In business since 1999
We give private and group lessons in your home or our classes
Chess, Math, Physics, Art, Piano, Ballet, and Russian Language lessons for students of all levels from kindergarten
to university with experienced teachers
v Weekend group lessons in Ellen Chess Club
v Weekdays group lessons in school chess clubs on the Eastside
v Private lessons in your home in mutually convenient time
v Lessons include:
o Lectures on chess topics
o Puzzles bases on our chess curriculum
o Playing time
v Private lessons in your home or our studio
v We are members of National Guild of Piano Teaches
v We have recitals twice a year and exam with the Guild professors once a year
v Our program is a combination of Russian and US methods which proved to give great results.
v Group lessons on Saturday and Sunday
v We provide the latest books and manuals
Math, Physics, Art:
v Group and private lessons in your home or our studio
v Program competes with the best private schools in the state
v Group lessons in our studio
v Group lessons in
main campus every Friday
Sammamish, WA 98074
According to an article printed in the
San Francisco Chronicle, titled
“Stanford Study Links Arts Classes to Academic Achievement,” Stanford professor Shirley Brice Heath is responsible
for this research and is also a senior scholar at the Carnegie foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The article stated
that students who participate in after-school music and art programs are “more likely to win academic awards and achievements.”
The article also stated that research has shown that children, who partake in the arts and music, tend to use and therefore
develop more advanced linguistic and cognitive thinking skills. This includes long-term planning, as well as critiquing and
focused attention, which has both social and academic benefits
research also found four major benefits for after-school additional lessons. First, students are four times more likely to
win an academic award. Secondly, they are eight times more likely to receive a community service award. Third, they are three
times more likely to win a school attendance award and lastly, they are four times more likely to participate in a math or
comparing students who took the SAT in 1995, studies found that those who “studied the arts and music for more than
four years scored higher than students who did not. The scores were 59 points higher on the verbal section and 44 points higher
in the math.”
with these staggering findings, most students do not participate in the weekly arts and music. Also, it is additional education
that is the first to go when there is a budget cut in schools because it is an “expendable frill.” Most unfortunately,
today only one in four students in the
United States has the
opportunity to participate in some form of art activity.
won't have to spend time brining kids to our School - we can come to your house for private lessons at mutually convenient
use the world best teaching methods, and our students quickly make progress. Our chess students are champions in their grades.
Our piano students are first place winners in music competitions.
contact Elena 425/445-6829
popular piano teacher and
a Chair-person of the National Guild of Piano Teachers offers lessons in the studio or your home.
Music is a part of me. I have a bachelor degree and more than 22 years of teaching experience. I have lived in the
for 10 years, and I have been giving piano lessons for about 9 years. I really love my job and my students.
My assistant is my son Slava. He graduated
Russia and was laureate of several piano tournaments.
Our lesson includes a big number of exercises for hands and fingers development
and improving the ear for music, Scales, Solfeggio, Music Theory, Music Literature, Practical Lessons, Classical Music, Modern
Music, Dance Music, Popular music from Children Moves.
Our students memorize all the pieces they play. Twice a year we have a
recital for parents and friends. Once a year we have an audition before a professor from the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Every student gets a certificate with an official level based on the number, difficulty and quality of the prepared pieces.
We choose music books for my students. If you don't have a piano, I can
help you find one. Last year we took 6 my students to the Performing Art Eastside
Competition. Two of them received “Good Performer” certificate; other 3 received “Honorable Mention”,
and my best level 5 student received “Excellence in Performance”.
We use my own teaching method which proved to give high quality results fast. We give lessons to student of all ages
starting with 5.
Wish you the best in music education.
Contact Slava 425/445-1308
Chess Senior Master Washington State Champion SLAVA
MIKHAILUK ofers lessons and consultation for students of any age and level.
Chess is a both a good educational tool and sport. It tichers kids to
concentrate, make lological decisions, and compete. Also, chess is just a fune game.
I started playing chess at the age of 11. By the time of high school graduation, I was master and
played on Russian national level. Three yers ago I played in the US championship. I am four times WA state champion.
