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Kirov Academy of Ballet announces two new staff

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Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC announced today that Martin Fredmann and

Nikolai Kabaniaev have joined the academy’s artistic faculty for the 2010-2011 school


Fredmann, former Artistic Director of the Colorado Ballet and creator and director of

Japan Grand Prix, will assume the duties of Deputy Artistic Director. Fredmann is an

internationally respected teacher and choreographer who built the Colorado Ballet and

was at its helm for 19 years.

Kabaniaev, Co-Artistic Director and principal dancer of the Bay Area’s Diablo Ballet,

takes the position of senior boys’ teacher.

Both Fredmann and Kabaniaev have extensive backgrounds in Russian ballet. Both have

studied under Konstantine Chatilov at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg,

Russia. Fredmann was one of the very few Americans to have had this opportunity

during the Cold War.

After dancing with the Kirov Ballet for seven years in soloist and principal roles,

Kabanaiev joined the Oakland Ballet as a principal dancer in 1989, and was later one of

the founding members of the Diablo Ballet.

KAB opened in 1990 and was founded to train aspiring young dancers in a pedagogy

based on that of the Vaganova Ballet Academy and the performance aesthetic of The

Kirov Ballet (now the Maryinsky). Its founding director is Oleg Vinogradov, former

Artistic Director of the Kirov Ballet. KAB’s current Artistic Director is Marat Daukayev, a

former star of the Kirov Ballet and one of its most important coaches.

For more information, please contact:

Mary Catherine West



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This is wonderful! Martin is an old collegue (and employer) of mine back in Colorado and NYC. I'd love to hear how he is faring at KAB.

Philip S. Rosemond.

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Nikolai Kabaniaev choreographed The Firebird for Festival Ballet Theatre in CA this summer. The performances were stunning. I'm sure he will be a great asset to the Kirov Academy.

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