Sergiy Mykhaylov – Artistic Director, Teacher.
graduated in 1995 from The National Ballet School of Ukraine where he worked for three yearsmoving from the corps de ballet to soloist. During these three years he also worked as a soloist with The Classical Ballet of Paris.
In 1998 he joined Orlando Ballet as a principal dancer, under the direction of Fernando Bujones.
In 2001he began working as a principal dancer with Sarasota Ballet of Florida, under the direction of Robert de Warren.
Throughout his life, Mr. Mykhaylov has danced leading roles in all the classical repertoire. He has also danced many of the prominent works of The Royal Ballet repertoire. This includes works by K. Macmillan, R. North, G. Balanchine, and J. Cranko. He has also danced the leading roles in F. Ashton’s “Two Pigeons”, and A. Prokovskiy’s “Anna Karenina”. He is a well-respected guest artist around the world.
Mr. Mykhaylov has worked with Fernando Bujones, Alexei Ratmansky, Vadim Pisarev, Vadim Fedotov, and Elizabeth Maurin, a regular partner of Rudolph Nureyev.
He was also a silver medalist at The Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition and Festival.
He has taught and choreographed at Orlando Ballet School, Terada Ballet Academy in Japan, Sarasota Ballet School, Russian Ballet School of America in Orlando, FL, Arts Ballet Theater of Florida (Miami), Florida Ballet Arts Academy, and more.
Darya Fedotova – Artistic Director, Teacher.
trained at The National Ballet School of Ukraine and upon graduation in 1993, she danced for 5 years with The National Ballet of Ukraine and toured many European countries. She later joined The Classical Ballet of Paris.
In 1997 she was invited to work with Orlando Ballet under the direction of Ferdinand Bujones and Vasiliy Petruty.
In 2001 she joined Sarasota Ballet of Florida.
Ms. Fedotova’s repertoire includes principal and solo roles in “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, “Giselle”, “Don Quixote”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Paquita”, “Dying Swan”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Coppelia”, “Spartacus”, “Les Sylphides”, “Scheherazade”, “Cinderella”. She danced in Robert de Warren’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Madame Butterfly”; and choreography by Balanchine, Ashton, MacMillan.
Ms. Fedotova also worked as Ballet Master for Sarasota Ballet of Florida and taught and choreographed in Orlando Ballet School, Sarasota Ballet School, Florida West Ballet, Orlando City Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy, and Universal Performing Arts Center.
Darya Fedotova comes from a prominent Ballet family; her parents were Principal dancers for The National Ballet of Ukraine and now direct The Russian Ballet Academy and Orlando Ballet in Florida.
Sandra Roberts – Manager.
has been the Studio Administrator since its opening in 2___ . After teaching high school in Michigan for 23 years, she received a second Master’s Degree in Psychology and worked as a therapist for 14 years before moving to Florida in 2003 where she worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence.
Sandra’s work in the studio consists of managing the office, working with performance venues, fundraising, and assisting the directors. Having worked with children and adolescents her whole life, she considers her work at the studio a perfect fit and extremely rewarding.