that enthusiastically pursuing one’s passion is essential in life and that one should never give up. 

We welcome international talent and diverse experience.
If you would like to be a guest teacher or are interested in a permanent position, please get in touch with us.

Triad International Ballet School and Artistic Motion School of Arts are part of the same teaching organization.  Enrollment at Artistic Motion is open to all.  Enrollment in Triad International Ballet School is by audition only.  Together, they provide shared facilities and services to our nonprofit organization, Triad International Ballet, as part of a Social Enterprise. 

Together we support each other in true community spirit and in pursuit of a common goal.

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