FACULTY & STAFF
Triad Ballet shares faculty with our sister organization, Artistic Motion School of the 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.
Natalya Igitkhanyan Davison
Founder and Artistic Director
Natalya or “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
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, with a career spanning close to 30 years and which has taken her all over the world, she also used to be a professional ballet dancer. She began her professional track training with The Scottish Ballet and then Elmhurst Ballet School, in England, before eventually enjoying a professional career (reaching the level of Soloist) with what was then known as the San Francisco Theater Ballet and also Peninsula Ballet Theater in San Mateo, CA. 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 entail. Read more
Co-Founder, Treasurer and Operations Manager
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.
Misha Tchoupakov has been teaching our senior and pre-professional students for over 10 years. He has had an illustrious professional career (more on that below) but we wanted first to shine a light on his very worthy teaching experience. He was on the faculty of the Royal Ballet School, the Elmhurst School for Dance (which supports the Birmingham Royal Ballet), and the English National Ballet School in the UK. 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 also served as Assistant Professor at the University of Utah Department of Ballet. Read more
After completing her training, Heather joined the Colorado Ballet Company in Denver, CO and danced a diverse classical ballet repertoire. Her favorite leading roles include the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, the Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, the Dryad Queen in Don Quixote and Lucy in Dracula. She was also a featured dancer in Jessica Lang’s From Foreign Lands and People, Taisiya Korobeynikova’s Elysium, Darrell Moultrie’s Vital Sensations and many other works by contemporary choreographers. After 11 seasons with the company, Heather retired as a soloist Read more
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
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
Chloé Neunsinger began ballet at the age of three in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has attended several summer intensives including Houston Ballet, the National Ballet School of Canada, and Butler Ballet. On full scholarship, Chloé attended both the Martha Graham School summer program in New York City, and the Fini Dance Festival in Calabria, Italy, where she won the Italian International Dance Award. She has performed several times in Carolina Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”, their world premiere of Lynn Taylor Corbett’s “The Little Mermaid”, as well as performed as a soloist with the Greensboro Opera in their production of “Hansel and Gretel”. Most recently, Chloé traveled to Fukuoka, Japan for a semester as a Bridging Scholar where she danced and studied abroad. Chloé is also the founder and director of the non-profit “The Dance Lab Co.” which also collaborates with Artistic Motion, teaching dance to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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.