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Natalya Stavro was born in Russia and received her ballet training at the Vaganova Choreographic Institute, the official school of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg. After completing her training and graduating with the highest level diploma, "Ballet Dancer," Natalya joined the state Academic Theatre of Classical Ballet in Moscow as a principal dancer. She danced leading roles for 20 years and toured throughout Europe, South America, Japan and the United States. Her diverse repertoire includes Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and Raymonda. Natalya also danced in ballets created by the renowned choreographers George Balanchine, Roland Petit, Alberto Alonso and Maurice Bejar. Natalya has been featured in a number of videotaped performances including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote.
In 1990 Natalya turned her talent to teaching and since then has been instructing classes in ballet, pointe, and variations for companies and schools in Russia and the United States. Her class format emphasizes correct development of both the technical and artistic elements of classical ballet and is a clear reflection of her pure traditional training and distinguished performance career.