A native of Atlanta, Miki Hoiriis began serious dance training, after a few seasons as a competitive gymnast, at the Academy of Ballet Arts under the tutelage of Marina Levasheva and Stanislav Issaev before joining the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre (RMDT) Company in 1998. While dancing with the RMDT Company, Miki was trained by Miss Ruth, Susan Beebe, Anthony Parks, and others in both the Vaganova and Cecchetti styles of ballet as well as contemporary and modern.
Through college, Miki continued to work with RMDT in their Young Audiences program, which brings dance performance and education into local schools. After graduating with high honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she earned a BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages (French concentration), she began teaching ballet and contemporary in Atlanta. She worked with notable choreographers David Norwood and Charles “Bubba” Carr as well as performed with Brooks and Company Dance. Miki strongly believes in continuing education, and in addition to being a certified instructor for Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), she has become interested in kinesiology and has been studying independently to learn how it relates to ballet movement and the prevention of injury. She plans to continue to study and train in order to further develop her credentials.
In addition to dance, Miki is also passionate about language, having spent time after graduation traveling in France to hone her language skills. She believes this is a great asset in understanding the history and technique of ballet. Miki has also worked for a financial advisor as well as a wine specialist in a retail setting, leading her to attain an advanced certification with the Wine Spirits Education Trust (WSET). She believes in a well-rounded education for all students and is thankful for her opportunity to share her passion and knowledge.