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Faculty

Educating dancers is our top priority.

At SMBT, educating dancers is our top priority. By providing professional, master teachers, we are able to bring the highest quality of instruction to all who study at our school.

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Arkadiy Orohovsky
Artistic Director

Arkadiy grew up in Kiev, Ukraine where he trained at the Kiev State Choreographic School. After graduation, he joined the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet where he toured throughout Europe, North America, and Japan. He danced soloist and principal roles such as the Prince in Cinderella, Siegfried in Swan Lake, and the Prince in The Nutcracker. After coming to the United States in 1994, he danced as a principal dancer with Ballet El Paso. He joined Houston Ballet in 2000 where he continued to perform soloist and principal roles in the classical repertory as well as in ballets by George Balanchine and Ben Stevenson.

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Katya Orohovsky
Artistic Director

Katya grew up in Hattiesburg and started her dance training with Yvonne Bergeron and Henry Danton at Pine Belt Ballet. She continued her training in such notable schools as The Kirov Academy and Nutmeg Conservatory for the arts. She has danced as a guest principal artist with her husband throughout the United States, performing such roles as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Swanilda in Copellia. Mrs. Orohovsky is noted for her outstanding ability to coach young dancers in the classical ballet repertory as well as staging the full-length classics.