Mariya Kudyakova (YAGP 2020, 2022, 2023 "Outstanding Teacher" award), MD, Academy Director Ballet, Pointe, Variation, Character Dance, Choreography Having performed all over the world and danced professionally for 17 years, Ms. Kudyakova has a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to her students. She received a Master's Degree in dance at the Peter Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet Academy (majors: Ballet (Vaganova Method), Partnering, Character Dance, Historical Dance, and Stage Acting). She has toured extensively throughout the world and danced many principal and solo roles as well as in ballets that were created especially for her. For 24 years, as an educator, Ms. Kudyakova has had the opportunity to teach thousands of students in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. She has earned respect along with a reputation for excellence. Ms. Kudyakova has received choreography awards from several national competitions.