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The Founder

 
 

VALENTINA KOZLOVA

VALENTINA KOZLOVA IS KNOWN TO BE A MAJOR INNOVATOR IN THE INTERNATIONAL BALLET WORLD. HER PASSION FOR DANCE AND FOR THE CHOREOGRAPHERS AND DANCERS WHO CREATE AND PERFORM HAVE LED HER TO CREATE NEW OUTLETS FOR THEIR TALENTS. MS. KOZLOVA'S CURRENT ENDEAVORS ARE A CONSERVATORY WHICH TEACHES PURE CLASSICAL BALLET, A FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITIONS -ENDORSED BALLET COMPETITION VENUE, AND A DANCE FOUNDATION WHICH SPONSORS STATESIDE AND INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES. THESE ENDEAVORS AND HER PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS EARNED MS. KOZLOVA RECOGNITION BY THE ANDREW CARNEGIE FOUNDATION AS A 2018 GREAT IMMIGRANT/GREAT AMERICAN FOR HER DEDICATION TO DANCE. THIS AWARD WAS GIVEN TO A TOTAL OF 38 DISTINGUISHED IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TREMENDOUSLY TO THE ENRICHMENT OF AMERICAN CULTURE. THE NEW YORK TIMES PUBLISHED A FULL PAGE DEDICATED TO HER AND THE AWARDEES ON JULY 4, 2018.

ABOUT VALENTINA KOZLOVA'S CURRENT ENDEAVORS

MS. KOZLOVA BEGAN A BALLET CONSERVATORY IN 2003 IN NEW YORK CITY. BY 2018, IT HAD OUTGROWN ITS SPACE AND WAS RELOCATED TO CONNECTICUT TO AFFORD HER STUDENTS MUCH LARGER STUDIO SPACE WHILE STILL BEING CLOSE TO A TRAIN TO NYC. IT CURRENTLY TRAINS OVER 130 DANCERS AND IS CALLED VKDC THE STUDIO (WWW.VKDCNY.COM). 

MS. KOZLOVA SPONSORED HER FIRST INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION IN 2010. SINCE THEN, THE VALENTINA KOZLOVA INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION HAS AWARDED PRIZES WHICH HELP YOUNG DANCERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR PROFESSIONAL GOALS AND ASSIST THEM IN GETTING COMPANY CONTRACTS. TO DATE 56 COMPANY CONTRACTS AND 13 TRAINEE POSITIONS, OVER 240 SCHOLARSHIPS, 14 CHOREOGRAPHER COMMISSIONS AND AWARDS, AND NUMEROUS NANCIAL AND OTHER PRIZES HAVE BEEN BESTOWED ON COMPETITORS. IN 2017 VKIBC BECAME A MEMBER OF THE FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITIONS. VKIBC COMPETITIONS HAVE BEEN HELD IN EUROPE, NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA. THE COMPETITION IN 2020 WILL MARK THE 10TH YEAR OF THE COMPETITION AND ALSO THE 40TH YEAR OF MS. KOZLOVA'S DEFECTION TO THE UNITED STATES. (WWW.VKIBC.ORG) 

THE VALENTINA KOZLOVA DANCE FOUNDATION (VKDF) NOT ONLY HOSTS THE VALENTINA KOZLOVA INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION (VKIBC), BUT ALSO HAS SPONSORED MANY BALLET PERFORMANCES FOR HER SCHOOL, AND ALSO GALAS AROUND THE WORLD. IT ALSO HAS BROUGHT DANCERS AND COMPANIES TO THE UNITED STATES TO PERFORM. TO NAME A FEW ~ K'ARTS DANCE COMPANY FROM SOUTH KOREA, SEVERAL VKIBC SEMI FINALS IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, AND MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (WWW.VALENTINAKOZLOVADANCEFOUNDATION.ORG)

ABOUT VALENTINA KOZLOVA'S PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS

MS. KOZLOVA MADE HER BROADWAY DEBUT IN THE LEADING ROLE FOR THE REVIVAL OF "ON YOUR TOES", LEARNING THE PART FROM ITS ORIGINAL CREATORS: GEORGE ABBOTT AND GEORGE BALANCHINE. HER PERFORMANCE LED BALANCHINE TO INVITE HER AS PRINCIPAL DANCER WITH NEW YORK CITY BALLET IN 1983. SHE ACCEPTED AND PERFORMED WITH THE COMPANY UNTIL 1995, DANCING THE CLASSICS ALONG WITH THE LEADING ROLES OF WORKS BY BALANCHINE, JEROME ROBBINS, PETER MARTINS, ELIOT FELD AND RICHARD TANNER. FROM THE SUGGESTION OF BALANCHINE, SHE HAD ALSO WORKED CLOSELY WITH ALEXANDRA DANILOVA WHILE DANILOVA WAS A TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET, RESTAGING AND REHEARSING SWAN LAKE FOR THE SCHOOL. 

