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Faculty



hasmikHasmik Amirian-Bennet was accepted into the Armenian Ballet at the age of 7 and trained by Anaida Ter-Gabrielian, Feya Balabina, Ludimilla Sacharova, and Maxim Marturosian. At 18 joined the Armenian National Opera Ballet Theatre, working with Irina Yshakova and Elena Araratova and promoted to Soloist. She toured Europe and the U.S. dancing principal roles in Spartacus, Gayane, Snow White, Shopeniana, Don Quixote, and Masquerade. Hasmik then joined the Los Angeles Classical Ballet as a soloist, as well as performing for the Kalinin Dance Company, Marla Bingham Contemporary Ballet, and the Nima Kiann Ballet company. Hasmik is married with one son and in 2007 she was appointed Assistant Director of the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet.
stellaStella Gardiner began ballet training under Donald Journeaux, a British dancer and choreographer who studied with Russian dancers from the Imperial school. She performed lead and soloist roles in original ballets created by Mr. Journeaux (Alice in Alice in Wonderland; Princess of UnderSea in Sous les Vagues). She also studied under Mia Slavenska, Alexandra Denisova, Tatiana Riabouchinska and Marat Daukayev. Stella performed lead and soloist roles in local productions of La Vivandière, Paquita, Chopiniana and Cinderella. The role of Suzuki in the premiere production of Madame Butterfly: The Ballet by Paul Rizos was created for her. Stella has choreographed and performed for Los Angeles’s Bel Canto Opera.
edgarHai Cohen was born in Beer-Sheva Israel and trained at Bat Dor dance school where he was awarded the American-Israel Cultural Scholarship. Hai completed his training as an apprentice with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. For five years Hai toured internationally as a soloist with Aylot Anegov Israeli Folk Dance Company. He was a member of Kamea Contemporary Dance Company and joined Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Rami Be-er in 2007. Hai has toured internationally with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and currently teaches Kibbutz repertory throughout the world. He joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2010 and is a faculty member at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Hai is very excited to bring his training in contemporary dance to the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet as a new member of their faculty.
alisonAlison Hickey was introduced to Classical Ballet in Chile at age 6 at the Virginia Bezanilla Dance School. Her passion for dance expanded into a variety of dance techniques, such as Afro- Brazilian, Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary dance. She attended the Izidor Hundler Conservatory in Chile and also the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. At age 18 she began training in Occupational Therapy School to work with children with special needs. Her education in childhood development has given her the tools to create and implement dance programs that allow children to engage in dance of all kinds.
wendiWendy Quinn grew up in Oklahoma and has been dancing since the age of 4 and has trained with many top teachers. She won the title of Miss Dance Oklahoma and received full scholarships to San Francisco Ballet, Dallas-Irving Ballet, Ballet West among others. She has performed across the U.S. and in 1986 received a scholarship to study with Joe Tremaine and moved to Los Angeles. Wendy discovered Pilates in 2000, got trained and certified and has many clients including Olynpic Gold Medalists, celebrities, and dancers. She joined the faculty at MDSB in 2010.
arpiArpi Azlvyan was a dancer in the Armenian National Theatre of Ballet and Opera for ten years and graduated from the School of Choreography in Armenia. She has more than fifteen years of experience as a ballet dancer and has performed in many ballets such as Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Bayadere, Paquita, Gayane, Les Sylphydes, Le Corsaire among many others. She has been a dance instructor and choreographer since 1993 teaching ballet to children and adults in all aspects of dance, preparation and performance. She has a comprehensive knowledge of all forms of dance and loves to teach young children.
alisonAndrea Schermoly (Andi) was born in South Africa where she attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. She was trained in the Vaganova technique. She also studied RAD, Contemporary, Flamenco and African. During this time Andi also competed around the world as a member of The South African Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics team. She received a full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School, London, where she completed her dance education. While in school she danced with Rambert Dance Company. After graduation she joined Boston Ballet. Later she was invited to join Netherlands Dance Theatre and began at NDT2. After three years, she was offered a contract with NDT1. Andi enjoyed years of professional performance and touring with Netherlands Dance Thetre. She had the extraordinary experience of performing existing repertoire as well as new creations by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon, Ohad Naharin and many other great contemporary choreographers.
Andi has choreographed professionally for The South African Ballet Theatre, Mzansi Dance Company, NDT Workshops, Quixotic Fusion Company and Boston Ballet 2 as well as many solos for students attending dance competitions through the US and Europe. She is very excited to work with the students of Marat Daukayev School of Ballet.