Summer Intensive Program Faculty

Natalya Nikolaevna Getman, Artistic Director

Natalya Nikolaevna Getman was born in Russia, and forms a part of the Vaganova lineage through her teacher, Musaeva, National Artist of the Soviet Union and former student of Balikova, an early student of Agrippina Vaganova.

Getman studied at the Vaganova Academy under Kovaleva, and went on to graduate with honors from the Uzbek Choreographic School. During her professional career she danced soloist and principal roles at the Turkmenistan State Theater of Ballet and Opera, including Zarema (Fountain of Bakhchisarai), Lady (Lady and a Hooligan), Queen of Dream (Don Quixote), and Mirta (Giselle). Later, in 1995, Ms. Getman joined The Moscow Ballet and worked with such famous masters of ballet as Ludmila Semenyaka, Mikhail Lavrosky, Anatoly Golovan (Bolshoi Theater) and Galina Shylapina (Perm Theater). Again, she was a soloist in such repertoires as The Swan Lake, Paquita, Nutcracker, and The Golden Key. After touring extensively in countries including Turkey, Spain, Israel, and China, Ms. Getman came to the United States of America with the Moscow Ballet and chose to make it her home. Inspired by a deep respect for American culture, she embarked on a new mission to combine the best of that culture with the beauty and logic of Russian classical ballet to a new generation of students. 


Elena Petrichenko and Sergey Chumakov

Elena Petrichenko and Sergey Chumakov are both graduates of the State Academic Choreography Institute in Perm, Russia, where they majored in the Classical Choreography section.  Their early work included the Moscow State Ballet Company at Bolshoi Theatre, the Classic and Modern Choreography Theatre in Moscow, the Russian Classical Ballet Theatre, the Classical and Modern Choreography Theatre, and the Russian Ballet of the 21st Century. 

Petrichenko and Chumakov have been principal dancers with the Crown of Russia Ballet since 2001.  Their repertoire includes leading roles in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita  and The Nutcracker

In addition, they are principal dancers with the Magdeburg Opera and Ballet Theatre in Germany and with the Russian Theatre in Berlin.  Petrichenko and Chumakov have traveled and worked in multiple countries including the United States, Argentina, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Malta, Mexico, Norway, Qatar and Spain. Click here for videos of Petrichenko and Chumakov.

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Natalya Gettman, BBT Artistic Director

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Gettman with Chumakov and Petrichenko