Kirov Academy of Ballet

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Kirov Academy of Ballet
4301 Harewood Rd NE, Washington, D.C.
United States of America
Coordinates 38°56′28″N 77°00′12″W / 38.941°N 77.0032°W / 38.941; -77.0032Coordinates: 38°56′28″N 77°00′12″W / 38.941°N 77.0032°W / 38.941; -77.0032
Type Ballet school
Established 1989 (1989)
Opened 1990
Grades 6th through 12th
Campus size 1.2 acres

The Kirov Academy of Ballet (formerly the Universal Ballet Academy[1]) is a ballet school in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1989.[2]


The Kirov is located on a 1.2 acre campus in northeast Washington, D.C., near The Catholic University of America. The 50,000 square foot gated facility features dormitories, four rehearsal studios and a flexible multipurpose space, 300-seat theatre, classrooms, computer lab, full kitchen and cafeteria, dance library, recreation room, exercise room and locker rooms with hot tubs.[citation needed]

Performance series[edit]

The Kirov’s spring and winter performance series are held in the academy’s 300-seat auditorium. Annually, the six performances serve more 1,800 people, including student performers, family members, children (including from underserved populations), and ballet aficionados of all ages.

Notable graduates[edit]

The Kirov’s most notable accomplishment is its ongoing ability to train ballet dancers, who have gone on to perform with such professional companies as American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet, to name a few.[citation needed]

Graduates of The Kirov Academy of Ballet include Sascha Radetsky, Rasta Thomas, Hee Seo, Michele Wiles, Danny Tidwell, Tyler Nelson, and Maria Bystrova.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Kim, James S. (11 March 2015). "South Korean Ballerina Hee Seo Dazzles in 'The Sleeping Beauty'". KoreAm. Seoul, South Korea. Archived from the original on 12 November 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "History and Mission". Kirov Academy of Ballet. Retrieved 18 June 2017.