Youth Program Director, Instructor
Raissa Chazova received her training from a Professional Ballet school in Kazakhstan instructing in the Vaganova style, one of the few remaining from the former Soviet Union. During the following 8 years she studied classical ballet, as well as character and contemporary dance, and spent a full year at the Novosibirsk Ballet School in Russia, accruing over 7,000 hours of classical training. In 2006 Raissa was hired as an apprentice and performed with The National Ballet Theater of Kazakhstan for 2 years sharing her talents in many classical ballets, including Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Legend of Love to name a few. In 2007 she was a participant in The First Korean International Ballet Competition.
In 2008 Raissa joined the School of Oregon Ballet Theater where she broadened her neoclassical ballet horizons, learning the Balanchine style and performing in OBT’s productions of Swan Lake(Christopher Stowell) and The Nutcracker(George Balanchine). The following year Raissa returned to Kazakhstan where she began her teaching career and was hired, only months later, as the Artistic Director of “The Dance Academy”. She simultaneously took on the role of Ballet Coach for a rhythmic gymnastics team that would go on to win multiple, and consecutive, gold medals in international competition under her tutelage. Raissa returned to the United States in 2012 teaching for the Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy(Portland, OR), as well as acting as lead coach, and later Program Director, for Rose City Rhythmic Performing Arts and Collaborative.
In September 2015 she brought her talents to San Jose, California where she immediately joined the faculty of Los Gatos Ballet and Contra Costa Ballet Center. Quickly falling in love with the Los Gatos Ballet faculty, students and overall atmosphere Raissa has recently accepted the position of Program Director. She looks forward to focusing all her creative and technical energies on this program, as it will be the first time in her teaching career that she will fully dedicated herself to one school. Raissa is excited to share her unique classical background with the students to achieve a higher level of excellence and self understanding. She looks forward to collaborating with the staff of Los Gatos Ballet to help shape the lives of our talented young individuals.