Dmitri Roudnev- Creator and Founder of RYB
In 1994, Dmitri Roudnev founded Ballet Intensive from Moscow in order to bring together the best master teachers of Vaganova each year for a student workshop and teacher seminar. Roudnev develops his curriculum to reflect his experiences as a student and soloists of the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet. He loved the logical combinations and the musicality of Bolshoi classes and he conveys these feelings in his lessons. Roudnev presents complicated barre exercises, based in the great Russian Method training traditions, that are easy for student and teacher to learn. This, in turn, helps develop students with clean technique, elongated non-bulky muscles, and high extensions. Teachers have found that the strength built in Roudnev’s approach promotes less chance of injury.
Dmitri Roudnev trained for eight years at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia, and later danced as soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet under the direction of the great U.N.Grigorovich. Roudnev served as the director of the Dmitri Roudnev Ballet School of Chicago for seven years. He developed a special ballet training program for the skating pair that took 4th place in the 2002 Olympics. Roudnev is also the Artistic director of the USA National Youth Ballet Competition presented by Russian Pointe.
Roudnev founded the highly regarded Roudnev Youth Ballet in 2005 for the dedicated dancers of Memphis, Tn. in order to bring a new type training to city that rarely sees the Russian Method. In the summer of 2016, Dmitri took his Roudnev Youth Ballet syllabus beyond the mid-south area with great success and hopes to share his mastery of ballet with people who share his same love of ballet to dancers of all ages across the United States.
Mandy Possel is accomplished in performance, teaching, and costuming. She began her pre-professional training with Cincinnati Ballet School; then continued with the Lafayette Ballet Company and School in West Lafayette, Indiana. After a family move in 2000, she joined the Ballet Memphis Junior Company where she honed her skills as a performer, costumer, and choreographer.
She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2007. Upon returning to Memphis, she accepted a position with New Ballet Ensemble and School as a teaching and performing artist. Mandy’s work with other organizations includes Opera Memphis, Memphis City Beautiful Commission, and many independent projects. She recently completed a yearlong work-study program with Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley, California under the direction of Patricia Reedy and Nancy Ng.
Mandy is excited to be back in her Russian Ballet roots, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge, and love of dance.
Steven Prince Tate is a Memphis, TN native with many prestigious accolades for teaching, performing and choreography. Highlights include scholarships from the American Dance Festival, being named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 Choreographers to Watch (2006), and a feature spot in a commercial for reality dance show “So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Memphis Audition.” In 2014, Steven was a part of Kennedy Center’s New Moves: Symphony and Dance with New Ballet, he has also performed and choreographed for Macy’s in their annual spring fashion show (2015). His choreography includes routines for the Memphis Grizz Girls. Steven holds a degree in Theater and Dance with a minor in Gender Studies from MTSU and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honor Society.