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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. 

Anna Karpova

Graduated from Vaganova Academy of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ms. Karpova began her career as a performing artist under direction and training of the world famous Russian Ballerina Alla Osipenko.

Anna started to perform in 1990 with Leningrad Jacobson Dance Company in all the leading roles in the repertoire of the world-renowned choreographer Leonid Jacobson.

Ms. Karpova joined the Kirov Ballet (Mariinski Opera and Ballet Theatre) in 1992. She has danced in almost all of the ballets from the traditional classical repertoire.
During her intensive performing career Anna had a unique opportunity to work with such famous Ballet Masters and Choreographers as Irina Jacobson, Oleg Vinogradov, Dmitri Briantsev and Igor Belsky. She toured with the Kirov Ballet throughout Europe and North and South America. In 1996 Anna Karpova was invited to perform with Guangzhou Ballet, the second largest ballet company in China.

In 1998 she continued her dance career with Ballet Jorgen, Canada.

Anna has been a guest teacher at many dance schools in Canada and the United States, including the Canadian Dance Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Art Ballet Theatre of Florida and Bossov Ballet Theatre in Maine.

Vladimir Kuzkin

Vladimir Kuzkin was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Vladimir was chosen to attend a pre-professional performing arts school, where he studied choreography, music, ballet and character dance for two years.
He was then selected to attend a professional ballet academy, where he studied dance for eight years. Upon graduating, Vladimir joined the 
Russian Ballet Twenty-First Century company in Moscow, Russia, where he performed both in the corps de ballet, and as a soloist. Over the course of the next decade, Vladimir was invited to perform with numerous professional ballet companies in Russia, some of which toured in the United States. He's been part of BBT's Summer Faculty for the last 5 years.

Guillermo Franco,
Acting, Movement Analysis and Physical Improvisation Instructor

Mexican actor, creator, and dancer, Guillermo Franco graduated from the International School of Theater Creation and Movement CABUIA in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

His first contact with the stage world happened through musical theater, where he was attracted to the possibility of training in dance, acting, and singing, simultaneously. He completed his training at the Artestudio Performing Arts Center in Mexico City, where he developed a strong attraction to classical dance.

Starting in 2016, Guillermo began to collaborate as a dancer and actor with Bossov Ballet Theatre in productions such as Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. He participated as Stage Manager in BBT's most recent productions of The Nutcracker, at the Waterville Opera House and as Physical Theater Instructor in the last three BBT's Summer Intensives. He recently joined BBT as Managing Associate.  

His strong interest in personal and spiritual growth has led him to dig into Depth and Transpersonal Psychology for more than 13 years, which echoes his interest in the psychophysical, interpersonal and spiritual implications of the process of theatrical personification, voice work, and movement.

His classes are an invitation to explore new ways of self-awareness and expression through movement, to develop the imaginative and creative potentials that reside within each of us.


bbt artistic director natalya getman

Natalya Gettman, BBT Artistic Director