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Max Ratevosian graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia and later from the State University of Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. in Moscow with a degree major of Ballet Master, Teacher and Choreographer.

During his 20 year tenure at the Moscow State Ballet Theater, he was Principal Dancer, Teacher and Ballet Master. As a professor at the University of Shepkin, Theatrical Division, Max taught Stage Movement and Dance for Dramatic Arts. At the University of Luncharsky G.I.T.I.S., Theatrical Division in Moscow, he also taught Methodology for Classical Dance.

Max's former students have become dancers in major ballet companies throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia. While some have achieved great success in various international dance competitions in Moscow, Varna, Paris and Denmark.

In 1991, Max was invited to Canada to teach at L'Ecole Superieure de Dance du Quebec, in Montreal, The National Ballet School and the National Ballet of Canada, in Toronto, as well as McMaster University, in Hamilton. Over the years, he has been invited as a guest teacher to a variety of schools and companies throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

Max has staged classical ballet productions such as Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Paquita and Les Sylphides.

Max is a guest teacher at Ballet Jorgen in Toronto.

Melania Pawliw graduated from L'Ecole Superieure de Dance du Quebec, in Montreal, and later danced as a soloist with Les Ballets Classiques de Montreal. In 1989, by invitation of the Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Melania performed with the Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theatre, and became the first Canadian to dance with the company. In 1990, Melania co-founded "Le Ballet National du Quebec", a professional ballet company, uniting dancers from Ukraine and Quebec.

1992 found Melania participating in the 15th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Upon her return to Montreal, Ballet Ouest invited Melania to perform the lead roles in Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker and Giselle.

In 1993-1994, at the National Ballet School, in Toronto, Melania worked assisting Olga Balracheeva, a renowned teacher of the Vaganova Academy of Ballet of St. Petersburg and attended the National Ballet School's teachers training seminars. For the next five years she taught in Montreal at the L'Ecole Superieure de Danse Du Quebec, as well as L'Ecole de Ballet du Haut-Richelieu.

Melania has choreographed ballets for children such as "The Four Seasons", "The Enchanted Flower", "Carnival of Venice" and "A Grandfather's Story".