RGBT Founder and Artistic Director

Master Grigorian received his ballet training at the Kirov Ballet School and the Baku Choreographic Institute. For twenty years, he was the principal dancer with the Baku Theater of Opera and Ballet, dancing lead roles in such ballets as Don Quixote, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and more.

Several ballets were made expressly for Master Grigorian. As a performer, he toured the world with stars of the Bolshoi and the Kirov Ballet Companies. Master Grigorian was awarded two highly prestigious awards for his performances: The People's Artist of Azerbaidzhan and Laureate of State Prize of the USSR; both are extraordinary honors for an artist. He was the choreographer for the European, World, and Olympic Ice Dancing group Linichyk, and a teacher for the Moscow Theatre Studio of Musical Art.

Master Grigorian served as the choreographer for the Russian Stars Ensemble in the Mark Twain Musical Drama from 1989-1995. In 1991, he opened the Rafael Grigorian School of Classical Ballet in the Elmira and Corning area of NY. In 1998, the school expanded to the Binghamton area. The Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes of NY has recently honored Master Grigorian with an award for his outstanding work in the community.

Recently, Master Grigorian staged two full-length ballets for the Buffalo Ballet and the Neglia Ballet Artists in Buffalo, NY (Giselle and Romeo & Juliet). He also staged Sleeping Beauty for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. He was a guest instructor at the Lexington Ballet in Kentucky. He has staged The Nutcracker in Nagaoy, Japan. He choreographed the dream scene of Hansel and Gretel in the Tri-Cities’ Opera production, Binghamton, NY. He has recently taught master classes at the Ballet Classique in Iceland. Currently he teaches master classes at CPYB, Ballet Academy East in New York City, Ithaca College, Ithaca Ballet Center, Alfred Ballet Academy, New York Ballet Academy, and the Peabody Institute of Maryland.

Angela Kucera

Miss Angela began her training in ballet and pointe at the Roberson School of Ballet in Binghamton over 25 years ago, continuing at Rafael Grigorian’s School of Ballet, where she began teaching in 2002. She attended the NYS Summer School of the Arts for 5 summers, the Russian Ballet Seminar (Scranton, PA), and the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC. While obtaining her B.S. & M.S. in Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University, Angela was a member of the Kickline dance team. Angela has also studied character, tap, jazz, ballroom, and musical theater, and has performed with Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre, Tri-Cities Opera, Moscow Ballet, MAS, and SRO Productions III.

Alicia Mantey

Ms. Mantey had the privilege of training with Master Grigorian for over a decade, dancing various features roles including Vasilisa in Baba YagaMashaSpanish and as a soloist in Waltz of the Flowers and Snow in The Russian Nutcracker.  She attended Mercyhurst University on scholarship as a dance major where she graduated with a B.A. in Dance with a dual major in Psychology.  While at Mercyhurst, she danced featured roles in ballets such as PaquitaCoppelia, and original works by various guest choreographers.  She performed in Mercyhurst’s production of George Balanchine’s Serenade, dancing the role of Elegy Girl, staged by Judith Fugate.  While in Erie, PA, she performed with the Lake Erie Ballet Company in the corp de ballet and as a soloist in The Nutcracker.  She has attended summer programs with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Washington Ballet where she danced the lead role of Tiger Lily in Septime Weber’s Peter Pan.  Ms. Mantey works at Corning Incorporated and resides in Horseheads, NY with her husband and three children.  She is thrilled to be an instructor at the school and member of the RGBT Board.

Artistic Director – Master Rafael Grigorian

Administrative Director
Mrs. Nina Grigorian
Mrs. Mantey (Elmira)
Mrs. Olga Andrejev (Vestal)
Faculty – Elmira
Master Grigorian
Mrs. Mantey
Mrs. Hogan
Vestal – Faculty
Master Grigorian
Mrs. Olga Andrejev
Miss Kucera