Artur Babajanyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He received his training at the Armenian National Ballet School of Yerevan from 1996-2003 and at the Tanz Academy of Zurich under the direction of Ricardo Duze. He became a member of the Junior Ballet Zurich in 2004. After two years, he became a member of the main company under director Heinz Spoerli. In 2008, he was promoted to Demi Soloist. In 2012, he joined Aalto Ballett Theater Essen (Germany) as a Soloist. After leaving Germany in 2014, he joined the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. In 2017 he received his certification as a teacher in the ABT curriculum.
Pre-Ballet & Adult Instructor
Tanya Doporcyk studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where she received training in classical ballet technique. She started her dance teaching career at the School of Music and Dance in Hanover. While she was there, she taught ballet and tap to all ages. Following that, she opened her own school in Carlisle where she taught children and adults of all ages ballet and tap. She specialized in teaching good technique in a friendly atmosphere. She eventually went back to CPYB and taught for 14 years. During that time, she taught ballet and tap to all ages as well as to Dickinson College students and adults.
After graduating from the Hamburg Ballet in 2006, Marissa Barragán danced with numerous ballet companies around the world. She most recently danced with the Compañía Nacional de Danza de Mexico. Other companies she’s performed with include Ballet de Jalisco, Staatsballett Berlin and the Hamburg Ballet. During her career, she also participated in numerous competitions. Some of those include the 2002 Praha Gold Medal, 2002 Lyon France Grand Prix and the 2005 Prix de Lausanne where she was a semi finalist