In class as a Teacher In class as a Ballerina On stage with a colleаgue from Moscow Ballet
Ms. Svetlana Ferdinandova M.A., P.G.D.
Ms. Ferdinandova is a respected Classical Ballet Pedagogue and Ballet Mistress with an extensive background, education, dance and teaching experience throughout Europe and USA!
Half Russian, Bulgarian born she is trained in Varna State Opera House Professional Ballet class, where she performed meantime and after graduation. As a professional Ballerina, Soloist and Principal Dancer later she performed throughout Europe in various theaters. After several years she became also a Training Mistress in the well known Elbe-Elster Theater(Drama-Opera-Ballet),Germany.
After the Ballet School Ms. Ferdinandova's education spans: Three years of State College for Ballet Performing and Pedagogy(Sofia); Four years of State Music Academy, Ballet Faculty(Sofia), where she also received her M.A. in Ballet Pedagogy. After 3 years she received her PGD in Ballet Choreography(Ballet Mistress). Ms. Ferdinandova is very proud of her last teacher prof. Troffimova, who was a pupil of Damme A. Vaganova herself(creator of Vaganova Method)!
During her careеr all her teachers and professors were from Bulgaria(Sofia) and Russia- Moscow and St. Petersburg, where the Russian/Vaganova Method was founded, such as: Galina and Stefan Jordanov, Nikolay and Marina Kolyadenko-honory artist of Belarus(USSR), prof. Bogoeva-honory artist of Bulgaria, prof. Lukanov; prof. Tarasova, prof. Gromova, and prof. Troffimova- Methodist in the State Professional Ballet School - "Vaganova Ballet Academy", St. Petersburg, Russia.
Before her arrival to USA Ms. Ferdinandova was Ballet Teacher in one of the most prestigious art schools in Europe- National School of Arts D. Hristov(equivalent to Juilliard School in Manhattan)- Faculty "Classical Ballet". Many of her students became Professional Ballet Dancers in Opera Houses all over the world, some of them graduated in Ballet universities and became Ballet Teachers in Professional State Ballet Schools in Europe, Africa and USA.
Last, she was main Ballet teacher in Ossining Rec Center and a Head Teacher and Ballet Mistress of the Classical Ballet Studies and Company 691 at YMCA, Wyckoff, NJ, where she staged many Concerts and Ballet Performances, such as "Nutcracker", "Paquita", etc. The last performance she staged was "Spring Ballet Night"- a Class Concert, featuring "Joffrey Ballet Concert Group", Manhattan, NY
Ms. Ferdinandova is proud that is born in "The Ballet Town" of Varna, where in 1964 was founded the First International Ballet Competition in the world for Professional Classical Ballet Dancers. This is the place where Vassiliev, Barishnikov, Makarova, Simkin, Bessmertnova, Dupont, Guillem, Guerra, Bujones, and many more world known Ballet Dancers began their Ballet Career! She is proud also with the fact that Mr. Jordanov- the Founder of Varna Ballet Competition, was her First Ballet Teacher! She attended more then 20 Summer International Professional Ballet Seminars and Competitions as a Dancer and a Teacher in Varna (she participated in its organization for several years).
Ms. Ferdinandova is a member of Bulgarian and Russian Ballet Guild and member of European and International Ballet Associations.
She is also a Proficient Piano Player, and Fluent in: Bulgarian, Russian, English, German, uses French
After more than 28 years in teaching Classical Ballet throughout Europe and USA, using Ballet Method and Pedagogy, and the experience she has as a dancer and a teacher, gives her the greatest opportunity to reach the student's world and their souls and teach them to fell in love with Ballet!
Milgar Tabaosares - Master T - Master and Judge
TAE KWON DO
Master Tabaosares- TKD Master and Judge, has been trained in Martial Arts for more then 26 years. Starting in Philippines with different styles, arriving to USA he started to focus only on Tae Kwon Do. Currently he holds Second Dan(Degree) Kukkiwon Black Belt.
