Ballet is the basis for all dance technique. Levels I and II are taught proper ballet techniques and vocabulary. Beginning in Level III, Vaganova technique is taught in the Kingston studio; American ballet is taught in the Rockwood studio. We teach ages 3 through professional. Enrollment in our ballet program is highly recommended for all dance students.

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Lilia Valieva

Ballet Mistress   

Lilia graduated from the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she trained for 8 years. She then joined the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Bashkortostan in Ufa, quickly becoming a principle dancer. In 1996, she made her United States debut with a leading role in Giselle with the Greeneville Ballet in South Carolina, and continued to dance as a principle dancer for two more years. Her principle roles include Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Pas de Quatre, Coppelia, Don Quixote, and many others. She toured excessively through Europe with stars of the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets. Along with being the dance mistress with the Cumberland County Playhouse dance program for the past 6 years, Ms. Lilia also teaches ballet and pointe at Arts in Motion. Ms. Lilia enjoys every minute of being a teacher and is very proud of all her students and their hard work and dedication to the Dance Program.

Ms. Lilia and her husband Eldar are very supportive of their son, Samat, who is a graduate UT, Knoxville.

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Kingston Studio (865) 376-0295 * Rockwood Studio (865) 354-8969