JCS Ballet Academy is a premier dance school founded on the principles of commitment, discipline, perseverance, and integrity. JCS Ballet Academy differentiates and excels by specializing in true Classical Ballet education taught by experienced, qualified, and certified Vaganova Method instructors. Our deep understanding and appreciation of Classical Dance allows us to value the importance of providing expert training since the very first classes. We are committed to serving our students, families and our community with excellency.
Our staff consists of qualified, certified and experienced instructors (over 50 years combined experience) who have obtained their classical dance education and training at some of the world's leading institutions including the exclusive Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The Bolshoi Ballet Academy has an unsurpassed history of almost 250 years of training the world’s greatest ballet dancers, choreographers, educators, and scholars. Bolshoi Ballet Academy's curriculum is based on the Vaganova method, respected internationally for its focus on musicality, strength, pureness of classical technique, and its emphasis on individual progress.
We believe that learning and experiencing the benefits of true Classical Ballet should be available to ALL who are willing to learn and wish to enjoy these benefits. By adhering to the Russian Vaganova Method, students are introduced to real classical ballet with a focus on clarity of technique, increased strength, and greater musicality.
"Our Classical Ballet program is carefully planned and structured to follow consistency of technique and artistry throughout each level of study, which allows our students to learn and progress with a thorough understanding of the real Classical Ballet technique; therefore laying a professional foundation from the very beginning ."
Our beginner levels allow students to begin working on their artistic, expressive, and musical performance according to their age and personality. Through discipline, JCS Ballet Academy continued classical ballet education program for children and teens adds complexity to the execution of movements and combinations and allows students to further develop their musicality, expression, and artistry.
JCS Ballet Academy offers both youth and adult ballet classes providing a solid foundation in classical dance for all their students, offering personalized teaching and dedication into every student's learning experience and progress.
At JCS Ballet Academy we are committed to provide all our students, children and adults, with personalized classical dance instruction in an encouraging, loving, and family oriented environment as we follow our family principles and values. We value our students and families, and serving them to the best of our ability is our priority.
JCS Ballet Academy Programs’ overall environment is non-competitive and teamwork is emphasized. We are delighted to be able to serve you as your Dance instruction choice.
At JCS Ballet Academy, we value:
Through dance your child will experience the multiple benefits of discipline and the principles and values that will last a life time.
“We are completely honored and grateful to have received this award for the fourth year in a row and we look forward to the many years ahead."
Artistic Director, Founder, Ballet Master
RUSSIAN VAGANOVA CERTIFIED CLASSICAL BALLET TEACHER
& Bolshoi Ballet Academy Character Dance
Our Director Mrs. Julia Figuerola Carpena Mannucci has been dancing Classical Ballet since 1982. Mrs. Julia Figuerola Carpena Mannucci has studied at the world's most acclaimed Ballet Institutions and has also completed"Methods of Teaching Classical Dance" A Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
The Bolshoi Ballet Academy has an unsurpassed history of almost 250 years of training the world’s greatest ballet dancers, choreographers, educators, and scholars. Bolshoi Ballet Academy's curriculum is based on the Vaganova method, respected internationally for its focus on musicality, strength, pureness of classical technique, and its emphasis on individual progress. Mrs. Figuerola Carpena Mannucci understands how important it is to ensure proper instruction of classical ballet technique from the very first steps. She applies her years of experience and her in-depth knowledge and training of authentic Bolshoi Ballet Academy Methodology - Vaganova method in all of JCS Ballet Academy’s programs for all of our students, and carefully and personally evaluates progress in every stage of the student's training. You can be confident that your child, or you as an adult, will receive only the most solid and strongest dance formation at all times.
"Our Classical Ballet program is carefully planned and structured to follow consistency of technique and artistry throughout each level of study, which allows our students to learn and progress with a thorough understanding of the real Classical Ballet technique which is the pillar for any form of dance."
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Mrs. Julia Figuerola Carpena Mannucci has received a certification from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She started her classical ballet training in Lima, Peru in 1982. By the time she was 11 she started intensive training under the direction of Marcela Pardon from Escuela Nacional de Ballet del Peru School of Ballet (Vaganova method & French method). Her passion for classical ballet was a life motivation since her early childhood years, and as for all those who posses that commitment, she would rather spend her days at practice than at any other activity. In 1986 she was invited to participate in Escuela Nacional de Ballet performances as a guest dancer. She danced alongside Peruvian first principal ballet dancer, Jorge Rodriguez as his partner in several performances. She participated in international classical ballet competitions, Certamen Latinoamericano de Ballet Infantil, winning top awards and a scholarship to continue her dance training and education (winners also included other renowned ballet dancers today such as, Giselle Menacho -Peru and Paloma Herrera - Argentina.)
Mrs. Julia feels that life is rewarding when you do what you are passionate about, but most importantly, give glory to God in everything that you do and follow God's call in your life. "He has a perfect plan for us, according to His will and purpose". In this principle, she founded JCS Ballet Academy.
Mrs. Julia was selected to participate at the Official Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow for an intensive Vaganova methodology program by the Academy’s leading teachers from Moscow, Natalya Revich, Yevgeniya Kazeeva, earning a Certification on "Methods of Teaching Classical Dance" and has had the opportunity to learn Vaganova Pedagogy directly from Bolshoi Ballet Academy's Master Teacher - Ms. Vera Kulikova (and from other notable Vaganova Academy teachers such as Olga Pavlova.)
