Faculty: Leo Ahonen
World Famous Primier Danseur
Bronze Medalist
Artistic Advisor and Master of Curriculum - balletfoundation

Leo Ahonen was accepted to the Ballet Academy of the National Opera House in Helsinki, Finland at the age of six. He joined the National Ballet of Finland at the age of 14 and at 17 years of age guest performed with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad and the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. After this glory he wanted to enter the Kirov Ballet School; Vaganova Choreographic Institute. In Leningrad, Mr. Ahonen became a private student of Mr. Konstantin Shatilov, and received "The Kirov Trained Certificate" at graduation. At the age of 25 he was already a recognized teacher in Europe. He received the coveted "Golden Achievement Award for International Pedagogues". Mr Ahonen won a Bronze Medal in the Men's Senior category at the Second International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. He was a principal dancer and the company teacher for the National Ballet of Hollard, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the National Ballet of Finland. In January of 1994, Mr. Ahonen celebrated his 40th Anniversary as a professional dancer. His final stage performance was in 1999 in Japan. His dancing career includes over 3000 performances in 34 countries.

 


 

Faculty: Soili Arvola
World Famous Prima Ballerina
Bronze Medalist
Artistic Advisor - balletfoundation

Prima Ballerina Arvola began her training at the Finnish National Ballet. She has appeared as a guest ballerina with the Finnish National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Houston Ballet, London's Royal Ballet Choreographic Group, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Ballet International de Ochi of Japan, and the numerious Symphony Orchestras, Opera Companies and Civic Ballet Companies throughout the United States and abroad. She dances: Odette-Odile in "Swan Lake", Princess Aurora in "The Sleeping Beauty", Giselle, Cinderella, Swanhilda in "Coppelia", Kitri in "Don Quixote and many more. She has won a Bronze Medal at the Varna Competition and an Artistic Achievement certificate. She has performed in Dame Margot Fonteyn's Ballet Spectacular, Nureyev and Friends, and the Alexander Godunnov Tour. Ms Arvola specialized in classical masterpeices. Ms. Arvola is married to her partner, Leo Ahonen, and on the day of Constitution in 1976, they became Citizens of the United States.