Important Information: TKD is Korean Karate, and M-r Tabaosares is trained with Korean Kukkiwon Cerified Masters only and is Kukkiwon Certified himself. Kukkiwon is the Official Taekwondo governing organization. South Korean government's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism established Kukkiwon as the National Sport Academy and is government-sponsored unified style of Taekwondo. Kukkiwon is often referred as Olympic-style, because since 2000 it has been one of the only two Asian martial arts (the other being Judo) that are included in the Olympic Games. Only participants with Taekwondo Dan through Kukkiwon are eligible to be in the Olimpics and other official events!
As an instructor M-r Tabaosares has more than 8 years of teaching experience in different places, such as: Public schools-after school program, dance schools, Recreation Centers, etc- Tri-State area. He teaches Children and Adults- all Ages and Levels in Self-Defense, Discipline, Self Control, Perseverance, Respect, Sparring, and more.
He and/with his students also participate on Stage with Demonstration, such as: Poomsaes(Forms), Sparing, board breaking, etc. in annual Concerts-Recitals in Dance Schools where he teaches.
In USA Master Tabaosares started his training in TKD in Jiho Choi TKD Institute, NJ. Later he got a Black Belt - First Dan in Sil Jeon TKD Center, NJ. After several years he took Second Dan Black Belt in Yoo’s Martial Arts School, NJ/NY, where he is still practicing daily to keep in shape, to develop his skills and increase his Dan. Currently he is preparing for the Third Dan Black Belt.
Result-oriented he is very responsible and dedicated to his job.
As a competitor he participated in Competitions and Championships throughout the Tri-State Area with several awards. During last several years he was also invited as a Judge.
Attention: In a traditional Tae Kwon Do school in South Korea, Tae Kwon Do only have 6 Belts (white, yellow, green, blue, red and black). Any school with more then 6 belts are in it for money.
If you receive a black-belt certificate from anywhere other then Kukkiwon, it is because your instructor is a fake/ phony and he is not Kukkiwon certified/ recognized.
Mr. Vladimir Roje M.A.
CLASSICAL BALLET (Vaganova/Russian Method)
PARTNERING, VARIATIONS, MALE BALLET CLASSES,
Principal Dancer & Ballet Teacher
Mr. Roje worked with dancers, teachers and balletmasters from: Russia, Cuba, Austria, Bulgaria,USA(ABT and NYC Ballet), etc.
He worked as a Principal Dance in National Opera Ballet in Sofia(Bulgaria), Austria, Germany, Belgium, etc., turing all over the world, such as: Russia, India, Italy, Germany, Japan, Greece, Spain, across USA and more.
For the last 10 years warked at New Jersey Ballet Company Livingston, As a Principal Dancer and a Ballet Teacher
His repertoire includes Leading Roles in: Swan Lake, Silvia, Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Giselle, Napoli, Flower Festival in Genzano, La Fille mal gardee, Carmina Borana, An American in Paris, Sleeping Beauty, Copland, West Side Story, Gershwin Songs, 5 Tangos and more.
Coached and rehearsed by many world Ballet Pedagoques and Ballet Masters, such as:
Yuri Grigorovich (Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Russia), Marina Kondratieva (Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Russia), Irina Kolpakova (Kirov Ballet), Brigite Tom (Berlin State Opera, Germany) and many more
Stowe Dance Academy Stowe, VT - 2008 - Present
College Professor in Fei Tian Academy of the Arts -2016 - Present
Guest Ballet Teacher
Westchester Ballet Company/SchoolOssining, NY
Kozlov Dance International Ridgewood, NJ
Albany Berkshire Ballet Albany, NY
Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory NYC
Varna State School of Art, Faculty Ballet- Bulgaria (Summer Workshop)
Bachelor of Arts- State Academy of Music and Arts, Faculty-Ballet Pedagogy /Vaganova method, Sofia
Master of Arts (Choreography and Direction- Ballet Master), same Academy.
