Regina Zarhina received her initial education in St. Petersburg, Russia. She fortified that with a Film Degree from Columbia College – Hollywood and further cemented it with an M.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of Colorado in Boulder. In the meantime, she’s managed to hold many jobs, including teaching in what felt like every dance school in Southern California, assisting her friends in film productions, dancing with every company that would have her, getting married and moving to Colorado, running her own (very distinguished and strictly ballet) school for 10 years, having a daughter, and embarking on a dance critic career in her free time. Then she moved to England, and for 3 whole years, she was learning how to drive on the left side of the road, while teaching at the prestigious Elmhurst School for Dance in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. There, she has made a few good friends and watched many of her students go onto prosperous European jobs. She’s also traveled the world, teaching, coaching and staging ballets extensively in Japan and just enjoying herself in France, Spain, and Greece. However, she then discovered that while driving on the left now came naturally, it was driving on the right that caused her confusions. She then elected to return to America, particularly because she received the most spectacular offer to become a Professor from the University of Utah, where she now teaches classes in ballet technique, pointe and variations, repertoire, and character dance. She is the also the head of the teaching program at the department and lectures on teaching methodologies. Professor Zarhina continues to publish articles and critical reviews, participates in conferences and festivals, and is often invited to teach master classes in the US and abroad. Regina privately coaches dancers for the Youth American Grand Prix and has developed the Y.A.G.P. Education Program, in which she represents several Universities throughout the United States.
Regina Zarhina has been granted an academic leave during the 2012 – 2013 academic year to write a book on the history of ballet methodology.