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Elena Tiuriakulova teaching IBE residency students at George Washington (2013)


Since 1999 IBE has provided ballet residencies to schools in the Philadelphia School District:

Residencies consist of a full year of weekly ballet training with a Russian ballet master culminating in a collaborative ballet performance of a story ballet with students who study privately, and is a

FREE performance for the Philadelphia School District

Elena Tiuriakulova teaching IBE residency students at George Washington (2013)

Residency students are selected either by interest and good behavior, or in the case of the high schools, an existing dance class is selected for the program.

Residency students are also provided with:

  • Free tickets and transportation to see the Nutcracker with the Donetsk Ballet.
  • Costumes, dance attire and ballet shoes.


Students from George Washington performed in IBE’s Carmen (May 2015)

Residency sites since 1999:

  • Simon Gratz High School – 11 years in residence
  • *George Washington High School – 5 years in residence
  • Anna B. Pratt Elementary School – 4 years in residence
  • Northeast High School - 2 years in residence
  • Philadelphia High School for Girls – 2 years in residence
  • University City High School – 2 years in residence
  • Kenderton Elementary School – 2 years in residence
  • Leeds Middle School – 2 years in residence
  • L.P. Hill Elementary School – 2 years in residence
  • *Blaine Elementary School, our newest site

* current residency sites


“The IBE offers challenging yet exciting opportunities for students who would most likely never have the chance to experience ballet class.  Elena is professional and hardworking with the students of George Washington High School and through her teachings and patience, she helps them to understand, embrace, and capture the essence of dance, technique, and performance.” 
Michele Sorkin Socki

Dance Director at George Washington High School, Philadelphia, PA


Ashley and Silvina
IBE Residency Students
Simon Gratz High School

“I have always been interested in ballet. After watching IBE students on pointe, I not only became more interested, but more determined. Ms. Elena taught me more about ballet than I have ever known. I would love for her to remain until I graduate. My ultimate goal is to attend college majoring in Dance Education, and also to become a professional dancer.” —Silvina

“The residency has brought a certain status to us and our school, thanks to Mr. Viktor and Ms. Elena. They have been excellent role models. Before I graduate, I want to be on a professional level of ballet because I plan to go to college to major in Dance. My goal for next year is to be on pointe. I am ready for this opportunity. All I have to say is ‘bring it on!’” —Ashley

_MG_8974small.jpgIBE residency students from George Washington H.S. in "Gaite Parisienne"

Choreographer for the Residency Program

Nancy Malmed, founding executive director of IBE and the artistic director of Wissahickon Dance Academy, holds a master’s degree in dance from Temple University. She annually choreographs and stages IBE’s spring ballets, among them Alice in Wonderland, The Four Seasons, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gaîté Parisienne, La Boutique Fantasque, La Fille Mal Gardée, and two original ballets she has set to opera: Carmen and Porgy and Bess.

IBE Teachers in Residence

Elena Tiuriakulova has been teaching in IBE’s residencies since 2003. Former principal dancer with the Kyrgyzstan Opera and Ballet, dancing the lead in, among others, La Fille Mal Gardée, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Giselle and Swan Lake, she received her training from the world-famous Kirov (now Mariinsky) Choreographic Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she graduated with honors.

Cara King specializes in teaching ballet and creative movement to young children. After teaching ballet for the Settlement Music School (Germantown) school partnership program, she joined IBE in 2011. Ms. King completed the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus in the United States and England, participated in summer intensives at the Pennsylvania Central Youth Ballet, and earned a degree in dance from Hope College.

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