THE LIST OF MS. KOZLOVA'S GUEST APPEARANCES WITH MAJOR INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPANIES IS IMPRESSIVE, INCLUDING SPOLETO, LA SCALA, FLORENCE OPERA HOUSE, ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET, PARIS OPERA, BASEL BALLET, AUSTRALIA, BALLET DE SANTIAGO (CHILE), TEATRO COLON (BUENOS AIRES), AND HONG KONG. SHE ALSO APPEARED IN BALLET GALAS IN AFRICA, GREECE, ENGLAND, INDIA, ITALY, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, DON DES ETOILES IN CANADA, TAIWAN, KOREA AND JAPAN. HER PERFORMANCES ON VIDEO INCLUDE THE PAVLOVA SPECIAL (CBS), LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE (PHILIPS VIDEO, GERMANY), AND SPARTACUS (VEAR PRODUCTIONS, ARGENTINA). 

VALENTINA KOZLOVA HAS APPEARED ON TELEVISION, INCLUDING TALK SHOWS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMS AROUND THE WORLD. FOLLOWING GLASNOST, SHE MADE A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO MOSCOW IN 1991, WITH NBC NEWS COVERING HER PERFORMANCES AT THE KREMLIN PALACE. SHE RETURNED TO MOSCOW IN 1992 TO PERFORM AGAIN AS A GUEST ARTIST. SHE FORMED THE DARING PROJECT, A BALLET COMPANY DEDICATED TO CREATING NEW WORKS. MS. KOZLOVA ALSO DANCED IN "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" WITH TONY RANDALL AND BEN VEREEN.

IN 2009, MS. KOZLOVA PRESENTED "ONE MAGICAL PERFORMANCE: THE LEGACY GALA" AT THE JOYCE THEATER IN NEW YORK IN CELEBRATION OF THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEFECTION. PRINCIPAL DANCERS FROM NEW YORK CITY BALLET AND AMERICAN BALLET THEATER WERE GUEST ARTISTS, PERFORMING AT THE SPECTACULAR EVENT ALONGSIDE STUDENTS FROM HER SCHOOL

ABOUT VALENTINA KOZLOVA'S HISTORY:

BORN IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA, MS. KOZLOVA WAS TRAINED AT THE PRESTIGIOUS BOLSHOI BALLET SCHOOL. SHE WAS INVITED TO JOIN THE BOLSHOI BALLET COMPANY IN 1973 AND WAS PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL DANCER IN 1975. SHE DANCED ALL OF THE MAJOR CLASSICAL ROLES WITH THE COMPANY. IN 1979, SHE DEFECTED TO THE UNITED STATES WHILE ON TOUR WITH THE BOLSHOI. AS A STUDENT, SHE HAD ALREADY PERFORMED IN WESTERN EUROPE AND THE U.S. BUT HAD REMAINED INTRIGUED BY WHAT SHE SAW. HER QUEST FOR ARTISTIC FREEDOM AND GROWTH LED HER TO SEEK A CAREER THAT WOULD OFFER NEW ROLES BY WESTERN CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS WHILE STILL PRESERVING HER CLASSICAL BACKGROUND. SHE WAS IMMEDIATELY IN DEMAND AS A GUEST ARTIST INTERNATIONALLY.

 
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“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a Dancer”

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Our History

 
 

2004 - Present

YEAR by YEAR GROWTH

The Valentina Kozlova Dance Foundation (VKDF) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that began in 2004 as the DCPP (Dance Conservatory Performance Project). It was created specifically to provide dance students, pre-professional and young professional dancers with performance opportunities, access to renowned ballet figures worldwide, and artistic partnerships.

 
 

VKIBC

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition

VKDF has reached out in various arenas in neighboring communities since its inception in order to fulfill its mission of preserving and supporting classical dance. The Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC) is one initiative of the foundation, born from a desire to give young dancers a platform to compete in a fair, non-political forum. VKIBC has granted awards to dancers consisting of monies, training scholarships, company contracts, and performance opportunities such as those experienced by recipients to appear as guest artists on stages in St. Petersburg & Moscow, Russia and Riga, Latvia. In this manner, VKIBC has endeavored to mold the next generation of dancing artists.

 

PRODUCTION

Peformance venues and outreach

Over the years since its inception, the foundation has participated in numerous outreach activities to bring dance to various environs. Recent outreach efforts have forged a relationship with the ‘Catskill Foundation’, enabling local children and adults with a penchant for the performing arts to partake in an annual ‘Nutcracker’ production in Tannersville, NY. This production reaches audience members who might otherwise not have access to live dance and theatrical experiences in their communities.

 

PUBLIC EDUCATION

Community

The foundation has hosted various educational productions such as ‘The American Dream’ with subsequent question and answer forums to help educate the public regarding the art of dance, its history, education and production. Similarly, a symposium was set up at City Center Studios in 2014 to discuss current affairs in contemporary dance. Major critics of contemporary dance along with directors of both schools and companies of contemporary dance of the day were gathered to discuss and demonstrate the different styles of dance. This encouraged vibrant conversation and audience participation.

