NAMED ONE OF “NINE DANCEMAKERS MAKING HISTORY” …Cover Story Dance Spirit MagazineGDM- Is currently on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College (18 yrs), Montclair State University (7 yrs) and Rider/ARB’s Princeton Ballet School (18 yrs). He is a member of Actor’s Equity and an associate member of The Society of Directors and Choreographers. Geoff was the Artistic Director of The Mantis Project Dance Company (10 yrs). He holds a BA from SUNY Empire State in Dance with a concentration in Musical Theatre. As a performer, Mr. Doig-Marx appeared in the Equity National Tours and Regional Theater Productions of West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Dames at Sea, Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar and many others. As a Producer Geoffrey received a Certificate of Excellence in Cultural Achievement from the Manhattan Borough President office of The Mayor of New York City for his work as Artistic Director of The Elan Awards which has become a permanent part of the dance archives for The New York City Performing Arts Library. Geoffrey Doig-Marx was resident choreographer of Park Playhouse 8years. Choreography credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Fiddler on the Roof, Hands on a Hardbody, The Producers, The Fantasticks, “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” for Director Clay James and “Cabaret” was named one of the top 10 shows of 2012 by Bob Geopfert. GDM is also a Fine Arts Artist and is currently the resident artist at POSH NYC and the West End Club. His art hangs at Peridance and The Martha Graham School/Company space. He has painted and created art for Chita Rivera, Patina Miller, Allison Janney, Charlotte d’Amboise, Terrence Mann, Donna McKechnie and Vanessa Williams.
Yuliya Rakova was born in Russia and began her ballet training at the age of ten at the Perm Ballet Schoo, home of the famed Russian ballet traditions. Her studies included Classical Ballet, Character, Historic dance, Pas de Deux, History of Theater, History of Art and Music, Acting, Stage Make-up, History of European and American Ballet. Upon graduating in 1995, she was invited to join the Perm Ballet Theater and danced with the company for five years before moving to Moscow, where she joined Moscow Dance Theater of Alexei Fadeechev. Mme. Rakova was featured in the modern dance choreographer Stanton Welsh `s world premiere Opus X. In 2001 she was invited to join Russian National Ballet and danced with the company until she moved to United States. She has worked with notable choreographers such as Trey McIntyre, Stanton Welsh, Ben Stevenson and Alexei Ratmansky. Her repertoire includes soloist roles in Swan Lake, Coppélia, Don Quixote, Chopeniana, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, Paquita, Raymonda, Cinderella and Nutcracker.
She currently lives in Philadelphia where she teaches and choreographs regularly around the area. She also travels to teach in New York, New Jersey, California, South Carolina and Russia. As an accomplished dancer and experienced teacher, Yuliya Rakova likes to share her knowledge with passion for young dancers.
Princeton Ballet School has more than 30 specialized faculty members. Many have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won major teaching awards. All are committed to our philosophy of dance education and to helping students achieve their best. Members of our outstanding faculty have performed professionally with companies including:
- American Ballet Theatre
- Joffrey Ballet
- New York City Ballet
- American Repertory Ballet