Anna Reznik is the founding Artistic Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and in a very short time she has brought a worldwide reputation to the Academy as one of the most innovative and fast-growing dance organizations. She began her career in Moscow at the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Degree of Ballet Artist) and the Bolshoi Institute of Choreography (Degree in Pedagogy). Ms. Reznik toured throughout the world as a Principal Artist with the Moscow Festival Ballet (later the Russian National Ballet), England’s Northern Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, BalletMet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre and Russian and European Stars of the Ballet.
Her performances have received rave reviews in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Dance Magazine and La Danse de Paris. Ms. Reznik has won numerous awards, including a Special Diaghilev Prize, Silver Medal at the 1996 Lifar International Ballet Competition as well as the top prizes at the 1996 Nureyev International Ballet Competition and the 1996 Maya International Ballet Competition. Ms. Reznik was featured nationwide in the PBS Holiday Specials Love is Here to Stay and A Family Thanksgiving. In 2002, Ms. Reznik was recognized as one of the most influential people in the arts in Cincinnati.
She has been praised for her extraordinary ability to work with today’s young generation of dancers. Her thorough knowledge of the most current teaching methods and styles has produced many dancers who have been accepted into some of the most prestigious dance companies worldwide including the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Dresden Semperoper, Staatsoper Berlin, The Joffrey Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and many others. In 2007 Ms. Reznik received the Outstanding Teacher Award at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). As Artistic Director, Ms. Reznik led the Joffrey Academy to become the Outstanding School at YAGP in 2010, 2012 and 2015. In 2013 Ms. Reznik received the Achievement Award in Culture from the Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI).
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