Elena Kukseva is a highly respected ballet mistress who holds a teaching certificate from the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mrs. Kukseva received her early professional ballet training and experience from the Perm State Choreographic Academy. In 1986, upon graduation from Perm she accepted a position in the Nijzgorod Ballet Theatre where she had the opportunity to demonstrate her technical brilliance and theatrical mastery by performing many leading roles in classical ballets, such as “Gisele”, Spanish Dance in “Swan Lake”, Gypsy in “Don Quichote”. In 1991 she transitioned to the Small Mariinsky Ballet Company in Leningrad to dance under the direction of Leonid Yakobson. Mrs. Kukseva toured nationally and internationally performing such recognizable works as 9 Tangos and Bach, Wedding Cortege, Arlekinade, Roden’s Sculptures and Pas-de-trois Rossini.
She currently lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since 2014, Elena is a regular guest of Russian School of Ballet, teaching at holiday Workshops and Winter Intensives, helping RSB students achieve new heights in ballet training, in line with world requirements.