Artistic Director Mme. Tatiana Stepanova completed her training at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Upon completion of her training, she returned to her native home in Odessa, where she was invited to perform as Principal Dancer for the Odessa State Ballet Company.
It was here that Mme. Stepanova was given the opportunity to dance the Principal Roles in an extensive classical, contemporary, and modern repertoire. Her combination of unique style, technique, and dramatic excellence led her to be invited to perform in the Gala performance honoring the almunae of Ballet Russes in New Orleans in 2000 . This momentous reunion occasion was captured in a documentary film “Ballet Russes” released in 2005.
Other film credits include Universal Pictures, the American Girl Film series (Girl of the Year: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight), Tatiana Stepanova, Ballet Choreographer.
Mme. Stepanova’s international travels involved performing in many countries throughout the world including, Japan, Italy, Malta, Finland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Romania, and many cities across North America.Mme. Stepanova’s worldwide reputation as Prima Ballerina has made her a legend in her own time.
For her excellence in the performing arts, Mme Stepanova was awarded the honorary title of People’s Artist of Ukraine. This decoration was awarded to outstanding art performers of the Ukrainian SSR and later Ukraine, whose merits were exceptional in the sphere of development of the performing arts.
Master Teacher, and Choreographer, Mme. Stepanova was inspired by such great artists as, Galina Ulanova, Marina Semyonova, and Maya Plitsetsaya just to mention a few who shaped and enriched Mme. Stepanova’s knowledge of traditional Russian Ballet. Tatiana Stepanova brings with her this incredible wealth of International and North American experience to share with her students. She has taught both in teacher training courses and given Master Classes at a number of Colleges and Universities throughout the United States and Canada.
QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE AWARD
For her outstanding contribution to the Arts and Culture in Canada, Mme. Stepanova was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012.