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The Sarasota Ballet School Opens New Conservatory

Posted: September 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Athlete & Artist Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

From Sarasota Ballet Newsletter:

Ballet Dancer Nicole Assad

Young ballet dancer Nicole Assad

The Sarasota Ballet School announces the opening of The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance

The Sarasota Ballet School is excited to welcome 12 first year students to the new Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance.  Ranging in age from 11 to 16, the students will begin in the eight year classical ballet program created to train exceptional dancers who posess strong, clean classical technique.  This elite Conservatory aims to graduate students who are capable of integrating effortlessly into The Sarasota Ballet and other top professional Companies.
Margaret Barbieri, Assistant Director of The Sarasota Ballet, is delighted to put her name to this new program and to see her vision for a classical ballet conservatory come to fruition.
” This is an extraordinary opportunity for gifted dancers in The Sarasota Ballet School and around the region to receive a high level of training in classical ballet and be able to remain in the Sarasota Community to perfect their artistry,” explained Maragret Barbieri.
To learn more about the new conservatory and to support the Sarasota Ballet please contact: Noreen Delaney at 941-225-6504 or

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

Help the Sarasota Ballet Earn an ADDITIONAL $5,000!

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Athlete & Artist Visas | Tags: , , | No Comments »

From our Friends at the Sarasota Ballet,

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Thank you from all of us for your help with this Challenge!