Teachers at
Lesko Ballet Academy

Maryna Lesko
Ballerina Maryna Lesko

Maryna Lesko

Ballet Teacher and Choreographer

Originally from Ukraine, Maryna Lesko studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. She was a ballet soloist in theaters in Ukraine, Russia and Poland. Maryna toured with the Russian theater in the USA, Australia and many countries in Europe and Asia.

Maryna's teaching career started in 2005. She was choreographer and ballet teacher in the Ukrainian national rhythmic gymnastics team from 2014 to 2017. Her team earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2018 Maryna relocated to New York where she continued her teaching career.

Maryna, with her extensive years of experience, has honed her ability to provide an individualized and personalized approach to each of her students. Recognizing that every dancer is unique, she tailors her instruction to meet the specific needs and aspirations of each individual under her guidance.

Drawing from her vast knowledge and expertise in ballet, Maryna is well-versed in various styles and techniques, including the classical ballet moves by Vaganova and the elegance of French ballet. Her deep understanding of these diverse styles enables her to impart a comprehensive understanding of the art form, allowing her students to explore and excel in a wide range of ballet styles.

Beyond imparting technical mastery, Maryna fosters a nurturing environment that encourages her students to push their boundaries and reach their full potential. She understands that ballet requires discipline, perseverance, and dedication, and she instills these values in her students, fostering a strong work ethic and a commitment to continuous improvement.

Maryna's teaching approach goes beyond the confines of the studio. She is not only a mentor but also a source of inspiration, instilling in her students a deep love and appreciation for the art of ballet. She encourages them to attend performances, watch professional dancers, and immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of ballet. By exposing her students to the broader ballet community, Maryna cultivates a passion that extends far beyond the classroom, nurturing future generations of ballet enthusiasts and performers.

Diana Yaholnytska

Hip-Hop and Contemporary Choreographer

Originally from Ukraine, Diana began her dancing career at Junior Academy of Motion. Since 2012 she participated in many dance festivals and competitions around Ukraine. Just to name a few, Diana and her team won a 2nd place at the International Competition of Arts "Source of Hope" in 2016. They were also awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize places at the Choreographic Festival-Competition "Dniprov Dance Extravaganza".

Diana is a firm believer in creating an enjoyable and inclusive environment for children, where learning to dance becomes a delightful and exciting experience. Beyond simply teaching the technical aspects, she aims to cultivate an atmosphere where children can have fun while discovering the joy of movement.

Diana's versatility shines through as she expertly navigates various dance styles, including contemporary dance and hip-hop. Drawing from her creative instincts, extensive experience, and honed skills, she guides her young students in understanding the nuances of each style and encourages them to explore their own unique ways of self-expression through dance.

Diana Hip-hop

Natali Zorkova
Fitness trainer Natali Zorkova

Natali Zorkova

Fitness and Personal Trainer

Natali graduated from Omsk University of Physical Culture and Sports. She dedicated 15 years to athletics and received the title of Master Of Sports in the 800 meters run. During her career, Natali was a participant in bkikini fitness competition, winner of running in stilettos as well as silver medalist in high-altitude running.

Natali received certificates in areas of fitness such as: cardio strike, athletic stretch, best fit and personal trainer.

Natali's many years of experience include 6 years of track and field coach for children and teenagers and 11 years as a fitness trainer. Natali's classes are thoughtfully designed to cater to individuals of all fitness levels, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for everyone. With a perfect blend of engagement, enjoyment, and education, her classes offer a holistic approach to fitness, incorporating elements of cardio workouts, yoga, pilates, and strength exercises.

In Natali's classes, participants not only embark on a journey to improve their physical fitness but also gain a deeper understanding of their bodies and the importance of holistic well-being. Natali creates a comprehensive fitness experience that leaves participants feeling invigorated, empowered, and motivated to continue their pursuit of a healthy and active lifestyle.