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Sarasota Presents Opportunity for International Dancers

Posted: August 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Athlete & Artist Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Sergiy Mykhaylov, a Sarasota immigrant, danced for some of the best ballet companies in the world then founded his own ballet school in Sarasota.

Sergiy Mykhaylov recently stopped by our office to let us know about the Russian School of Ballet he founded on University Parkway. The school teaches the Vaganova Method which is the foundation for most classical ballet and, according to Sergiy, “the best in the world.”

Chris Jaensch with Sergiy Mykhaylov

Chris Jaensch with Sergiy Mykhaylov

Sergiy and his wife and co-founder, Darya Fedotova, are both highly accomplished ballet dancers and teachers. Sergiy graduated from the National Ballet School of Ukraine. From there he danced for three years at the National Ballet of Ukraine; working his way up to soloist. In 1998 he joined the Orlando Ballet as a principal dancer and in 2001 he began working with the Sarasota Ballet as well. He has worked and taught at major ballet studios around the world.

Darya Fedotova also graduated from The National Ballet School of Ukraine. She danced for 5 years with the National Ballet of Ukraine and later joined the Classical Ballet of Paris as a soloist. In 1997 she was invited to work with the Orlando Ballet and in 2001 she also joined the Sarasota  Ballet. She comes from a prominent ballet family. Her parents danced for the National Ballet of Ukraine and now direct the Russian School of Ballet Orlando.

The School of Russian Ballet Sarasota now enrolls 80 to 85 young students. Along with Sergiy and Darya the school employs 3 other teachers. Their full repertoire includes jazz and modern dance as well as ballet. They accept students of all ages who are interested in dance.

The School of Russian Ballet has several events coming up:

  • August 18 Open House for parents and children
  • Season begins on August 20
  • Performance of The Nutcracker on December 9, 2012 in the Sarasota Opera House
  • Performance of Cappelia sometime in April, 2013.

All who are interested should contact the Russian School of Ballet:

8029 Cooper Creek Boulevard

University Park, FL

(941) 962-6664