Delaware County, ballerina Ms. Esmiana Jani, age 18, of the Academy of International Ballet (AIB) in Media was recently offered and has accepted a position with the Washington Ballet. The Washington Ballet Company in the Disctirct of Columbia is one of the major professional ballet companies in the country. For Esmiana, this will be a major step in her professional career. She will be performing with the studio and first company, with the possibility of touring. She will also be dancing with the main company in their productions at the Kennedy Center.
“This is quite an honor and an opportunity for Esmiana to be able to dance with the Washington Ballet and perform at the Kennedy Center for our nation’s leaders, including the President,” said Ms. Josie Singer, Executive Director of AIB. Ms. Singer added that “during the past several years it was obvious to all at AIB, that Esmiana was a dream student. She has the inner drive, perseverance and stamina to totally embrace the art of ballet. To be able to blend technical excellence with a passion for ballet is quite an achievement. Our faculty, fellow students and many patrons are extremely pleased with Esmiana. Esmiana brought that same commitment to her academic studies as an honors student having recently graduated from Marple Newtown High School”.
Esmiana said that she is “quite aware of how competitive professional ballet is and now with this contract, I will take the final step by surrendering to the dedication and the daily pursuit of artistic excellence. Ballet will become my total life”.
Esmiana began dancing with the Academy of International Ballet (AIB) and Performing Arts in Media, PA in 2001 at age 8. She has been studying ballet in the finest traditions of the Bolshoi for the past 10 years, under Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy, both graduates of the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. At age 14 she became a member of International Ballet Classique, AIB’s pre-professional training company, performing throughout the region.
Her numerous awards include semi-finalist in 2010 Jackson International Ballet Competition, Jackson, MS; Third Place Senior Classical 2010 Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), Philadelphia, Pa; Second Place Senior Classical 2009 YAGP , Philadelphia, Pa; Third Place Bluebird Pas de Duex and First Place Ensemble Nymph 2008; Participant in YAGP New York City Finals 2002-2011; Second Place Junior Classical 2008 American Ballet Competition, Orlando, FL; First Place Senior Classical 2009 Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey (YDFNJ); Second Place Senior Classical 2008 YDFNJ; First Place Senior Classical 2007 YDFNJ,; Second Place Junior Classical 2006 YDFNJ; and Third Place Pre-Competitive Classical 2005 YDFNJ. She has danced as guest artist in the “Nutcracker” in Aruba in 2008 and 2009, and has a varied repertoire including Odile from Swan Lake, Paquita, Coppelia, Giselle, Walpurgis Night and The Nutcracker, with principal roles as Arabian, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum.
AIB Artistic Director Denis Gronostayskiy and Anastasia Babayeva Ballet Mistress added, “Now we release her into the world. We know Esmiana is thoroughly ready for all the challenges she will face in professional ballet, and she has all our love in her journey”.