A&A BALLET Alexei Kremnev & Anna Reznik

Dear Students

We always have been moved by INNOVATION and TRADITION. Our demanding XXI Century requires us to experiment with new visual forms and to be creative and daring. But there is also a legacy of our past we should carefully pass onto our future generations. It is only through an understanding of our past that we will progress forward and succeed in achieving our goals to AMAZE, EDUCATE, and ENTERTAIN our audiences.

Alexei Kremnev & Anna Reznik

A&A BALLET

A&A BALLET is devoted to training in strong, versatile dance technique, as well as the development of PERSONALITY, INDEPENDENCE, and ARTISTRY in young dancers. Founded and led by internationally acclaimed artists and former Founding Artistic Directors of the Joffrey Academy and Joffrey Studio Company, Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev, 

A&A BALLET’s creative vision has been developed through the eyes of artists and reflects the international experience of Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev as artists, choreographers, directors, and teachers. They have been studying, performing, educating, choreographing, and directing for more than 35 years, boasting numerous accolades throughout their careers, including the personal and professional successes of countless students.

Reznik and Kremnev have a reputation for producing strong, dynamic, sophisticated dancers, built on knowledge of the syllabus they have been creating since 1997, based primarily on purity and a clear structure of the Russian school, but with a deep understanding of the current and most progressive approaches to dance and movement. A&A BALLET provides students with various backgrounds and levels the opportunity to pursue world-class ballet training. With former students currently dancing with companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Staatsoper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Nederlands Dans Theater and numerous others, Reznik and Kremnev’s A&A BALLET offers the necessary experience to create artists of all levels, from professional dancers to those with a deep appreciation for dance of all forms.

Alexei Kremnev

As the founding Artistic Director of The Joffrey Academy of Dance and the Joffrey Studio Company (2009-2016), Alexei Kremnev brought a reputation to the Academy as one of the most innovative and fast-growing dance organizations worldwide. The Joffrey Academy was the third organization where Mr. Kremnev stimulated substantial financial and artistic success as an Artistic Director. Previously, he was the Artistic Director of the Evansville Dance Theatre and Southold Dance Theatre, respectively, between 2003-2009.

He began his career in Moscow at the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Degree of Ballet Artist), the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art (GITIS), and the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Degree in Pedagogy and Choreography). Either as a Principal Artist, Choreographer or Teacher, he has worked internationally with the Moscow Festival Ballet (Russian National Ballet), England’s Northern Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi, Russian and European Stars of the Ballet. Mr. Kremnev received superlative reviews in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Dance Magazine for the leading roles he danced. He is the Laureate of the Leonide Massine Award, the Nureyev International, and Lifar International Ballet Competition. Among the legendary teachers Mr. Kremnev studied with, there are two who influenced his teaching philosophy the most: Eleonora Vlasova was a great ballerina and a laureate of the Paris Academy of Dance Award for her achievements in ballet, and German Pribilov, who studied with the great Alexander Pushkin, a teacher of Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

 

Mr. Kremnev has been featured on PBS Holiday Specials Love is Here to Stay and A Family Thanksgiving. He has been praised for his extraordinary ability to work with a young generation of dancers, as well as for his original, creative choreography. Mr. Kremnev’s choreography was presented at the legendary Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 2004-2006, Lincoln Center in New York in 2015, and the Opernhaus Zurich in 2016 and 2017. He received the Outstanding Choreographer Award at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in 2006, 2007, 2009, and the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2017 and 2018. His works have been successfully performed in collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater and the Cleveland Orchestra.

In 2001, Mr. Kremnev was recognized as one of the Most Influential People in the Arts in Cincinnati and was elected to the Advisory Board on Eastern Europe for Illinois under Senator Mark Kirk in 2011. Under his leadership, the Southold Dance Theatre was named Outstanding School at YAGP in 2008, the Joffrey Academy of Dance claimed the same title at YAGP every year they participated in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, and the A&A BALLET in 2019 and 2020. Mr. Kremnev’s artistic vision was essential in the creation and success of the Gala of the International Ballet Stars in Cincinnati, Children’s Ballet Theatre Series, and Winning Works: Choreographers of Color at the Joffrey Ballet. During his time as Artistic Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance and the Joffrey Studio Company, Mr. Kremnev created sixteen new works at the Joffrey. In 2013, Mr. Kremnev received the Achievement Award in Culture from the Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), and the Business Leaders Award from the American Councils for International Education and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the
United States Department of State in 2017.

His thorough knowledge of the most current teaching methods and styles has produced many dancers who have been accepted into some of the most prestigious companies and elite dance institutions in the world, including the Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Staatsoper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Norwegian National Ballet,
Nederlands Dans Theater, Polish National Ballet, Estonian National Ballet, New Zealand Royal Ballet, Czech National Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Bejart Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met, Kansas City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Tokyo City Ballet, Ballet du Capitole, Tulsa Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dortmund Ballet, Complexions, Royal Ballet School, USC Kaufman School of Dance and many others.

 

Anna Reznik

Anna Reznik is the former Founding Artistic Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance and the Joffrey Studio Company (2009-2016). In a very short time, she developed the Academy as one of the most innovative and fast-growing
dance organizations worldwide.

