Instructors - Allegro Ballet Academy
Allegro Ballet Academy has skilled and qualified ballet instructors with years of experience and training.
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Nurlan Abougaliev, Founder of ABA

Nurlan Abougaliev


Nurlan Abougaliev, a native of Kazakhstan, is a former principal dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He has danced leading roles such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Desiree in The Sleeping Beauty, and Albrecht in Giselle. He also has danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Who Cares?, Agon, and Serenade.


Nurlan’s other roles include Paul Taylor’s Company B; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs and Octet; Dwight Rhoden’s Ave Maria; Mark Morris’ Maelstrom, Drink to me Only With Thine Eyes, and Sandpaper; Ben Stevenson’s Dracula; and Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort.


Nurlan studied at the Almaty Ballet Academy, where he trained using the Vaganova method. His coursework included classical ballet, including character, pas de deux, music, and the history of ballet. In 1997, he moved to Moscow to work with the Russian National Ballet and later Moscow City Ballet.


Nurlan came to the United States in 2003 to join  the Ballet Internationale, where he worked with renowned teachers including Irina Kolpatkova and Vladilen Semenov. With Ballet Internationale, Nurlan has performed in International Dance Festivals and toured in the United States, South Africa, Japan, England, China and South Korea.


Nurlan’s teaching experience includes Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Ohio Ballet Conservatory, Ballet East FL, Champaign Urbana Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland, Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, and Morgantown Dance WV.


Nurlan specializes in the technique established by the famous Russian pedagogue, Agrippina Vaganova. Nurlan is pleased to share his broad experience of performing works by the renowned choreographers and dancing in different ballet styles with his students.


Nurlan and his wife, Aygul, are the proud parents of Diana and Daniel.

Maria Brychuk

Dancers and students love the enthusiasm of “Miss Maria” as she instructs her classes. Maria teaches ballet, advanced ballet, character and historical dance. She is a fully accomplished professional dancer and educator. Maria received her B.A. with Honors, in Fine Arts for the Artist of Character Dance at the Vereshaginkiy College of Arts in her native Russia. Her areas of expertise are in Vaganova (also known as Russian) Ballet methodology, Character and Historical dance.


Maria performed for several years for Russian National Theater. She has toured internationally in France, Italy, Germany, USA, Canada and Russia. Maria’s professional career includes over 1,200 on-stage performances.


Maria had been teaching dance since 2000. In 2009 she established a dance school in Canada, which quickly grew to over 200 students size, with Competitive and Performance groups. A number of Maria’s ballet students went on to become accepted into a number of programs, such as Canada Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, Grand Ballet in Russia, Hartt Ballet School, and Bolshoi Ballet Academy in US.


In addition to teaching, Maria has produced and choreographed variety of compositions for concerts, competitions, musicals, recitals, and school productions. She has developed multiple workshops, master classes, presentation for dance students, presented on multiple occasions at the Early Childhood Development conferences, served as an Artist in Residence on multiple grants, and participated in a variety of multicultural events and festivals.

Aygul Abougalieva, Founder of ABA

Aygul Abougalieva


Aygul Abougalievais a native of Ufa, Russia, is a former dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Russian National Ballet, and The Moscow City Ballet.  Aygul has toured extensively in the United States, South Africa, China, Europe, Japan, and South Korea.


Aygul’s repertoire includes a variety of classical and contemporary works including Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, DonQuixote, Paquita. Coppelia, Giselle, La Sylphide, Chopiniana, Le Corsaire, Walpurgis Night, Raymonda, Alberto Alonso’s Carmen, Michael Fokine’s Dying Swan, various productions of Cinderella and the Nutcracker. Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Who Cares, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Jean-Cristophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliette, Mark Morris’ Maelstrom, Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, Dennis Nahat’s Brahm’s Quintet and Moments, and Paul Taylor’s Company B.


Aygul graduated from the “Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Academy.” She was trained in the Vaganova system and her curriculum included a full range of classical ballet classes, including character, pas de deux, music, and the history of ballet.  She is a guest teacher with Allegro Ballet Academy in Memphis, TN, Champaign Urbana Ballet, IL, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland, and Ohio Ballet Conservatory and recently staged the Paquita Grand Pas for the Asheville Ballet Conservatory.


Aygul and her husband, Nurlan, are the proud parents of Diana and Daniel.

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Allie Greene


Allie Greene has over 20 years of performance and teaching experience in movement-related disciplines. Her teaching philosophy is based on her belief that the dance class environment teaches much needed life skills such as self-discipline, focus, respect, confidence, problem solving and team work. She strives to provide that in a creative, exciting, and self-empowering environment. She truly believes that dancing can be a powerful tool for learning and self-discovery.


She has taught ballet, pointe, creative movement, contemporary dance, and Pilates Conditioning for Dancers. She was an instructor for 11 years at Wexford Dance Academy. She is a certified Pilates instructor, Master Trainer for the Bootybarre Method and is co-­owner of Equilibrium Pittsburgh Pilates Studio.


She received her ballet training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Chautauqua Summer Dance, and Cleveland School of Ballet. She has performed with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Tom Downing, Gia Cacalano, and Pennsylvania Dance Theater. She has been a guest artist with the Buffalo City Ballet and the University of Tennessee Dance Dept. Allie is a summa cum laude graduate of La Roche College with a BA in the Performing Arts and Sociology.

Laura Taylor, Allegro Ballet Academy Dance Instructor

Laura Taylor


Laura began taking ballet at age five and has danced in many shows with ABA and Ballet Baroque including the Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Gaite Parisienne.  She performed at Carnegie Hall with Ballet Baroque performed with the Russian Ballet at Heinz Hall in 2007.  She also danced in the International Day of Peace Festival, and numerous ballroom galas.


Laura began teaching at ABA in 2014. She has had a wide range of experience working with children; including serving as a junior counselor in the Shepherd’s Door Summer Stars program, assisting with a children’s local Olympics program and serving as assistant leader in the Keepers of the Faith girl’s group. She appreciates and enjoys the family environment of Allegro Ballet Academy as well as teaching a wide variety of ages.