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Maria Mosina


Ballet Instructor

Ms.Mosina was born in Moscow and graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. Upon graduation, Ms. Mosina joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company and was immediately chosen for principal roles. She toured the world appearing on all major European, American, African and Asian stages. She performed leading roles in all major productions as a member of the Company, as well as a guest artist with many other festivals, galas, and companies. Among the most memorable are the International Arts Festival in Spoletto, Italy, Gala Performance in Memory of Nureyev in Ufa, and Fernando Bujones Gala in Miami, FL.  She also proudly holds a commemorative diploma for appearing in the Royal Variety Performance before Her Majesty the Queen of England.

Ms Mosina was invited to join Colorado Ballet as a lead principal dancer in 1995. In her 20 years with the company she has performed all major roles in classical productions such as Clara and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Sylphide in La Sylphide, Odette-Odille in Swan Lake, Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri in Don Quixote, Taglioni in Pas de Quatre, The Dying Swan, Le Spectre de La Rose and pas de deuxs from Le Corsaire, Talisman, Paquita, and Les Sylphides.   Ms. Mosina has shown her talent in neoclassical, modern and contemporary choreography in master pieces such as Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes, and Who Cares? as well as Christopher Weeldon’s  A Midsummer Night Dream, Peter Pucci’s Size Nine Spirit (as seen on PBS), Alvin Ailey’s The River, Martha Graham’s monumental Appalachian Spring, Agnes de Mille's  Rodeo, Paul Taylor's Company B, Sir Frederick.Ashton's Facade, Anthony Tudor's The Leaves are Fading and Echoing of Trumpets, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and In the Upper Room, Michael Pink's Dracula and  The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Stanton Welch's Of Blessed Memory, Martin Fredmann's  Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, A Little Love, Mon Dieu, Sachertorte, Silent Woods, Dreamspace ( as seen on PBS), Donald McKayle's JamNation, Septime Webre's Where the Wild Things Are, C.Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, L.Taylor-Corbett's Great Galloping Cottschalk and more.  Ms. Mosina is constantly praised for her incredible talent and artistry as well as her sincere passion for dance

Ms. Mosina has appeared as a guest artist at various prestigious dance festivals and galas across the United States. Additionally, she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and in an article in Dancer Magazine.

To add to her credits she also holds a master’s degree in methodology and pedagogy from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. She is an active ballet instructor across the United States and has participated as a master teacher and judge for the Youth American Grand Prix.  She is now in her 20th season as a principal ballerina with Colorado Ballet and is excited to be sharing her knowledge of dance by teaching throughout the United States.


Gwen Tripp

Gwen Tripp

"Classic Dancers" Company repetiteur, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Pre-Ballet/Tap combo

Gwen is a Kansas City native who began dancing competitively when she was 14 years old. She has been blessed to perform and train with many amazing companies over her career, including the Kansas City Ballet, the San Diego City Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Gwen has been invited to perform in many projects over her career. She performed in Suzanne Ryan Strati’s “The Strength to be Willing,” performed at the Folley Theater in Kansas City, as well as being featured in Strati’s “Ordo Virtum,” performed at the Lied Center in Lawrence, KS. She was also a corps de ballet dancer in the performance of Balanchine’s “Serenade,” performed at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in Kansas City, as well as being invited to dance in Daniela Musalardi’s “When the Lights Go Out,” at the Alvin Ailey 2012 Summer Sizzler. While attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s conservatory of dance, Gwen was invited to perform in many extracurricular performances, including Sabrina Madison-Cannon’s “Revisit,” performed at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and Paula Weber’s “Carmina Burana,” performed at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. Gwen finished her dance education by receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Dance in May of 2013 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She joined the Kim Robards Dance company in Aurora, CO after graduation and has been dancing and performing with Kim since then. She is currently in her second season with Kim Robards Dance. Gwen has been teaching a variety of dance classes to children and adults since she was 18 years old. Teaching is her true passion, and she is very excited to have joined the Classic Dance Academy as a teacher and a Company coach. She is excited to share her experience and knowledge with her new students.