Th Who's Who of the IYBC

Gediminas Taranda - Artistic Director

Gediminas Taranda

Gediminas Taranda was a principal dancer in the Bolshoi Ballet during the Soviet era and today is the artistic director and co-founder of the Imperial Russian Ballet. 

Edouard Miasnikov - Director Productions

Edouard Miasnikov, former member of the Russian Bolshoi Theatre's Symphony Orchestra, founded his own private artistic agency in 1992 to widen the cultural exchange between Russia and South Africa.

Slou Saparovna Akimguereeva - Ballet Mistress

At the age of 9 she was accepted into the Almaty Ballet School where she trained for 8 years. She studied under renowned classical teachers such as Lydia Rafailova from Moscow and Tamara Kosova from St Petersburg and in 1981 she graduated from the school with honors obtaining the qualification of Ballet Dancer.

She then decided to pursue a career in teaching and was accepted into the Moscow GITIS (now Russian Academy of Arts) and as an 18 year old she was the youngest student. During her time a GITIS she danced in many productions and in 1986 Slou obtained the Master of Ballet and Choreographer Diploma from GITIS, sanctioned by the State Qualification Board. 

Board of Directors

Lizette Rau (Chair Person)

Salome de Jager (Finance)

Vangi Pantazis

Lelani L Kershaw

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