In class as a Teacher In class as a Ballerina On stage with a colleаgue from Moscow Ballet
Ms. Svetlana Ferdinandova M.A, M.A.
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 as a Ballerina, Ballet Teacher/Choreographer/Ballet Mistress spans: Three years of State College for Ballet Performing and Pedagogy(Sofia); after years she graduated from State Music Academy, Ballet Faculty(Sofia), where she also received her First M.A. in Ballet Pedagogy. After 3 years she received her Second M.A. in Ballet Choreography(Ballet Mistress). Ms. Ferdinandova is very proud with her last teacher prof. Troffimova, St. Petersburg, 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 and prof. Troffimova- Methodist in "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 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".
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 Barishnikov, Makarova, Simkin, Bessmertnova, Dupont, Guillem, Guerra, Bujones, Rasta Tomas 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 Ms. Ferdinandova's 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 European and International Ballet Association.
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!
Master and Judge Milgar Tabaosares- Master T
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) and
(guest teacher- Summer 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 Jun '08 - 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 (Ballet Pedagogy- Vaganova Method)
State Academy of Music and Arts, Faculty-Ballet Pedagogy, Sofia, Bulgaria
Master of Arts (Choreography and Direction- Ballet Master)
State Academy of Music and Arts, Faculty-Ballet Pedagogy, Sofia, Bulgaria
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 - Ballet Teacher
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 and choreographing many dances for all ages.
As Mrs Ferdinandova's student 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
(Biography coming soon)
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.