Summer Ballet Intensive Program Faculty

Yukari Thiesen: Artistic Director

Former soloist Matsuyama Ballet, Tokyo, Japan: Director Valley Performing Arts Council: Artistic Director Fresno Ballet Theatre. She has been the Producer of “the Nutcracker” with the Sacramento Ballet and also with Russian Festival Ballet, “Snow White & Seven Dwarfs” “Cinderella” “The Jungle Book”, “The Secret Garden”, “Beauty & the Beast”, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Don Quixote”, with State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. She is the director/choreographer for outreach productions of “The Little Match Girl”, “Snow Queen”, ”The Red  Shoes”, “Cinderella”, “From the Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake Act III” and other ballets for over 153,000 grade school students from 23 school districts. She is an artist in residence with four school districts and oversees ballet programs for three school districts. She was the receipient of the Fresno County Office of Education Artist in Residence grant in 2013. In September 2017 she was awarded the Outstanding Educator in Arts for 2017 by the FOUNDATION @ Fresno County Office of Education.

Kenneth Balint  California State University Fresno Theater Dance Department Professor: Professional ballet dancing career with notable ballet companies before joining the faculty of CSU.

Sergei Domrachev  was born in Russia and graduated from the Perm Ballet Academy. He was a bronze medalist in the Vaganova Competition and the International Arabesque Competition in 1992, also earning the Audience Favorite Award. He has danced professionally as a Soloist with both Moscow Classical Ballet and Los Angeles Classical Ballet. He joined SSB in 1997, and throughout his 20-year tenure has performed Principal and Character roles to critical and popular acclaim.

Adonis Daukaev – Received a BA Degree from the world renown ballet institute, Vaganova Academy St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a former principal dancer at the Lvov Opera, Ukraine and guest principal dancer at the Opera of Gdansk, Poland. He was a Currently he is a ballet instructor and a  choreographer at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, Canada.

James Folsom- from San Marino, California, started his dance training at Pasadena Civic Ballet, and at age 15 he accepted a scholarship to study at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C.  He graduated from the Kirov Academy in May 2014 and spent a season with Ballet Austin as a Butler Fellow from 2014 to 2015.  He danced with Dayton Ballet from 2015 to 2017 where he performed roles such as Benvolio in Septime Webre’s Romeo and Juliet and the Lead Male in Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines. James joined State Street Ballet in 2017.

Sergei Perkovskii – Honor graduate of Kiev Ballet School, Ukraine: Former member of The Kiev Ballet, former principal dancer with Ballet Arizona and faculty of the School of Ballet Arizona.

Anton Romanov – Northwest Studio Ballet Master – Trained and graduated from the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow:  Former principal & soloist with the Kremlin Ballet Theater, Moscow / Ballet Municipal of Lima, Peru / Ballet Municipal of Rio De Janeiro / National Ballet of Paraguay / Bayerische Staatsballet in Munchen Germany. Recipient of the Bronze Medal at the professional ballet dancers’ competition in Bento de Danza, Brazil, the Gold Medal at Interdanza and participated in the Paris International Ballet Competition in Paris, France.

Joy Thiesen Alumni Northwest Studio for Ballet: Formerly with Ballet Arizona under the direction of Ib Andersen (former principal dancer with Royal Danish Ballet and New York City Ballet.) Her ballet teachers include Marat Daukayev – Former Artistic Director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Meelis Pakri – former Ballet Master of Colorado Ballet and faculty member of the Royal Ballet School in London, and Kee Juan Han- former Director of the School of Ballet Arizona, currently the Director of School of Washington Ballet. She is an honor graduate from UC Davis with a BA Degree and from St. Mary’s University with a MFA. She is a lecturer with CFU Fresno, Fresno City College and Clovis Community College.

Other Summer Ballet Program Faculty


Yulia Gamboni a native Ukrainian from Odessa, Ukraine. She was trained in classical Russian Vaganova Ballet method in Odessa Ukraine. In 1993 she received a bronze medal and Title of Laureate at the Moscow International Ballet Competition of “Ballet Russ”.

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