Zinaida Khazanova was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the age of ten she attended The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, where she graduated with Honors. She went on to dance at The Kirov Theater (now known as The Marinsky), and had leading roles in The Nutcracker, Gayane, Flames of Paris, and Fairy Doll.
From 1990-1994 Khazanova danced for Boris Eifman’s Modern Ballet Theater. She performed in France, Germany, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Czech Republic, Japan, China, Israel, and South Korea. She danced leading roles in Figaro, Human Passions, Giselle, La Bayadere, Bolero and many more.
After almost twenty years of dancing, Khazanova then decided to focus her passion on teaching and was accepting into The Russian Ballet Academy of Teachers, where she graduated with Honors as a Ballet Master and Choreographer. From 1998 to 2004 she taught at a ballet school called Kontilena and from 2008 to 2012 at a ballet school called Allegro.
In 2012 she moved to South Florida and then in September 2013 opened The Silfida Ballet Academy, where she tirelessly teaches her students with grace and poise. The Academy focuses on classical ballet instruction for people of all ages, and experience levels. The advanced programs are taught based on the famed Vaganova method, which prepares its students with the skills and techniques needed to have a future as a classical ballet dancer.
The Academy has enjoyed glowing feedback since opening and it is filled with high hopes for the future not only for the Academy and its mission, but for the students it trains. Khazanova’s desire is that all her students will be challenged by the fullness of her teaching methods and achieve their personal best — all while experiencing the pure joy that dance has brought to her life.Whether you are researching classes for your child or yourself, you do not have to travel as far Russia to get world class instruction from caring and tremendously capable instructors. Russia has brought one of its finest ballet exports directly to your own backyard!