Our dance program has been created to develop in each child an understanding and appreciation for classical ballet, music and culture. Their growth as dancers will enhance their innate abilities; build confidence, character, and poise. Students learn self-discipline, respect for others and the importance of teamwork. Moreover, they learn the joy of music and dance in a nurturing and creative environment.
The Kozlov’s bring their professional knowledge and experiences
to Aruba inspiring children of all ages to excel in and appreciate the world of dance.
Director & Dance Instructor
In 1979 Leonid Kozlov, principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow, made his leap to artistic freedom in the West and has dedicated the last 45 years to the arts, youth and quality dance education. Since his defection, he was principal dancer with The New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine, dancing in over 30 ballets, choreographed productions for the National Ballet of Chile, Australian Ballet, and New Jersey Ballet, and starred as the lead in the Broadway revival and national tour of Roger’s & Hart’s “On Your Toes.” Mr. Kozlov has organized touring companies to Russia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and through out the United States. In 1991, Mr. Kozlov founded Kozlov Dance International, a non-profit organization based in the USA, which he operated with his wife and prima ballerina, Adriana. The Kozlov’s bring their professional knowledge and experiences to Aruba inspiring children of all ages to excel in and appreciate the world of dance.
Manager & Dance Instructor
Adriana Kozlov has studied ballet under the guidance of Leonid Kozlov. She has been trained in classical ballet, jazz, acting, and folk dance. Ms. Kozlov has also been trained in ballet, modern, tap, and dance composition at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Ms. Kozlov’s repertoire includes lead roles in The Nutcracker, The Firebird, Swan Lake, Act II, Giselle, Act II, Paquita, Don Quixote, Chopiniana, La Vivandiere, Pas de Quatre, and several original works created on her by Mr. Kozlov. Ms. Kozlov has performed in several gala performances with principals dancers from leading dance companies including, The Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Moiseyev Dance Company, the Belorussian Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.Since 1999, Ms. Kozlov has been an instructor and rehearsal director with Kozlov Dance Academy.