Over the last 7 years I have been given chess lessons. My students take part in lokal and national tournaments,
and they are on top of their grades. I have several state champions. One of
my students finished 3-rd in 3-rd grade National championship.
Most of the
kids play successfully in adult tournaments.
I offer a wide variety of puzzles and exercises on improving the students'
play. During the course I cover all the major aspects of modern chess including opening theory, main endgame positions, standard
middle game patterns and more. My lessons are based on Russian chess system which brought up many strongest champions.
I will be working with my father, Gennady Chepur. He was a teacher in
Russia. He was my first chess coach, and currently
helps me with the lessons. Gennady will substitute me when I go play in tournaments.
I give both
private and group lessons in schools and at students' homes.
Contact Gennady 425/444-9197
GENNADY CHEPUR offers theoretical and practical art lessons in
drawing and painting, mathematics and chess
I graduated from an Art
School and Technical
I have more than 20 years
of pedagogical experience. I started to conduct lessons in 1977 in Russian
I am an author of several manuals for math calculations in electronics for students.
My last position in Russia
was a manager of a team of teachers. I used and promoted progressive teaching
methods by Victor Shatalov and Sofia Lisenkova.
I have 7 years of
teaching experience in America.
In teaching math, my main reference is the Math’s Methodical complete set developed by Indonesian Scientists.
My Chess lessons are
based on the program for kids developed by a chess Grandmaster and World Champion Susan Polgar and a leading Russian
International Master Mark Dvoretskiy.
In the Art
Studio you will learn the techniques of drawing with pencil and ink, and painting.
The program I follow is based on a typical
of Arts. Beginners first learn how to draw with pencil. They learn the feeling of form, structure of the object. They learn
to place correct shadows.
Next step is drawing with color pencils. Here students
start drawing in real 3-dementional space. They can correctly draw real objects such as people, animals, and trees.
My advanced students learn how to draw with watercolor.
Depending on the goal, students use different color and brushes.
Finally, I teach using computers in drawing by combining
real pictures with computer-generated graphics.
My goal in teaching is not only teach students drawing but also give them the feeling of the wonderful, basics
of esthetic, and increase their imagination.
I give both private and group lessons in schools and at students' homes.
limits of my language are the limits of my world.
Through the different successful careers in my life, I
finally found myself enjoying teaching more than
from St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, I worked as
a mechanical engineer.
moving to Israel, I fell in love with history.
took a History course in the University of Jerusalem,
graduated Israel School of Tourism, and started the
career of a tour guide. My challenge was to wrap the
huge volume of historical information spread across the
Holy Land to lively talks in perfect Russian in order to
draw people attention and interest. Working on
expressiveness of my speech and stories, polishing and
enriching my language, I became quite popular among
Russian tourists. I guided pilgrims, students, and VIP
guests, including the family of Russian Federation
Guiding is akin to teaching. I
felt it well when my five years old daughter went to a
Russian school in the heart of Jerusalem, and I started
there as a substitute teacher of fairytales and Russian
lessons. Teaching Russian as a second language is not an
easy task. It requires creative approach, making
learning a fun adventure. Games, computer, and new books
are my favorite tools of work with young students. With
my 11 years’ teaching experience I continue looking for
new forms, methods, and best practices.
of our kids are lucky to have grandparents who speak
Russian. To be able to communicate with them builds a
bridge to them, to the heritage and history they
maintain this connection keeps alive memories, stories,
and traditions. It’s a wonderful reliable source of
you talk to a man in a language he understands, that
goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own
language, that goes to his heart.
‒ Nelson Mandela
Miss Yanina Mikhaylyuk is a
highly experienced and accredited ballet teacher. She
began her training at the State Ballet School in
Khabarovsk, Russia. After graduating she became a member
of the State Musical Theater. In 1993, Miss. Yanina
attended Saint-Petersburg, University of Humanitarian
Arts, Russia. In 1998 she graduated with honors as a
“Ballet Master” specializing in choreography, ballet,
character and historical dance.
