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Boys'/men's vaganova ballet program students performing Don Quixote
Boys ballet students at the barre in technique class


Pre-Professioal Divson (Boys)

Director Nikolai Kabaniaev has a proven track record of developing young male students into professional dancers. Under his direction, our Boys'/Men's Program has a 95% professional alumni rate. Students of the program have won numerous awards, scholarship offers, and praise by company directors and audience members alike.


Nikolai graduated from the famed Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and went on to dance with the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet where he worked with some of the world's finest teachers, directors, and choreographers. He is dedicated to passing on his vast knowledge and expertise in classical ballet to each of his students.


A strong boys'/men's program is imperative for all aspiring young dancers, regardless of gender. It allows for male students to have specialized training, while also providing partnering experience for all. Nikolai's training is known to be challenging, detailed, and powerful. It demands talent, discipline, and unwavering commitment, but the rewards are immeasurable. 

Male dancer wins ballet competition award
Ballet mentor backstage with student
Ashley Wheater with CBSF male ballet students

Award-winning Training

Although our students and faculty consistently win top prizes at competitions, the real test and our priority is to place students into professional companies. Our male alumni are dancing professionally at Joffrey Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet Theatre, and more.


Let's face it - developing into a young adult can be difficult, especially when pursuing a professional career at such a young age. That is why honest professional guidance is crucial for success. Our staff works closely with each student to give them an understanding and plan for what it takes to achieve their goals. 

Professional Connections

In addition to our full-time faculty, our students take Master Classes with other top industry professionals throughout the year. Previous guest teachers include Yuri Possokhov (World-Renowned Choreographer) and Ashley Wheater (Joffrey Ballet - Artistic Director),

Master Ballet Teacher with young ballet student


Our Boys'/Men's Program is divided into two divisions: 


Students are at the beginning stages of their training. This introductory division focuses on setting a solid foundation for vocabulary, basic technique, and artistry to effectively build upon thereafter.


Students are looking to pursue a professional career. The focus is refining technique, pushing the body to its limits, partnering, and translating the work in class onto a professional stage. 

Professional ballet school male students at the barre

Professional Division

Classes are 5-6 days a week:

  • Ballet Technique

  • Variations

  • Partnering

  • Conditioning

  • Contemporary

  • Character

  • Rehearsals

Young male ballet students at the barre

Junior Division

Classes are 3-4 days a week:

  • Ballet Technique

  • Stretch/Strengthening

  • Musical Theatre/Jazz

  • Rehearsals

Professional Division (Men)
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