Kyiv Municipal Academy of Circus and Variety Arts: www.circusacademy.kiev.ua
Kyiv Municipal Academy of Circus and Variety Arts is the only and unique of its kind higher educational establishment in Ukraine, training variety and circus professionals. The leading specialized higher educational establishment on an international scale, its graduates bringing fame to Soviet, Ukrainian and world circus and becoming the stars of home and foreign stage.
Over the 50 years of its existence it has traveled a long way from Republican circus and variety arts studio, later on reorganized to a state school, then Kyiv State College of Circus and Variety Arts, and finally, in 2008 gaining its today's status of Municipal Academy.
Presently 190 teachers of the Academy train 443 students of three faculties:
"Circus Art Faculty". Departments: circus acrobatics, aerial gymnastics, balancing acts, juggling, clowning, musical eccentricity, pantomime, illusion and manipulation, contemporary dancing, stand-up comedy, stage dolls.
"Musical Art Faculty". Departments - Variety Singing
"Theatrical art Faculty". Departments: stage direction of variety shows, theatrical performance and circus.
The achievements of Academy's graduates include: 27 awards at Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, 8 awards at Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo, awards and prizes at the leading circus festivals in China, USA, Germany, Hungary and Russia. Grand Prix and winning places at song festivals BENGIO Festival in Italy, "Slavianski Bazaar" in Vitebsk, International Contest "New Wave" in Jurmala and "Chernomorski Igry". The graduates of the Academy represented Ukraine at Eurovision Song Contest.
The Academy is proud of its graduates, famous in Ukraine and worldwide. Here are just some names. Illusion and manipulation: Evgeny Voronin, Galina Strutinskaya-Heiz, Viktor Voytko, Vitaly Gorbachevsky, Vlad Krivonogov; clowning: Semen Shuster, "Mimikrichi" theater, "Equivoque" comic trio, "Art-Obstril" clown syndicate, single handbalancing juggling and acrobatics: Yuriy Pozdnyakov, Viktor Kiktev, Anatoly Zalevsky, Evgeny Pimonenko, Yuriy Shavro and Diana Aleschenko, Eric Palchikov, Denis Tolstov, the Grinchenko brothers, Irina Pitsur, Natalia Vasiliuk, the Iroshnikov brothers, Aleksandr Koblikov and "Bingo" circus theater; choreography: "Freedom" ballet and "А6" ballet; stand-up comedy: Klara Novikova, Aleksandr Tsekalo, Vladimir Danilets and Vladimir Moiseyenko, Andrey Danilko; singers: Natalia Koroleva, Natalia Mogilevskaya, Svetlana Loboda, Anna and Angelina Zavalskaya ("Alibi" duo), Mika Newton, Max Barskikh and Eva Bushmina.
In 1998 Kyiv Municipal Academy of Circus and Variety Arts started its fruitful cooperation with Art of Artistic GmbH, which became Academy's official representative abroad in 2000. Art of Artistic organizes the visits of foreign promoters, directors, representatives of artistic agencies, international circus festivals, directors of the leading global circuses, European variety theaters, specialized journalists to the annual graduation show performances at the Academy, due to which visits this traditional annual event has become of international significance. Art of Artistic renders information, advertisement, financial and organizational support to the graduation examinations at Circus Art Faculty. Art of Artistic represents the Academy's graduates at Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, acts as sponsor and promoter of Academy's cooperation with the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil.