About us

The School of Russian Ballet opened the doors of its Sarasota-Bradenton studio in 2010 under the Artistic Direction of Sergiy Mykhaylov and Darya Fedotova, former international ballet dancers who trained at Kiev State Ballet School, one of the world’s best ballet colleges, using the Vaganova (Russian) Method of ballet training. This method is used at all levels of training, ages 3 through adult.

Students of all ages work with professional instructors in the atmosphere of care and support. They are given the opportunity to perform in full-length ballets each year, sharing the stage with international professional dancers. They also have the chance to perform in international ballet competitions.

The School of Russian Ballet not only enables the students to achieve their full potential as dancers, but we also believe it is important to have the students develop into well-rounded human beings with long-lasting friendships and a sense of confidence and healthy competition.

The School of Russian Ballet presents age-appropriate programs that safely build strength and flexibility  through a progression of Russian Ballet Techniques with emphasis on arm movement, jumps, and turns.

 The benefits of the School of Russian Ballet Programs:

  1. Internationally renowned faculty and guest artists.
  2. State of the art studios.
  3. Performance opportunities on a professional level including “The Nutcracker”, one other full length ballet performed with guest artists , and an end-of-the year recital that features variations from classical ballets.
  4. Elective classes including character, repertoire, variation, pas de deux, jazz, modern, and stretch-Pilates.

Children’s Program (Beginners, Pre-Ballet, Levels 1 and 2)

The Children’s Program offers an introduction to the art of dance by exposing the child to expression and creativity through movement.  Students learn discipline, coordination, movement to music, and begin to learn how to express feelings through dance.  There is a concentration on stretching and developing flexibility.  Classes at this level are fun, educational, and inspirational.

Intermediate Level

The Intermediate Level offers a more structured class environment.  The student receives increased formal training at the barre and in centre work.  Students at this level improve their ballet technique, and begin executing pirouettes and jumps.  They begin learning Character and Repertoire.  They also develop a stronger understanding of the body’s movement and when they are ready, they begin pointe work.

Advanced Level

Advanced students attend class five times a week and are able to refine their technique.  They receive a higher level of training in pointe, variation, repertoire, pas de deux, and enhance their versatility as dancers.  They also receive training in stretch-Pilates.

Pre-Professional Level

The Pre-Professional Program is designed for those students who are interested in a professional training experience.   It further develops technique and trains the dancer how to use movement as means to express emotion and tell a story.  Students are guided in the next steps toward a career in dance or higher education.