He began his career in Moscow at the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Degree of Ballet Artist), the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art (GITIS), and the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Degree in Pedagogy and Choreography). Either as a Principal Artist, Choreographer or Teacher, he has worked internationally with the Moscow Festival Ballet (Russian National Ballet), England’s Northern Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi, Russian and European Stars of the Ballet. Mr. Kremnev received superlative reviews in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Dance Magazine for the leading roles he danced. He is the Laureate of the Leonide Massine Award, the Nureyev International, and Lifar International Ballet Competition. Among the legendary teachers Mr. Kremnev studied with, there are two who influenced his teaching philosophy the most: Eleonora Vlasova was a great ballerina and a laureate of the Paris Academy of Dance Award for her achievements in ballet, and German Pribilov, who studied with the great Alexander Pushkin, a teacher of Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

 

Ms. Reznik was featured nationwide in the PBS Holiday Specials Love is Here to Stay and A Family Thanksgiving.
In 2002, Ms. Reznik was recognized as one of the most influential people in the Arts in Cincinnati. She has been
praised for her extraordinary ability to work with today’s young dancers. Her thorough knowledge of the most current teaching methods and styles has produced many dancers who have been accepted into some of the most prestigious companies and elite dance institutions worldwide, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Staatsoper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Norwegian National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Polish National Ballet, Estonian National Ballet, New Zealand Royal Ballet, Czech National Ballet, Ballet du Capitole, Tokyo City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Bejart Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met, Kansas City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Tulsa Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dortmund Ballet, Complexions, Royal Ballet School, USC Kaufmann School of Dance and many others.

In 2007, 2017 and 2018 Ms. Reznik received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the YAGP. Under her leadership, the Southold Dance Theatre was named Outstanding School at YAGP in 2008, the Joffrey Academy of Dance claimed the same title at YAGP every year they participated in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, and the A&A BALLET in 2019 and 2020.
Ms. Reznik also received the Achievement Award in Culture from the Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI).

Choreography

Full-length:

“Cinderella”, “Snow Queen”, “New Adventures of Pinocchio”, “Coppelia”, “La Fille Mal Gardee”,
“Blue Bird of Happiness”, “The Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker”, “The Art Deco Nutcracker”.

Other works:

 “Aleko”, “Everest”, “Coco + Igor,”  “Windy Sand”, “Swan Lake Inspiration”, “Solo in Black”, “Carnival of the Animals”, “Le Roi s’amuse: Dances in Ancient Style”, “The Firebird Suite”, “Blue Velvet”, “Lament”, “Dances on the Rocks”, “About the Tails… Northern Suite”, “Pavane”, “Toma Que Toma”, “Beatles go Baroque”, “Uakti”,  “Wall Street”, “Amelie”, “Running on a wave”, “Shy”,”The Bloody Mary”.

Reviews from critics and the press

The Huffington Post
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"It is impossible to find one word that summarizes Kremnev's choreography: It is everything, encompassing the best and brilliance of what movement can be while breaking boundaries of what we know. Perhaps this is fitting: Kremnev isn't one thing, either. He is a rarity. Choreographer, yes--but also a soulful transcendentalist and pioneer of physicality, musicality, and emotion in dance. He is a revolutionary. "
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"The electricity of his work echoes with audiences of all ages."
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"With every bit of zeal, heart, and exceptional attention to detail that have come to define his work as a choreographer--not to mention, make the smallest nuances of his pieces explosions of musicality, electricity, and vigor.”
The Cincinnati Enquire
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"With choreography by Alexei Kremnev, it brought dance to a whole new level. He created some of the most interesting choreography in memory."
The Huffington Post
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"Kremnev is making ballet choreography as a whole better. He doesn't push limits; he works beyond them. His ideas aren't adapted; he invents new ones."
The Huffington Post
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“To put it simply, that's what Kremnev is: A story-teller; a master of rewriting the modern masterpiece--the lost pinnacle of true artistry that gets abandoned too often in today's too-many-pirouettes-to-count world.”
The City Beat
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"Kremnev's musical sense is outstanding. He's got an encyclopedic sense of what works for his purposes, uncannily links the mix and fits movements as though the collection was written specifically for him."
The Huffington Post
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"Emotion. How something makes us feel, and why we feel that way. Kremnev tackles that question audaciously, with a range of styles and different heartstrings they pull at. His Carnival of the Animals is, delightfully, equal parts comedic and captivating, with a forceful wit and choreography bursting with nuanced athleticism. In Kremnev's pieces--this one, in particular, dancers don't move with the music; his choreography provides them the opportunity to move as the music, divine musicality that is illustrative of every note and subtlety.” "In keeping with his pronounced musicality, but serving a different side of the emotional spectrum, Windy Sand is introspective, filled with pas de deuxs and groups that shift like a kaleidoscope slide. As dancers waft through elaborate lifts, you're enchanted--but equally so when a pair stand facing each other, holding hands or sitting back to back on the floor. Windy Sand ricochets from movement inquisitively physical to profoundly intimate...and altogether, creates moment after moment where you can practically hear the audience catching their breath. Pieces like this remind us why we watch ballet to begin with."
Michel Odin
La Danse de Paris
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"The biggest, heart stirring surprise was Anna Reznik. Nina Vyroubova was struck by her resemblance with Olga Spessivtseva. A true mixture of poetry and emotion, brilliance and panache"
Corinne Dunne
The Naples Daily News
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"Reznik's Giselle conveys the very ideal of innocence and sweetness with her airy and ephemeral dancing. She is the very ideal of 19th century purity!"
Kenneth LaFave
The Arizona Republic
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"Dazzling dancers earn place in "Giselle" history. Two spectacularly gifted dancers."
Anna Kisselgoff
The New York Times
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"Above all she let each gesture to flow into a dance phrase. Extremely well placed in her classical silhouettes."
Jerry Stein
The Cincinnati Post
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"It takes 100 minutes before Anna Reznik blends refinement and risk. She is worth to wait. She brought a new definition of eternity."
Nina Alovert
Dance Magazine
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"Kremnev and Reznik create such a strong magnetic field around themselves that the ballet often seems as if it takes place between the two of them..."
Carol Norris
The Cincinnati Enquirer
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"In my 27 years of watching, these two dancers kindled the most heat. When Anna takes the stage all eyes are on her. She is perfection. Flawless."
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