Karina Hagemeyer, resident teacher / choreographer
Karina grew up in Irvine, California, where she started her dance training at age four. She attended the University of Utah, graduating with a BFA in Ballet Performance.
Karina has danced with world renowned companies such as Ballet West, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and currently dances with Sacramento Ballet.
Mate Szentes - Guest Artist / Artistic Adviser
Endre Schumicky - Guest Artist
Mate has trained at, and graduated from the prestigious Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest Hungary, upon graduation Mate has joined the Hungarian National Ballet. After spending three seasons with the company Mate continued his career at Sacramento Ballet, during his time in California he appeared as guest artist in various productions including our Hungarian Connection Galas. Mate is now principal dancer at Richmond Ballet in Virginia while he continues to keep ties with Bellissima European Dance Academy as guest artist, and artistic adviser.
Tori was a scholarship student at Maryland Ballet School and later was one of ten female students choose to study year round with a full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School. She danced with Maryland Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Oakland Ballet, and Anglo-American Ballet. She was member is Compagnia Nacional de Danza (National Ballet) in Mexico. The international company of dancers performed most of the big classics at the company home of Belles Artes and on tour throughout the country. She was honored to have performed for the President in a special full-length version of Swan Lake set on a floating platform on Chapultepec Lake. She also loved working with Val Caniparoli at Berkeley Ballet Theatre, but her favorite role is that of mother to the ever-inspiring XiaoXiao.
Vanina Wilson - Artistic Adviser, author of the book "The French School of Classical Ballet"
Please visit her blog, TUTU-MANIA, and find her book on Amazon!
F A C U L T Y
Bellissima European Dance Academy boasts a faculty who are professional performers themselves and/or have a degree/diploma of dance and ballet. In addition, we encourage our advanced students who do have an interest in teaching or choreographing to further develop their skills. They are given the opportunity to work alongside the master teachers as aides and eventually are given their own classes to teach, if appropriate.
Tori Lee / Resident Instructor / Choreographer
Alexey Kulpin, Guest Artist
Alexandra Lengyel, Owner / Artistic Director
Alexandra started her dance education at the prestigious Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest. She later moved back to the U.S. and continued her training at Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut, from which she graduated. At Nutmeg, Alexandra studied under Eleanor D' Antuono, legendary prima ballerina of American Ballet Theatre and partner of Rudolf Nureyev. Alexandra was also coached by Viktoria Mazzarelli, Scott Thyberg, Alexi Tchernichov, among other wonderful teachers.
Later, at the New England Ballet Conservatory, Alexandra became assistant to the artistic director Vanina Wilson, author of the major educational manual "The French School of Classical Ballet". Alexandra then continued her career in California as associate artistic director/soloist at Black Diamond Ballet, and Parthenon Classical Arts Center.
As artistic director of Bellissima European Dance Academy and of Le Petit Pas Ballet Company, Alexandra is committed to bring exceptional quality into ballet and dance education while staging professional productions.
Alexey has received his diploma from University of Culture, and Art in St. Petersburg Russia. In 1998 Alexey was Grand Prix winner of Muse of St. Petersburg Ballet Competition. He quickly became well known internationally while working with Israel Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Grand Rapids Ballet as well as Charleston Ballet as principal, dancer, and choreographer. Alexey is now one of the most sought after ballet masters, while he continues to dance, and tour in U.S, and overseas.