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ANA LEJAVA

Ana Lejava, born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, started her training at Tbilisi V.Chabukiani State Ballet Art School under the Artistic Director, Nina Ananiashvilli. While in the school, she worked with the Georgia’s State University professor Natasha Digmelashvili on the classical repertoire and performed several roles with the Georgian National Ballet Theater.

In 2005, after receiving the full artistic and academic scholarship Ana continued her training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC, where she trained with Lyudmila Markovina and Anatoli Kucheruk. While in Kirov, she had opportunity to perform various ballets, and work with ballet masters such as former artistic director of Marinski Theater Oleg Vinogradov, and artistic director of Kirov Academy Marat Daukayev. In 2007 Ana was elected to participate in Kennedy Center Master Class Program and had opportunity to experience different techniques taught by the international dance companies and artists such as: Joffrey Baller, ABT, Bolshoi Ballet, Suzanne Farrell, Darci Kistler, Paul Taylor Dance Company and etc.

In 2009 after graduating from Kirov Academy, she started dancing with Atlantic City Ballet and spent a season with the company under the Artistic Director Phyllis Papa. There she performed roles in the classical and contemporary ballets such as, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Dracula, Mountain Legend, Les Patineurs and etc. After finishing the season with Acbt, Ana received full artistic and academic scholarship from the Birmingham-Southern College and was invited to join the Birmingham-Southern College Dance Company.

During her four years of studies at the university, Ana was a guest performer at the Alabama Youth Ballet Company, and the faculty member of the The Stevan Grebel Center for Dance. With the guidance and mentorship of the world renowned ballet master Stevan Grebel, Ana taught ballet, variations, and contemporary dance classes to the students of all ages, as well as give master classes to the students of V.Chabukiani State Ballet Art School, in her home town Tbilisi, Georgia.

In 2014 Ana graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Birmingham-Southern College with the Bachelor of Art’s degree in Dance (Dance performance, education and choreography) and Bachelor of Art’s degree in Political Science (With the focus on International Relations). Ana joined Brighton Ballet Theater, School of Russian American Ballet in 2014.

 

 





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