 

LECTURE/DEMONSTRATION

what we do GLOBALLY and NATIONALLY


In 2015, Ms. Kozlova took her expertise to a boarding school on Long Island, New York to offer formal dance classes and dance demonstration. Following the tutorial, a performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ was offered to local audiences. Additionally, the foundation offered a series of master classes over several weeks in the Vaganova style of classical ballet to students in New Jersey and New York, entitled ‘March Into Dance’. Dancers were challenged by the tutorials and enjoyed the master instruction, enabling the dancers to stretch their abilities. Every year, from 2004-2007, VKDF participated in similar tutorials in the New York City borough of the Bronx to offer lecture/demonstration to the students there. 

VKDF has most recently coupled with ‘Karts’ in South Korea through the University of Seoul, working to bring young ballet talent to the USA to share their art form with New York audiences. Through the foundation, a panel of dance luminaries participated a lecture/tutorials in Seoul to the delight of both dance students and their teachers at the University of Seoul Department of Dance. Students were delighted to share in a few tutorial tips from their highly regarded mentors.


 

Governance

Valentina Kozlova Dance Foundation, Inc., a corporation formed under the laws of the State of New York, has been designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Board of Directors & Officers

Valentina Kozlova, Chairman, Founder & CEO

  • Carlo Montali, Vice President & International Affairs, Co-Founder

  • Satoko Bell, Member

  • Silvana Da Luca, Member

  • Jeff Levy J.D., Member

  • Susan Valentine, Member

  • Mary A. Gilbert, Member

  • Risa Greendlinger, Member

  • Jackie Bembridge, Member

Artistic Committee

  • Septime Webre

  • Brooklyn Mack

  • Whitney Jensen

 

Special Thanks

 

VOLUNTEERS

  • Hannah Park

  • Hana Bell

  • Carole Blanco

  • Michael Blanco

  • Susan Valentine

  • Anne Barile

  • Katherine Knapp

PHOTOGRAPHERS

  • Boz Swope

  • Yelena Yeva

  • Kevin Jackson

  • Peter Mueller

  • Rosalie O'Conner

  • Erik Thomasson

  • VAM

  • Guillermo Galindo

VIDEOGRAPHERS

  • VAM

  • Guillermo Galindo

GRAPHIC AND ARTISTIC DESIGNERS

  • Adrian Grezda

  • Maria Scharf



 

“Music is the Devine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart”

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Press & News

 
 

BWW Dance Review: VKIBC 2016 Was True to Its Mission of 'Preserving the Past, Discovering the Future'

SONDRA FORSYTH - MAY. 3, 2016.

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Holiday Festivities Return to Greene County this December

Past Events

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Our Past Events

 

  • The Nutcracker (December 8-10, 2017) in association with the Catskill Mountain Foundation

  • Nutcracker Winter Suite, 2017 (December 2, 2017)

  • VKIBC NYC Finals, 2017 (Symphony Space, June 5-10, 2017)

  • American Dream (Orpheum Theater, Tannersville, NY, May 31 – June 1, 2017) lecture demo in association with the Catskill Mountain Foundation

  • VKDCNY Spring Gala, 2017 (Manhattan Movement, May 28, 2017)

  • VKIBC European Semi Finals, 2016 (Saint Petersburg, Russia, March 2-4, 2017)

  • Nutcracker Winter Suite, 2016 (December 3, 2016)

  • The Nutcracker (December 9-11, 2016) in association with the Catskill Mountain Foundation

  • VKIBC Semi Finals, 2016 (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
    Judges:
    - Eliana Caminada
    - Iracity Cardoso
    - Andrea Pivatto
    - Victoria Rinaldi

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  • IBC Semi Finals, 2016 (Posados, Argentina)
    Judges:
    - Franco Cadalago, Artistic Dir. of Ballet de Centro de Conocimiento
    - Guido de Benedetti, Fmr. Dir. Teatro Colon
    - Leonardo Reale, Hd. Balet Metropolitano de Buenos Aires
    - Margo Sappington, Choreographer

  • Spring Gala, 2016 (Symphony Space, New York)

  • South Korea Gala, 2016 (Symphony Space) in association with Korea National University of Arts

  • South Korea Gala, 2016 (Orpheum Theater, Tannersville, NY) in association with Korea National University of Arts and the Catskill Mountain Foundation

  • VKIBC NYC Finals 2016 (Symphony Space, NYC)

  • American Dream (Orpheum Theater, Tannersville, NY) in association with Catskill Mountain Foundation

  • Vaganova Master Classes Taught by Valentina Kozlova (Nunnbetter, NJ and City Center, NY)

  • Lecture Demonstration in Hunter, NY and Windham, NY Elementary Schools (November 2015) in association with Catskill Mountain Foundation

  • VKIBC Finals 2013 – 2015 (Symphony Space, NYC)

  • Symposiums, Modern Verses Contemporary Dance, 2014 (City Center, NY)

  • BIBC Finals 2011 (Boston Opera House, Boston)

  • BIBC Finals 2012 (Boston Opera House, Boston)

  • VKDCNY Nutcrackers 2004 – 2015 (Symphony Space, NYC)

  • VKDCNY Spring Galas 2004 – 2015 (Symphony Space, NYC)

 
 

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