Vadim Pijicov - founding artistic director
Mr. Vadim Pijicov is the ballet master at L’Etoile Ballet Academy, LLC. He received his education at the world famous and most prestigious Academy of Russian Ballet A. Vaganova in St. Petersburg, Russia. He completed full 8 years of professional Ballet Academy training with disciplines such as Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variation, Pas-de-Deux, Character Dance, Historical Court Dance, Music History, History, of Arts, History of Ballet, History of World Theater, History of Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek Theater, Ethics, Esthetics, Piano, Repertoire (includes participation at professional ballet performances at Mariinsky Ballet Theater). Mr. Pijicov had some of the most famous and world renown ballet teachers, such as, N. Serebrenyakov, I. Gensler, O. Sokolov. After graduating, he enjoyed a spectacular career as a Principal Ballet Dancer with the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova, where he danced all major Principal and Soloist roles. Mr. Pijicov has also worked as a Principal Dancer at the prestigious Liliana Cozi/Shtefanescu Ballet Company of Regio-Emilia, Italy, and as a soloist with Ballet Internationale of Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Pijicov was awarded the Best Partner Award at the International Ballet Competition, Oleg Danovsky, Constanza, Romania. Mr. Pijicov began his teaching career at Ballet Academy of Republic of Moldova and he has further expanded his pedagogic career by teaching at various schools around the United States, such as the Baltimore School For The Arts and The Kirov Academy of Ballet. His career as a professional ballet dancer was concluded in 2004 and since then, his focus has been entirely dedicated to pedagogy. He is also a Judge for the World Ballet Arts Competition Grand Prix, Canada and a founder of The Washington DC Grand Prix.