In 2003, Miss Yanina moved to
Eastside with her family and began teaching at the
Academy of Performing Arts in Redmond. Over the next
five years, she worked with many ballet schools in the
Eastside. Then in the fall of 2009, she enter to ballet
department of Art Achool Ellen in Redmond Town Center.
After 3 years of successful work the Art School Ellen
moved to larger premises in East Business Park, Redmond.
Miss Yanina has performed many classical and character
roles in Russia and America in productions with
For last five years she has
released on a big stage as a choreographer ballets such
as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cats, Chipollino and brand
new kids ballet Emelya, based on Russian folk tales.
Her teachings were demonstrated
by the accomplishments and awards her students brought
home from numerous ballet competitions.
Victoria Gutierrez started
dancing at the age of ten and after 8 years of
professional training she received her dance degree from
the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) in Mexico
In 2007 she moved to Seattle,
where she has performed as a company member with
Evergreen City Ballet, ARC Dance, International Ballet
Theater and Katie Hagelin Dance Proyect.
She has also done choreography
for Le Faux Show in Seattle and is currently teaching
Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance at multiple schools
in the Eastside.
After graduating from high
school Maria entered and successfully completed
Moscow Regional College of Culture and Arts,
specializing in choreography (1990-1993). Then,
Maria entered and successfully completed Moscow
State University of Culture and Arts (1993-1997).
Since 2002, Maria has been teaching choreography and
rhythmic in a kindergarten at Saint Nicholas
Cathedral in Seattle.
In 2006 she founded a
children’s choreographic group “Zhar-Ptitsa”
(“Phoenix”). The group’s main emphasis was on
Russian folk dancing.
In 2009 she founded
adult dancing group “Ivan-da-Mar’ya” and became
its director and choreographer. The group
studies and performs Russian folk dances, dances
of nationalities of the former USSR, dances of
other world countries, and modern dances.
started dancing when she was only 5 years
old. She began in a school sports class of
rhythmic gymnastics, where ballet training
to be trained at the theater ballet school,
“Terpsichore”, where she refined her ballet
skills, as well as engaged in modern dance,
jazz, and mastered different styles of
participated in master classes with Russian,
French, and American teachers of modern
jazz, classical jazz, and contemporary
dance. Yulia graduated from the Ural State
University with a Master’s Degree of Arts in
phase of Yulia’s dance career began more
than 10 years ago. Her style combines the
knowledge and experience she has gained over
the years, with a deep dedication to both
dance and gymnastics.
enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge;
inspiring her students, and proving that
they can achieve far more than they first
character dance instructor
has been teaching at Academy of Russian
Classical Ballet for five years and has 8
years of total teaching experience. Her
ballet career began when she was 4 years
old. Over the past 5 years, under the
guidance of her teacher Yanina Mikhaylyuk,
Andrea danced all the main roles in
productions of Redmond Children’s Ballet
sharing her love and passion for dance to
her students. In her last two years of high
school, she took part in the Running Start
Program, attending Bellevue College to earn
high school credit, and earned her
Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences in
2014. She is currently working towards her
Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in dance at
Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.
Megan Becker has been
dancing and teaching professionally for the past
She trained with the
Hartford Ballet School, Ballet West, Alvin
Ailey, Fresno Ballet, and Richmond Ballet to
name a few. She was a company member of Spokane
Ballet and is currently dancing with Katy
Hagelin Dance Project. She’s choreographed and
taught at highly respected institutions like
Seattle Pacific University, Pacific Northwest
Ballet, Shoreline Community College, Taproot
Theater, Gonzaga University, the Russian
Classical Ballet School, Spokane Civic Theater,
and the School of Acrobatics and New Circus.
For three years she ran
Drybones Artist Collective, an organization that
used the arts to explore social justice issues
and contributes to other organizations making a
difference in the city of Seattle. Drybones
received numerous grants from the City of
Seattle to support its productions. She also
does theater and musical theater professionally.
She’s trained and has performed professionally
in all styles of dance, but her first love
contemporary and jazz.