Val Salnikov

Val is originally from Russia, where he danced with the world famous Kirov Ballet. While taking classes from David Howard, Val met Mikhail Baryshnikov who later helped him launch his career in the United States. Val has successfully collaborated with Wynton Marsalis in the U.S., Mstislav Rostropovich in Europe, as well as other internationally respected dancers, choreographers, and musicians from around the world for nearly three decades. Since 2011, Val has served as a Ballet Master Instructor with  Jacksonville Center for the Arts and with the Jill Stanford Dance Center. Since joining GIBC Val has served as Artistic Director and Producer of From Russia with Ballet, The Nutcracker
and The Golden Gala

Val Salnikov instructs the following:
  • Adult/Open Ballet
  • This multi-level ballet class is designed for the beginning dancer as well as the more experienced.  Adults and teens 13 are encouraged to attend. There is no dress code for Adults.

  • Ballet Level III (Ages 9-12)
  • Ballet class is 3 times per week.  Perfect for the intermediate ballerina.  Pre Pointe Conditioning, Pointe and Modern are offered in addition to this class. Must have prior approval from instructor before enrollment. Dress Code: Solid Navy Leotard, Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes, Hair in a Bun

  • Ballet Level IV ( Ages 11-14)
  • Ballet class is 3 times per week. Perfect for the teen dancer who has mastered level III.  In addition to Ballet Class, Pre Pointe Conditioning, Pointe and Modern classes are available.  Dress Code: Teens solid black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in a bun. 

  • Pointe I
  • Beginning pointe work for students taking Ballet 3 times per week. Must have instructor approval. 

  • Pointe II
  • Intermediate pointe work for students taking Ballet 3 times or more per week. Must have instructor approval.

  • Introductory Ballet Series for Kids
  • For novice ballerinas, bootcamp to learn basic technique, terminology and postures.

  • Company Class (Ages 13 plus)
  • Ballet Class is 4 times per week.  All Dancers are part of the GIBC Corps de Ballet and will perform in Company Productions and Special Events. In addition to Ballet Class, Pointe and Modern are required.  Dress Code: Solid Black Leotard, Pink Tights and Pink Ballet Slippers.  Hair secured off the face and neck in a bun. ** Experienced Adults may drop into this class

  • Terrell Thomas Ballet Class
  • Special Open level ballet class for members of Terrell Thomas Boys & Girls Club.  Inspire a passion for the classical beauty of ballet the foundation for all Dance.  For Girls and Boys of all levels.