Ballet Master, Choreographer, Artistic Director
Currently Ballet Master, Choreographer & Artistic Director of his own school Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet and of the professional company Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. He began his ballet studies at the Choreographic School of Voronezh, obtaining the degree of “Ballet Artist” in 1973. After working as a ballet dancer for several years at the Opera House of Ufa and the Opera House of Odessa, he was admitted at the State Institute of Arts Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. in Moscow where graduated in 1986 as Ballet Master and Master Choreographer with the highest grades and honors of the Institution. In 1987 he moved to Venezuela where worked with Choreographer Vicente Nebrada at the Ballet Nacional de Caracas- Teresa Carreño.
He relocated to Miami in 1997. Since then he has worked with the most prestigious ballet schools and companies in South Florida such as Miami City Ballet School for five years, Magda Aunon School of Ballet, Orlando Ballet, among others and several international companies, International Ballet competitions and a guest teacher for the most important ballet schools around the world such as the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersburg, Russia; The National Ballet School of Beijing, The National Ballet School in Lima, Peru and the Korean Universal Ballet. As a Choreographer he has staged several ballets in Russia, United States, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Japan and Venezuela.
Vladimir Issaev was received numerous awards such as “Best Choreographer” in Palm Springs, California; Honorable Merit Diploma from the Terpsihora Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts of Dance of Saint Petersburg, Russia, in recognition for his outstanding performance enhancing the art of classical ballet on the Vaganova Style in the United States; Most influential teacher by the National Advancement for the Arts of the US and Best Educator in the Arts by the Florida Alliance of Arts Educators. Vladimir Issaev has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Classical Dance Alliance and the UNESCO International Dance Council. Also a recipient of Miami Life Awards 2015, Mr. Issaev continues to represent the United States of America in different International Festivals and Ballet Competitions where he is continuously invited as a juror and director.
Born in Havana, Cuba, began her training at the age 9 at the Alejo Carpentier Ballet School and continued at the National Ballet School of Cuba where she graduated with honors. Among her teachers are Fernando Alonso, Ramona de Saa, Loipa Araujo, Marta Iris Fernandez, Aurora Bosch and Victor Ullate.
In 1998 she became a member of National Ballet of Cuba where she danced several roles of the great classics. Her greatest passion was always teaching and immediately she was promoted as a faculty member of the National Ballet School of Cuba, teaching the entire curriculum of the school such as: Ballet technique, Pointe technique, Variations (males/females), and Pas de Deux, Character dance, Ballroom dance and Repertoire. During her tenure she contributed to the planning and organizational .
She contributed to the launch and organization of Guidance Vocational's Workshops as a Professor of Methodology. She graduated in 2006 with honors from the Higher Institute of Art of Cuba.
As a Ballet teacher she has had the pleasure of teaching and coaching students for Internationals competitions, as well as she has worked as the Repertoire teacher for many performances at various important theaters in Cuba and responsible for the several Annual Performance. She has great expertise as a lead repertoire teacher for the Vocational Workshop Arts Orientation and as a Jury for different examinations at the school for students who are pursuing their career as a ballet teacher.
She has been a guest teacher in other Ballet schools in Cuba and internationally in Mexico to later become Ballet Mistress of school The Ballet Art School in Belize and in 2014 she traveled to Milan- Italy to participate in the Closing Gala Event Dance Expo-Milano and to teach Master Classes in Chicago.
From 2010 to 2016 she assumes the leadership of the school Bhakti Victor Ullate in Spain becoming the Head of Studies of the school and personal assistant of Master Ullate, and also as Ballet Mistress of the Victor Ullate Ballet Company. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for staging different productions of the classical repertoire such as: Graduation Ball, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, Paquita, Corsaire, Arraign D’Araxa (choreography Victor Ullate), Don Quixote (choreography-Victor Ullate), Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, among others.
Ms. Giselle joined Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet as Ballet Mistress and Director of our school in 2016 where she teaches the groups of the Vaganova III and Vaganova IV-A of the professional division.