Esmiana Jani (originally from Albania) of Broomall, Pennsylvania, is in her fifth season with The Washington Ballet Company after two seasons with The Washington Ballet Studio Company. She began training at the age of five in Greece. At age eight, Jani began dancing with the Academy of International Ballet (AIB) and Performing Arts in Media, PA. She has been studying ballet in the Bolshoi Conservatory style and performing ballet in the traditions of the Bolshoi for more than 10 years under Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy, both graduates of the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. At age 14, she became a member of International Ballet Classique, AIB’s pre-professional training company, performing throughout the region. Jani was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Jackson International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi; earned Third Place Senior Classical 2010 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in Philadelphia and was a participant in YAGP New York City Finals 2002-2011. Recently at a competitive New York City gala, Jani was chosen as one of the “Albanian American Success Stories.”
Photo by XMB Photography.