Photo: Denis Gronostayskiy

Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy

Co-Principals

Anastasia Babayeva is a graduate of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. Over the span of her artistic career Ms. Babayeva has danced professionally with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow; Chicago Ballet in Chicago, IL; Richmond Ballet in Richmond, VA; and the International Ballet Classique in Pennsylvania.
 
She has performed principal roles in classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty. She has also performed Balanchine works including Apollo, Serenade, Who Cares?, and Agon, and works by renowned choreographers such as Kirk Peterson, John Butler, and Malcolm Burn.
 
After her performance career, Ms. Babayeva went on to become a ballet mistress and ballet teacher. She has been awarded with the Outstanding Teacher Award from the American Ballet Competition, Easton International Ballet Competition, and four times from Youth America Grand Prix. Her students have qualified and won medals in prestigious ballet competitions throughout the United States, and have gone on to dance in several professional companies including Pennsylvania Ballet.
 
Denis Gronostayskiy is also a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. Mr. Gronostayskiy danced professionally throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States as a Principal Dancer with the Moscow Renaissance Ballet; The Richmond Ballet in Richmond, VA; Philadelphia Ballet Theatre; and International Ballet Classique.
 
During his career, Mr. Gronostayskiy had the honor of working with many renowned choreographers including Colin Connor, Vincente Nebrada, and Malcolm Burn, which fueled his passion for choreography. Mr. Gronostayskiy has since choreographed numerous full-length ballets including, Copellia, Giselle, Walpurgis Night, and Paquita as well as many other smaller ballets.
 
Mr. Gronostayskiy’s wide range of experience in ballet offers a unique opportunity for the students at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet to perfect their classical training while learning a variety of techniques that are required for a successful career in today’s dance world.
 
Ms. Babayeva and Mr. Gronostaykiy were named Co-Principals of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet in July of 2016.