Marat Daukayev

Best Kids’ Ballet, August 2011
 
Talk about stage cred. Marat Daukayev, who is among the half-dozen teachers at his eponymous school, was a principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet. That rigorous background translates into technical expertise and not imperious commands. Classes are held seven days a week for children three and up. The curriculum emphasizes fun and body awareness over perfect arabesques. Boys-only classes, for future princes five and older, are also available.