Brianna R. Furnish, Founder
Brianna R Furnish Is a native of Dallas, Texas, Furnish danced alongside her mother as a young child. At age 6, Furnish began formal studies in the Martha Graham modern dance technique, under the instruction of Julliard Graduate, Jerry Bywaters Cochran. At age 13, Furnish was encouraged to begin ballet training as a means for augmenting her chances for a professional modern dance career, and quickly fell in love with ballet. She began training with Denise and Evelyn Brown and a year later, on talent scholarship, with Dallas Ballet’s professional program, under the direction of Royal Danish Ballet‘s Flemming and Vivi Flindt. It was there that she first met and trained with the late great Madame Nathalie Krassovska, former prima ballerina with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, who became a significant mentor. A year later, Furnish was accepted to the School of American Ballet in New York, where she had the exceptional opportunity to study with Mme. Alexandra Danilova, Suki Shorer, Mme. Antonina Tumkovsky, Andrei Kramerevsky and Stanley Williams. She was then granted admission to the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied under the careful attention of former New York City Ballet ballerina, Ms. Melissa Hayden. Furnish performed for ballet companies in Dallas and Tennessee, including Krassovska Ballet Jeunesse and Tennessee Ballet (Memphis), while continuing private instruction with both Mme. Krassovska and the late Robert Scevers (Harkness Ballet). In June of 1997, Furnish founded Ballet Renaissance.
Radoslaw J Kokoszka, born in Wodzislaw Sl., Poland begun his ballet training at age 11 in Bytom, Poland. At age 13, he moved to United States with his family, settling in Hamtramck, MI. Kokoszka received numerous talent scholarships and trained at a number of prestigious professional ballet schools including: the Harid Conservatory (FLA), Boston Ballet (MA), Kirov Academy (Washington, DC) and completing his ballet training at the renowned School of American Ballet (New York City). Dancing professionally with Carolina Ballet (Raleigh, NC) Cedar Lake Dance Company (NYC) and Suzanne Farrell Ballet (Washington D.C.). Kokoszka had the privilege to dance alongside worlds greatest talent including Mikhail Baryshnikov and has taught for over 15 years ballet to aspiring dancers.