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Andrey Silantyev was born in Moscow, Russia. He attended the Moscow Ballet Academy and upon graduation joined the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre as a soloist for 20 years and toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, Japan and the United States. His diverse repertoire included major roles in ballets: Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Spartacus.
He has been teaching classical ballet for 25 years. He holds two diplomas: a Master of Arts degree in Dance and a Master of Performing Arts degree in Education. He has taught at the Moscow Ballet Academy and numerous ballet companies and schools in Russia and the USA.
Andrey's classes are taught in the best tradition of classical training and reflect the excellence of his ballet education and vast experience as a dancer, choreographer, and repertory coach. Andrey's teaching method emphasizes correct placement, develops strength and pays particular attention to épaulement and port de bras. Instruction and corrections are given clearly which helps students to rapidly improve their dance skills.