Meet our Team

Artem Yachmennikov

MCDC owner

MCBT Artistic Director

Ballet Master

Mr. Yachmennikov graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was the first soloist with the world famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow; a soloist at The Mariinsky Theater (Kirov) in St.Petersburg; and a principal dancer at the Dutch National Ballet, which is one of the most prestigious European theaters. He was also a principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet, one of the largest and long lived professional ballet companies in the United States. He performed on the most prestigious ballet stages in the world such as Covent Garden in London, Grand Opera in Paris, Metropolitan Opera in New-York, The London Coliseum Theater, and Champs-Elysees Theater in Paris. Mr. Yachnmennikov enjoyed the honor of receiving an invitation from Her Royal Majesty Queen Beatrix of Netherlands to attend an official ceremony recognizing his artistic accomplishments. As an experienced and professional Ballet Master, Artem has been an integral part of our team since the beginning.

Ekaterina Vaganova-Yachmennikova

MCDC Coordinator of Operations

MCBT Artistic Director

Ballroom Program Director

Ekaterina is the Coordinator of Operations of MCDC. She is one of MCDC's most beloved beloved team members, well respected by her fellow instructors and students alike. She graduated from the Moscow University of Culture with a degree in Promotion and Production of Cultural Public Programs. She is the great-grand daughter of the world-famous ballerina, Agrippina Vaganova, who created the well-known method of professional training for ballet dancers all around the world. Ekaterina herself is a three-time World Champion ballroom dancer, WDC European champion,  and has been awarded the title of multiple champion in Russia, Italy, Ukraine and Spain. She won her first World Cup at the Under 21 age category in Los Angeles, USA in 2006. She has been a pro teacher on Dancing With The Stars in Italy for five seasons and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance in Russia.

Colin Fuller

Director of Contemporary studies

Mr. Colin Fuller is a graduate of the prestigious Juliard School with a B.F.A. where he was named a Jerome L. Greene Fellow. Mr. Fuller is a classically trained dancer who studied with the School of the American Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and the Nederlands Dans Theater. He has performed the works of Jose Limon, Peter Martins, Brian Brooks, and Paul Lightfoot and as the lead in pieces by Merce Cunningham and Jiří Kylián. He brings to Melbourne City Dance Center considerable recent experience as a working dance professional on both stage and screen. He can guide our dancers with his knowledge of what is required of today’s dance students and working professionals. He will provide our students with a carefully crafted curriculum that integrates the foundation of their classical ballet training within the complex contemporary genre.


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