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The idea behind Online Ballet Academy was originally born back in October 2019! Discover how our founders and ballet masters were inspired to create the Online Ballet Academy.

Meet the founders
Maya McKeever founder Online Ballet Academy
Maya McKeever

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Maya initially began her ballet training at the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet; where she studied under the RAD method, and successfully passed all of her examinations up untill Advanced 2, with Distinctions. She was also invited to train under the Tsinform C. Wong Scholarship Programme alongside a select group of talented students at her school, where she received extra training and performance experience alongside her recreational classes. However, Maya did not begin full-time ballet training until the age of 16, after being exclusively invited to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow as a full-time student, immediately after attending their summer programme. Maya completed all of her final exams in Moscow with high or full marks, and finished her training in 2017.

In 2017, Maya left Moscow for London, where she first met and began to train privately with Natalia Kremen. In 2018, Maya was selected to compete at the European Grand Prix, where she became a finalist. After 2 years of condensed, high intensity training, both at the Bolshoi Academy and later as a private student of Natalia Kremen, Maya was able to completely reshape her body and technique as a dancer.
Before the pandemic, Maya danced as a guest artist around London, and danced in theatres such as Sadler's Wells, in many leading roles such as Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Bambi from Bambi, the Sugarplum Fairy from the Nutcracker, alongside making her debut as the lead actress in the ballet short-film "Last Dance". She also debuted in the principal role of Gamzatti, after being invited to perform in the full length production of La Bayadere in Hong Kong.

Maya also began teaching alongside Natalia Kremen at the Natalia Kremen Ballet School in 2018, where she has taught and guided students who have successfully continued their ballet training at the likes of the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and Dutch National Ballet Academy In October 2019, Maya co-founded Online Ballet Academy to share her story and first hand experience of how she was able transform her body and technique through her journey as a young dancer. She hopes to inspire dancers everywhere by providing them with the exact tools and support they need in order to achieve the same results.

Natalia Kremen founder Online Ballet Academy
Natalia Kremen

Founder of the prestigious Natalia Kremen Ballet School, world renowned ballet master, former professional ballerina with English National Ballet and Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow, International Speaker, founder of UK Charity NK Ballet Foundation, and now co-founder of Online Ballet Academy. Born in Moscow, Russia. Natalia started training at the age of ten with Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Later she moved to Leonid Lavrovsky’s Ballet Academy, there she was trained by Galina Krapivina (People’s Artist of USSR) and Nina Sorokina (People’s Artist of USSR). After graduation in 2002 was invited by Artistic Director Dmitry Briantcev to join the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Ballet Theater. While in the company Natalia has danced many soloist roles in ballet’s such as Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, Dames Camellias, Snow maiden, Fille mal Gardee. Natalia has created roles in Dmitry Briantcev’s choreography. In 2006 Natalia was invited by Wayne Eagling to English National Ballet. In 2004 Natalia entered the Moscow Federal State Educational Institution of Higher Professional and Postgraduate Education “Russian Academy of Dramatic Art – GITIS” and graduated in 2009 with the qualification TEACHER BALLET MISTRESS in the speciality “BALLET PEDAGOGY”. In 2012, she founded the Natalia Kremen Ballet School with only three students. NKBS has gone on to become a thriving school in the heart of Kensington and Battersea , with over 200 students. NKBS is fully accredited by BDQT and is a member of ARBTA (Association of Russian Ballet and Theatre Arts) and the students work towards their internationally recognized exams. In October 2019, Natalia co-founded Online Ballet Academy, as she foresaw the power of social media and the importance of an online presence long before many other ballet schools. The concept of combining high quality ballet training with a modern approach to virtual learning was one that Natalia has been planning for over a year. By revolutionising the way dancers are able to readily access quality ballet training, regardless of geographical location, financial background, or current state of technique, what may have once been a far fetched dream for many, will finally be within reach.

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