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Six Introductory Ballet Videos with Irena Woźniak

Warm Up, Pliés, Battement Tendu, Battement Tendu Jeté Dégagé, Adagio and Grand Battement

Slawomir and Irena Woźniak are recognized worldwide for their ability to consistently produce award winning students that receive scholarships to coveted ballet programs such as the American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet and Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. Students continuously win prizes and medals in competitions in Russia, Bulgaria, Berlin, China and across the USA. Recent graduates of their full time program have gone on to dance with American Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Colorado Ballet Junior Company and Dutch National Ballet Junior Company.

Experience Slawomir and Irena's passion, dedication, attention to detail, knowledge of classical ballet, and understanding of expression as a VIRTUAL STUDENT through Master Ballet Academy's online courses. Join the MBA family today!

  1. Warm Up
  2. Pliés
  3. Battement Tendu
  4. Battement Tendu Jeté Dégagé
  5. Adagio
  6. Grand Battement

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Irena Woźniak started her ballet training at the age of eleven in Gdansk, Poland, at the State Ballet School. At age sixteen, while Irena was still a student, she was asked to dance with the Professionals in Opera Baltycke’s, production of Snow White. Irena had the opportunity to train under some of the world’s most esteemed Dancers and Teachers including; Nathalie Bessmertnova, Yuri Grigorovich, Cynthia Harvey, Pierre Lacotte, Natalia Makarova, Lorca Massine, and Irek Mukhamedov, all of whom inspired Irena with an incredible passion for ballet. Irena graduated with high honors after performing and touring in many concerts and galas throughout Europe.

After graduating, Irena received the position of soloist at Wroclaw Opera House in Poland. It was there that she met her husband, Slawomir, as they performed leading roles together, such as Cinderella, Swan Lake and Giselle. Their performance in Swan Lake left an unforgettable impression on all those who were fortunate enough to see it. Irena performed in a host of other ballets including: La Gitana, D’Artagnan and The Three Musketeers, Chopiniana – Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and The Nutcracker.

In 1988 Irena joined the Teatr Wielki in Lodz, Poland, along with Slawomir, where they both performed in all of the company’s Repertories and Tours throughout Europe. A few years later, in 1991, Irena joined the Warsaw National Opera House as soloist and she danced with the company until her retirement which brought her to the Valley of the Sun. She moved to Phoenix in 2007 with her husband, while her two sons, Slawomir Jr. and Michal, were training on full scholarships in New York City at American Ballet Theatre.

Since living in Phoenix, Irena has trained hundreds of young dancers at Master Ballet Academy, the studio she owns and operates with her husband Slawomir. Since 2007 her accomplishments as a ballet instructor include training her students for international ballet competitions in Berlin, China, San Diego, Florida, and New York in which they have placed with medals and scholarships. Irena instills in each of her students, her love for ballet, and she passes along her own training and performance experiences. Irena inspires her students with her passion, attention to detail, knowledge of classical ballet, and understanding of expression. All of these qualities make Irena one of the most sought after Instructors in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions


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This set of courses is for dancers in training with prior basic knowledge of ballet barre exercises. It is for anyone that wishes to have a better understanding of placement, their body, proper form and of the Vaganova method.
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Can I do this course at home?
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What if the technique is different from what I currently learn at my local studio?
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