Join us for the Yellowstone International Arts Festival

Summer 2019

August 5th - 11th

Classes are concluded

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Special thank you to Chico Hot Springs
for the donation of the space for our classes

Join us this Summer for an unforgettable week of world class training amongst the stunning beauty of Montana! "Ballet Treasures from the Treasure State" as featured in the Washington Post! Siblings Maria Sascha Khan, Nadia Khan, Julian MacKay, Nicholas MacKay come together to offer this Master Class workshop, in co-operation with Youth Arts in Action & Gaynor Minden of NYC. 

  • Maria Sascha Khan ~ International Guest Artist, former Principal of the Ekaterinburg State Ballet, Russia ~ Staatsballett Berlin ~ Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich, Germany
  • Nadia Khan ~ Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Italy ~ Compania Nacional de Danza, Madrid, Spain ~ Leipziger Ballett, Germany ~ Bayerisches Staatsballett 
  • Julian MacKay ~ First Soloist Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia ~ The Royal Ballet, London ~ First American full Russian diploma graduate ~ Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow ~ GITIS Masters degree 2019, Moscow ~ choreographed Little Humpback Horse ballet, Warrior of Light ballet excerpt
  • Nicholas MacKay ~ trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Vagonova Ballet Academy, Russia ~ performed with Mikhailovsky Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre & Bolshoi Theatre, Russia ~ choreographed Warrior of Light ballet excerpt ~ Photographer Project Polunin, Victoria’s Secret, Dance Open,, Grishko

Classes include: Classical technique, Pas de Deux, Stretch/Conditioning, Variations, Russian character

Registration fee: $75 due May 4, 2019
Program Fee balance: $800 due May 30, 2019
Talent and financial-based scholarships available. Limited number of Full scholarships for boys available

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Maria Sascha Khan

Maria Sascha Khan trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet under Luidmila Morkovina and at the Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace, Monaco, Monte Carlo, under the personal mentorship of its Russian directress Marika Besobrasova. In her graduate year, Maria Sascha joined the Staatsballett Berlin at the invitation of Vladimir Malakov, ranked one of the top five companies in the world. Dancing a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire, she went on to dance with the Bayerisches Staatsballett, English National Ballet and as a Principal Dancer with the Ekaterinburg State Ballet, Russia. Currently based in London as an international guest artist, she is developing a new full-length ballet Warrior of Light based on the life of Russian painter and philosopher Nicholas Roerich, featuring herself and her three siblings.

Vice President of the International Dance Council, UNESCO, London, Maria Sascha has adjudicated as a jury member for international ballet competitions, is a Mentor for non-profit arts organisation Youth Arts in Action, a featured Gaynor Minden Artist, Ambassador for London-based Save Wild Tigers, and dancer for Project Polunin.

Her resumé includes commercials for Honda Acura and Löwve, a cover feature for Malaysia Tatler, Elle magazine, a feature for HotBook Mexico, an eight-page Singapore Tatler feature and a Washington Post feature. She is an accomplished public speaker and produces an online video series "Inspiring Artists".

Nadia Khan

Nadia Khan was trained by Prima Ballerina Assoluta Eva Evdokimova and Angelina Armeiskaya of the Mariinsky Theatre (star of movie "Children of Theatre Street") and Bolshoi Theatre Soloist ,Masha Mukhamedov.

Nadia has been featured on the cover of Malaysia Tatler and Dance Informa as a "Dance Sensation" and recently in a Singapore Tatler eight-page spread. She has been featured along with her dancing family in the Washington Post.

Starting her career with the Bayerisches Staatsballett, she went on to dance with the Leipziger Ballett, Compañía Nacional de Danza and, under the direction of Paris Opera etoile, Eleonora Abbagnato with the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera Ballet) where she is their only non-Italian ballerina. Nadia's repertoire highlights include Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, William Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Roland Petit's La Chauve-Souris, Alexander Ekhman's Cactus and Cranko's Taming of the Shrew.

Julian MacKay

Julian MacKay is the first American to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy with a full Russian Diploma having completed both the upper and lower school. He received medals in five consecutive international ballet competitions including gold medals at the Istanbul and Beijing International Ballet Competitions, and YAGP. Graduating in the top of his class, he was hailed as "Apollo" and the next Nureyev by Russian dance critics.

Age 17, Julian joined The Royal Ballet in London as their 2016 Prix de Lausanne prize winner and nine months later, upon invitation from Mikhail Messerer, joined The Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg as a Second Soloist. At 19 years old, he was promoted to a First Soloist and dances the principal leading roles in the theatre.

He is represented by IMG Talent Worldwide. Named the 2017 "Discovery of the Year" by Sobaka Magazine, Russia and top "Most Beautiful People" by Paper Magazine NYC, his features also include a cover feature in BLVD Magazine, Teen Vogue, Mary McCartney for L'Uomo Vogue, L'Official Ukraine, Boys by Girls, id Magazine, chosen from 200,000 people by Kendall Jenner to be shot by her and featured in LOVE Magazine London, a 10-page feature InStyle Russia Celebrity Issue, an 8-page feature Esquire China, features for Sobaka Magazine and an 8-page feature in Numero China. He was featured at London Fashion Week with his performance for New York Fashion Week named by Vogue Magazine as a top 10 Fashion Week moment worldwide. Trending number one in China, he has just returned from performing at the Russell James and Victoria's Secret show in Shanghai and has been signed as a Grishko World Ambassador, along with completing his Masters degree at GITIS (Russian University of Theatre Arts), Moscow. He also choreographed the ballet Little Humpback Horse and Warrior of Light ballet excerpt.

Nicholas MacKay

Nicholas MacKay trained at both the prestigious Vaganova and the Bolshoi Ballet Academies. He is the youngest American to ever attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. While still a student, he has performed with the Mariinsky, Bolshoi and Mikhailovsky Ballet Companies, toured Brussels and Berlin as a professional dancer in The Nutcracker, and in the original cast of the Bolshoi Ballet world premiere of Moidodyr.

A talented photographer, he has gained recent accolades with his work for Project Polunin, the Russell James and Victoria's Secret show, Dance Open Festival, Vladimir Vassiliev, the Vaganova Ballet Academy, Sobaka Magazine and Grishko. He also choreographed Warrior of Light ballet excerpt.

Nicholas has trained and lived in Russia since the age of nine, and along with his brother Julian, is fluent in the Russian language. His main inspiration is his French bulldog Leo who is affectionately known in St. Petersburg as "Theatre Dog".

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Master Class Series fees are non-refundable no exceptions
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