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Meet our Team

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Artem Yachmennikoff

WDA Owner

WDA Artistic Director

MCBT Artistic Director

Mr. Yachmennikoff graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. He was the first soloist with the world famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow; a soloist at The Mariinsky Theater (Kirov) in St.Petersburg; and a principal dancer at the Dutch National Ballet, which is one of the most prestigious European theaters. He was also a principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet, one of the largest and long lived professional ballet companies in the United States. He performed on the most prestigious ballet stages in the world such as Covent Garden in London, Grand Opera in Paris, Metropolitan Opera in New-York, The London Coliseum Theater, and Champs-Elysees Theater in Paris. Mr. Yachnmennikoff enjoyed the honor of receiving an invitation from Her Royal Majesty Queen Beatrix of Netherlands to attend an official ceremony recognizing his artistic accomplishments. As an experienced and professional Ballet Master, Artem has been an integral part of our team since the beginning. Mr. Artem is also the Artistic Director of Melbourne City Ballet Theatre and the Artistic Director of Classical Arts Entertainment's We Dance Program that offers performance opportunities of the highest level to the ballet dancers of all ages of the East Coast during the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine tour across the US. MCBT and CAE have successfully produced such shows, as the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Cinderella. 

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Ekaterina Vaganova-Yachmennikova

WDA Owner, Coordinator of Operations

MCBT Artistic Director

WDA Ballroom Program Director

Ekaterina, former professional Latin American & Standard dancer. Graduated from the University of Culture in promotion and production of cultural public programs. She is the great-grand daughter of the world-famous ballerina, Agrippina Vaganova, who created the well-known method of professional training for ballet dancers all around the world. Ekaterina herself is a three-time World Champion ballroom dancer, WDC European champion, multiple champion of Italy, Ukraine and Spain. She won her first World Cup at the Under 21 age category in Los Angeles, USA in 2006. She was the winner of the prestigious Festival of Dance in Cervia, Italy; the Imperial Dance Championship; and Universal Dance Competition in London, England. She has been a pro teacher on Dancing With The Stars in Italy for five seasons and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. She brings the highest level of ballroom experience to the Space Coast. Ekaterina is also the Coordinator of Operations of WDA. 

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Nadezhda Rudovich

 

Intermediate & Advanced Ballroom, Social Ballroom, Wedding Dance Choreographer.

Professional Ballroom & Latin Dancer, Master of Sports of Republic of Belarus in ballroom & latin dancing since 2006!

Nadezhda is finalist and prize winner of numerous national and international ballroom dance competitions (Latin and Standard) in Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Austria in 1998-2008.

She is the Finalist of the National Championship of Belarus (Latin and Standard), Member of National Formation team of Belarus “Mara” (Latin and Standard), multiple finalist and prize winner of World and European Championships.

From 2007 to 2009 Dance instructor at ballroom dance studio “Step”, Minsk, Belarus (teaching kids of 4-17 years,Latina solo and couples )

From season 2019 Nadezhda is the ballroom teacher at WDA Melbourne.

WDA Viera Teacher since 2021.

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Jakki Kenney

Contemporary/ Jazz, all ages

Leaps & Turns class

 

She started dancing when she was three years old at Raskin Dance Studio where she regularly attended dance conventions, competitions, traveled during the summers to study in LA and NYC, and received the best training possible.

After graduating high school in 2005, she moved to New York City and entered the Professional Dance Program at Broadway Dance Center ran by Wes Veldink to continue her studies.

Jakki has danced for Aaron Carter, was in a movie with Tom Selleck, and has assisted a number of dance teachers at conventions including Jeff Amsden who teaches for Tremaine Dance Convention.  She currently travels and judges for Revolution Talent Competition.

After her time in NYC she has been teaching all styles of dance for the past sixteen years all over Central Florida.  Along with teaching, she is an established choreographer and has won many awards from all over the US.  She is not only an achieved choreographer but her students have gone on to successful careers.  She currently has a student in Ailey II and another in Julliard.  

She prides herself on creating a healthy and balanced environment in her classrooms along with the knowledge of discipline it takes to achieve the goals her students set for themselves.  Her craft is her art and her mantra is to lead the way while you enjoy the journey.

WDA Melbourne Teacher since 2019

WDA Viera Teacher since 2021

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Julija Kichigina

Ballet faculty WDA Viera

Julija is a graduate of Kyiv choreography college, she started her career at Lviv Opera and Ballet theatre in 2006 as a soloist dancer and continued dancing with this company until 2013. After, she was invited to become a Moscow Chamber Theatre of Contemporary Dance member. She performed there for one season. In 2015, Yuliya performed in the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” as a The Stage Entertainment company member.


Julija performed all main roles in such ballets as Carmen, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, La Bayadere and Sleeping beauty throughout her artistic career. She toured with professional ballet companies in New Zealand, Australia, China, Norway, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Austria and the United States of America.

 

Julija has an extensive background as a ballet master with a Master's Degree, running classes and workshops in ballet academies worldwide.

WDA welcomed Julija  in April 2022 as the head ballet  teacher at WDA Viera. 

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