Mrs. Julia is also so grateful to have been a part of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s first ever online Character Dance Teacher training Seminar/program receiving top examination scores from Master Character Dance teacher Aleksandr Pshenitsin. And she continues to earn Bolshoi Ballet Academy teacher certifications of the very extensive Vaganova syllabus
Mrs. Julia is also founder of Ballet Essentials, LLC. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and has worked in a variety of fields such as the equine veterinarian alternative medicine industry, consumer electronics, and fashion industry, but ultimately she went back to follow her "Call". Mrs. Julia is also a horse lover, as her father was a horse breeder for generations and developed equine nutraceutical products for decades. Over the years Mrs. Julia’s family fell in love and appreciate the many European dog breeds, and to this day they have been recognized as one of the top, most trustable AKC Boxer breeders of European Boxers in the USA.
Now residing in beautiful Miami, Florida, as a dancer, performer, ballet teacher, dance mom, and wife, she knows there is still so much to be done in her journey, and knows everything is made possible when we let our Father take the lead. Ms. Julia is a woman of Faith who is committed to God first, her family, her local church, Christ Fellowship of West Kendall, her community, and her country, the United States of America.
- PSALM 25:4
Director - Classical Ballet Teacher - Russian Vaganova Method
Our director Ms. Francesca Carpena started her classical ballet training at Miami City Ballet when she was 5 years old for her first year of ballet. Ms. Francesca continued her dance education at JCS Ballet Academy under the rigorous Russian Vaganova Classical Ballet Technique and under the direction of Mrs. Julia Carpena Mannucci.
In 2019 Ms. Francesca was accepted at the Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet Academy - Russian Advanced Ballet Intensive program in New York City, where through unique instruction by Russian teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, was trained in a rigorous ballet program. Ms. Francesca was trained following world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy curriculum Vaganova method and taught by the Academy’s leading Teachers and Choreographers from Moscow, Russia; Georgii Gusev, Andrei Alferov, Natalya Revich, Nika Sergeeva.
In 2021 Ms. Francesca was accepted at the Official Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow for an intensive Vaganova methodology program on "Methods of Teaching Classical Dance" Vaganova Academia Year 1, 2 & 3 Syllabus.
In 2023 Ms. Francesca received a Teacher Certification from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy for successfully completing and passing examination Teacher Certification Seminar Pre-Ballet up to 9 years old of the Vaganova Academia Syllabus under Bolshoi Ballet Academy teacher Ekaterina Trunina.
Ms. Francesca continues enriching her knowledge and experience by training and learning at the advanced / professional levels at JCS Ballet Academy, her strong focus on the clarity of technique, increased strength, and greater musicality are important aspects for teaching correctly from the very early stages of training.
Ms. Francesca's has experience teaching Pre-Ballet Level, beginner entry levels, and Levels I, II, & III for children and beginner adult ballet and adult pointe classes following the Vaganova curriculum resulting in great achievements at JCS Ballet Academy. Ms. Francesca also continues to grow in experience and knowledge and has a unique gift to teach with love and discipline in all of her classes. She is very much loved by students and parents alike.
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Ms. Francesca is an experienced classical ballet performer, as a soloist at JCS Ballet Academy, and has had the opportunity to perform with Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy at their Final Summer 2019 Performance in New York City, having the opportunity to be photographed by world renowned dance photographer Gene Schiavone.
Ms. Francesca graduated Westwood Christian High School with recognition of Academic Achievement. She enjoys playing the violin, which is her favorite instrument, and has played the Clarinet at the school band having the opportunity to perform at Disney World, Orlando. She is currently a dedicated college student working towards her Veterinary Medicine degree University of Florida.
Ms. Francesca has served as a volunteer at her local church Christ Fellowship of West Kendall in the Children's Ministry @CFKids, has participated and served at Christ Fellowship Students @CFStudents Youth group. She is currently an active member of the Young Adults Small group and serves in production at Christ Fellowhip of West Kendall. We are grateful to have Ms. Francesca as part of our selective, qualified, and Vaganova Certified staff here at JCS Ballet Academy.
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Ms. Giannina opined JCS BALLET ACADEMY in 2019. Her discipline and passion for classical ballet has allowed her to continue to grow and learn Academically as a dancer, performer and teacher. In 2022 Ms. Giannina was accepted to study at one of the world's most acclaimed Ballet institutions, the Official Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow, for an intensive Vaganova methodology program on "Methods of Teaching Classical Dance." Ms. Giannina teaches our pre-ballet and beginner ballet levels at JCS Ballet Academy with attention to detail and commitment to each and every student ’s learning experience by being caring, loving and sharing her passion for dance through teaching. In 2023 Ms. Giannina received a teacher certification from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy for successfully completing and passing examination of the Teacher Certification Seminar Pre-Ballet up to 9 years old of the Vaganova Syllabus.
This is also Ms. Giannina’s fourth year at our fun summer camp program. Throughout the years, Ms. Giannina’s family has been a part of our our JCS Ballet Academy staff and volunteer team.
“Dancing at JCS Ballet Academy has brought immense comfort and growth in my walk with Christ.”
Ms. Giannina is a dedicated college student pursuing a degree in Dietetics. She has served as a volunteer in the Children's Ministry @CFKids at our local church Christ Fellowship of West Kendall and participated at Youth Group Christ Fellowship Students @CFStudents. She continues to grow in knowledge of classical ballet technique at our JCS Ballet Academy Vaganova advanced levels.
We are grateful to have Ms. Giannina as part of our selective, qualified and Vaganova certified staff here at JCS Ballet Academy.
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Business Hall of Fame - Awarded Best Dance School for children & adults for the fourth consecutive year!
Business Hall of Fame - Awarded Best Dance School for children & adults for the third consecutive year!
Business Hall of Fame - Awarded Best Dance School for children & adults
Awarded Miami’s Best Dance School.
Miami’s Best rated Ballet School for children & adults!
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