We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Tyukova and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maria, what is the most important factor behind your success?
When opening our own ballet school, my husband, Alexei Tyukov, and I wanted to give the Denver dance community the best professional training available. We have both had extensive professional ballet careers, so we understand the hard work, passion, and investment that it takes to make this dream a reality. When Alexei retired from Colorado Ballet, we knew it was the right time to create a training program that cultivates well-rounded, technically proficient dancers. Our ballet teachers are all Vaganova trained, therefore we have a set curriculum that dancers advance through. All our faculty have been or are professionals and bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to the program to provide the most current and diverse teaching available. We have three programs: Conservatory Division, Pre-Professional Division, and Youth Division. Each program meets the needs of the dancer’s investment level and properly prepares our dancers for whatever career path they choose with dance. Our dancers have multiple performance opportunities throughout the year, which includes the full length Nutcracker, additional ballet repertoire, character and historical rep, as well as custom works choreographed for our dancers. Upon winning the Best Teacher Award and the Best School Award at the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix international ballet competition after only four years of being in business, I would say we are doing something right!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Our dancers have been accepted into the most prestigious training programs and collegiate conservatories around the world and in the county (ie. The Bolshoi, Vaganova School, American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, Juilliard, Lines BFA Program, to name a few). Our students have also received the top awards at ballet competitions. We pride ourselves is prioritizing training over tricks and that shows in the quality of our dancers.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would recommend anyone visiting to catch a show of Colorado Ballet at The Ellie Caulkins Theatre and then grab dinner at Rioja!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to thank our faculty for the love and dedication they pour into our school and our students. We pride ourselves on being a family, and with the community that we have at Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy, it feels like home.