Faculty & Staff

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Undoubtedly, the Russian Vaganova System of ballet training stands out as the pinnacle of international ballet education. Yet, numerous schools boast of adopting this esteemed system without the essential credential: instructors who have undergone rigorous training in Russia’s foremost ballet academies. Our faculty, meticulously chosen and rigorously trained, comprises graduates from renowned Russian institutions, each equipped with teaching qualifications from these esteemed establishments, guaranteeing an authentic and unparalleled classical ballet education.

It is, of course, common knowledge that the Russian Vaganova System of training is the superior system of international ballet tuition. Unfortunately, because of this, there are many schools making this claim, however, without having teachers who have graduated through Russia’s top ballet Academies teaching, these claims are false. As can be seen from all of our classical teachers (listed below) they are trained in Russia and graduated as both professional dancers and also having teaching qualifications from these noble establishments.

Svetlana Smirnova RCA ballet faculty

Svetlana Smirnova


  • 1982

    Graduated from the Perm State Choreographic School (teacher L. P. Sakharova) and danced as Prima Ballerina at the Perm Theatre

  • 1983 - 1990

    Soloist of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre

  • 1987

    Awarded Honoured Artist of the RSFSR

  • Performed

    Prima Ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet and internationally.

Nina Osmanova


  • 2008

    Graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, St Petersburg, Russia, as a student of the great teacher Professor Ludmila Kovalova

  • 2008 - 2021

    Dancer at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

  • 2013

    Masters degree at the Vaganova Ballet Academy pedagogical faculty, ballet master / choreograph department.

  • Co-founder/artistic director

    'Desire' ballet school, St Petersburg, Russia

  • Since 2008

    Collaborated with artists such as Farukh Ruzimatov, Nacho Duato, Lar Lyubovich, Oleg Vinogradov and others.

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Alla Sabirova RCA ballet faculty

Alla Sabirova

Classical / Historical / Character

  • Bolshoi Ballet Academy

    Graduated from Bolshoi Ballet Academy and also graduated with teaching Diploma from this prestigious school

  • Moscow Academy of Choreography

  • Founder

    Sabirova Dance School, Hurghada, Egypt

Chimene Steel-Prior


  • Chimene graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance and also from the West Australian School of Dance with a Bachelor of Performing Arts.

  • 2011 - 2021

    Worked extensively with Opera Australia, touring throughout Australia and China, performing in creations by Graeme Murphy, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Kate Champion and Chen Shi-Zheng.

  • 2016

    Became one of only 28 Certified Counter Technique Teachers in the world

  • 2022

    performed in Project Animo’s inaugural season at the Melbourne Arts Centre, in works by Alice Topp, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Izzac Thomas and in solo work In Real Life by Kristina Chan.

  • 2023

    Chimene joins Australasian Dance Collective for their season of Lucie In the Sky

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Barbara Nimmo RCA faculty

Barbara Nimmo

Classical / Choreology

  • Accreditation

    Adv.Dip.in Choreology, Grad.Dip in Vis & Perf Arts, Cert in Workplace Training & Assessment

  • Trained at Scully-Borovansky school in Sydney

  • Australian Ballet School

  • Benesh Institute in London

    Completed Degree in Dance Notation

  • Australian Ballet

    Taught classical repertoire using Benesh Notation for 26 years.

  • Camberwell District Ballet

    Barbara has taught at Camberwell District Ballet since 1985

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