Nevada School of Dance
To provide the highest level of classical ballet training to the Greater Las Vegas community. By providing a caring, enjoyable and energetic atmosphere, we embrace the opportunity to train and mentor our pupils in the art of dance, as we encourage exploration in both movement and music. Whether their initial encounter to dance or furthering engagement in their pursuit of the arts, we strive to inspire fulfillment of personal potential and development of their own gifts and talents.
Ms. Gourkova began her classical ballet training at age seven in her birthplace, Donetsk, Ukraine. At age eleven she auditioned for admittance into the Kirov Ballet’s famed Vaganova Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia and was accepted. Thus began her association with legendary teachers, dancers and choreographers of Russia’s renowned Bolshoi and St. Petersburg ballet companies. Upon her graduation from the Vaganova school, she joined the Donetsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet where she rose to the rank of principal dancer. She later performed on international tours with the ‘cream’ of Russia’s ballet artists including Vladimir Vasiliev, Ekaterina Maximova and Nina Ananiashvili, among many others. During a tour of the USA she and her husband, Sergey Popov, came to the attention of Vassili Sulich and Nancy Houssels, co-founders of Nevada Ballet Theatre (then, Nevada Dance Theatre) and were engaged as principal dancers, positions they held from 1995 to 2000. After her retirement from the stage, Ms. Gourkova was contracted to teach at the company’s academy where she continues to conduct ballet and character classes and to provide choreography for its annual concerts. In addition, she is a faculty Teacher for Dance Masters of America. She is happy to be sharing her experience and expertise with the students of Nevada School of Dance.