Mr Roje is a participant and medal winner in many Professional Internationals Ballet Competitions:
1986- 12th International Ballet Competition, Varna, Bulgaria - best couple, juniors
1986- Opening Gala of the 3rd International Ballet Competition, Paris, France
1987-5th International Ballet Competition, Osaka, Japan - finalist
1988-13th International Ballet Competition, Varna, Bulgaria - best couple, seniors
1988-National Ballet Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria - second prize, silver medal
1989-6th International Ballet Competition, Moscow, Russia - finalist
1990-14th International Ballet Competition Varna, Bulgaria - 3rd prize, bronze medal
1998-International Ballet Competition, Luxembourg - 2nd prize
Mrs. Nadia Dragieva
Half Russian Bulgarian born Mrs. Dragieva began studying Ballet at the age of 7 in her native country of Bulgaria. By the age of 18 she was asked to join the Bulgarian National Opera and Ballet. Soon after joining, she became a Primary Soloist.
Ms. Dragieva is trained in Vaganova(Russian) Method and had been part of many ballet and musical performances. She is respected for her strong belief that ballet technique is the foundation for all dance styles. She has a very passionate and loving way of passing this belief on to all that work with her.
Since 2003 Mrs Dragieva has been teaching Classical Ballet- all ages and levels, in several schools in New York, and choreographing many dances for annual Recitals and Concerts.
As Mrs Ferdinandova's student in one point, she is proud to pass on the Classical Ballet Vaganova method to all her students: children and adults.
Mrs. Dragieva is fluent in Bulgarian, Russian, English and some French.
Mrs. Marina Del'Elmo
Ballet Teacher/Ballet Mistress
Half Russian, half italian Mrs. Del'Elmo is Classical Ballet Teacher Vaganova/Russian Method. She graduated from Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts, Ballet Faculty, Moscow, Russia.
After her career as a professinal Ballerina she has more than 25 years as a Teacher, Director and Ballet Mistress in Latin America - Caracas, Venezuela and USA in various schools and companies in tri-state area such as: Staten Island Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, New Jersey Ballet, etc.
Mrs. Del'Elmo is fluent in Russian, Italian, English, Spanish and some French.
Ms. Anastasiia Fedorova was born in Moscow, Russia. She began studying dance at the age of 5, and later graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She continued her ballet training at Bolshoi to acquire her Bachelor Degree (Bachelor of Choreographic Training and Teaching). Principal dancers from The Bolshoi Theater mentored her and gave her many opportunities to dance numerous roles in classical repertoire performed in the Bolshoi Theater such as: Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Don Quixote and Notre Dame de Pari (with the respected choreographer Roland Petit). After graduation she was invited to work for Kremlin Ballet Company, where she danced all classical repertoires. While on a world tours she experienced the most prestigious stages in various countries, such as: United Arab Emirates, Greece, China, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Russia and more. In 2012 Ms. Fedorova won 1st place in the International Ballet Competition – “Transformation” , St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2015, she competed in the World Ballet Art Competition in New York City, winning 1st place, which got her an invitation to go to the finals in Canada in 2016.
She was selected to participate in the 2013 G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, a multimedia show, during an annual international meeting of world leaders.
In the Russian film called “Bolshoi” she play as the character Lena Krasnorutskaya, which premiered in 2017. In 2014, Anastasiia first moved to New York City, where she got an invitation from Brighton Ballet Theater as a soloist, which soon became principal, and a ballet instructor. She later on started to work with Gelsey Kirkland Ballet as well. In 2015, she went on to work with American Swiss Ballet as a soloist. Soon after, she began to work with Metropolitan Ballet in Minnesota and Victoria Ballet Theatre in New Jersey as a principal dancer.
Repertoire as a Principal Dancer:
Classical: • Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Doll) • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Russian Bride, Big Swans) • Cinderella (Cinderella, Fairy God-Mother) • Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora) • Romeo & Juliet (Rosaline) • The Dying Swan • Pas de Quatre (Maria Taglioni Variation) • Giselle (Giselle – Act II) • Paquita (Soloist Variation), Raymonda Variations, Le Corsaire, and more.
Modern: Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Contemporary work – “PULSE”, Eve Chan – “The Moon”, Petruska (Gypsy).
Ms. Fedorova is distinguished by the purity of her classical and lyrical style of her dance.
She has teaching experience for several years and enjoys working with children.
Mr. James Besser
Mr. Besser began his piano studies at the age of six.He continued his music education at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music School, Stanford University, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, the New School and Juilliard School, studying piano and accompanying. Played in many Concerts, Recitals, etc, including the world famous Carnegie Hall.