Ivaylo Alexiev was born in Varna, Bulgaria. He started his ballet training with the Vaganova Method at the National Ballet School in Sofia. Mr. Alexiev than earned a scholarship from "UNESCO" to join the prestigious Academy of Ballet in Monte Carlo directed by Madame Marika Besobrasova where he graduated with a Diploma for a professional ballet dancer. From 2001-2004 Ivaylo was a member of Le Ballet de L'Opera National de Bordeaux, France where he danced for three seasons participating in every production and world tours with the company. In 2004 Mr. Alexiev moved to Germany and worked with several contemporary companies. For two seasons under the direction of James Sutherland, Ivaylo was a soloist with Pforzheim Ballett where he danced in many modern productions such as- Carmen, Pink Floyd, Swan Lake and others. Mr. Alexiev took part in many Dance Galas in Europe and has been invited as a guest artist in France, Germany, Russia, Malta, Japan, USA. His repertory includes ballets such as Raymonda, Divertimento #15, Symphony in D, The Prodigal Son, Suite en Blanc, Sleeping Beaty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella and others. Ivaylo has worked with some of the biggest names in European ballet including Elisabeth Platel, Charles Jude, Irek Mukhamedov, Roland Vogel, Attilo Labis, Eva Evdokimova.
Ivaylo Alexiev speaks five languages and obtained a diploma in dance pedagogy and history of ballet from L'Academie de danse classique Princesse Grace de Monte Carlo. In 2010 Mr. Alexiev moved to US joining Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer. In 2012 Ivaylo was invited to be a member of the faculty of Ballet Theatre of Boston. Part time faculty member at Boston Ballet School since 2014. North Atlantic Dance Theatre company coach since 2015. This is Mr. Alexiev's first year with FBP as a ballet master and “faculty member”.
Born in Lithuania, Mr. Bauzys graduated from Vilnius Ballet School, joining the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Th eatre where he was a principal dancer.He continued his training at the Copenhagen Bournonwille Summer Academy and the Mariinsky Th eatre in St. Petersburg. He was a principal dancer with Ballet Arlington and a soloist with Boston Ballet, performing lead roles in: Cinderella, Snow White and Seven Dwarves, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Chipolino, Raymonda, Daphnis and Chloe, Tchaikovsky, Carmen, Greek Zorba, Don Quixote, Le Spectre de la Rose, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Artist's Life, Venetian Carnival, Hamlet, Apollo, Divertimento #15, Allegro Brillante, Eldar Aliev's A Thousand and One Nights and many modern numbers composed for him.
Mr. Bauzys also performed as a guest artist in the USA, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and, in 2000, he performed in Vladimir Vasilyev's anniversary Gala at Bolshoi Theatre. Mr. Bauzys was also honored as Ballet Artist of the Year and he received the St. Christopher's Prize from the Lithuanian Theatre Union while becoming the laureate in the arts category of the Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature, The Arts and Science. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, which was given by the Lithuanian President. He is also married to company dancer Vilia Putrius. This is Mr. Bauzys' seventh season with FBP.
Shura Baryshnikov is a Rhode Island-based educator, improvisor, dancer and movement designer. With a background in physical theatre, contemporary dance and and a range of improvisation practices, Shura seeks the creative space where these mediums overlap to inspire somatic exploration and performer versatility. Shura has worked as a choreographer and movement consultant for Trinity Repertory Company, The Wilbury Theatre Group, Bridge Repertory Theater, Elemental Theatre Collective and on a number of Brown/Trinity MFA productions. As a freelance dancer, she has performed in works by Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner-Brodsky and Betsy Miller, among others, and with Aerplaye Dance, American Dance Legacy Initiative, Festival Ballet Providence and Lostwax Multimedia Dance. Shura is a Teaching Associate in the Theater Arts and Performance Studies Program at Brown University and has also taught movement at at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Shura's performance work has been presented by the RISD Museum, the Providence Fringe Festival and in Earthdance's Moving Arts Lab.
Jaelyn Shea Blair, a Rhode Island native, began dancing at the age of six with Rosemary's School of Dance, under the direction of Bethany Couto. She attended Jaqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Rhode Island's only public arts high school where modern, ballet technique, pointe and dance composition were studied under the direction of Tovah Bodner Muro. She teaches creative movement for children ages 3-5 at Festival Ballet Providence and a ballet class for young dancers ages 5-7 at Rosemary's School of Dance. She has completed 2 years of dance teachers training by the Dance Teachers Club of Boston. Jaelyn has worked with artists such as Al Blackstone, Mia Michaels, Teddy Forance, Deb Meunier, Shura Baryshnikov and Michael Wilson. Ms. Blair plans to attend a four year college focusing on physical therapy for dancers.
Davor Cakaric was born and raised in Split, Croatia. He began his athletic career as a young boy and became several times Croatia's National Champion in Triple Jump. After his career in Track and Field, Cakaric began dancing for Croatia's National Theater where he completed ten successful seasons. In parallel with dance, Cakaric coached young athletes in jumping and sprinting events in the athletic club -ASK Split. He received his degree for physical and massage therapy from the Modern University in Split, Croatia. He currently is an assistant coach for the Track and Field team at the La Salle Academy. Cakaric is also pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting at Johnson & Wales University.
Meghan Carmichael, originally from Cape Cod MA, graduated in 2012 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance under dean Ethan Stiefel. At UNCSA she studied and performed works by Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Twyla Tharp, and Merce Cunningham; and worked with choreographers Doug Elkins, Eric Oberdorff, and Helen Simoneau. She has participated in workshops with the Ailey, Cunningham, and Limon Companies, and at the Impulstanz International Dance Festival. Since graduating, Meghan has performed for the Lincoln Center Institute, Cunningham Trust, and Robot Church in New York City and was the child wrangler for the "Little Fiona" understudy for the US National Tour of Shrek The Musical. She spent a year backpacking throughout Europe, exploring the international contemporary dance scene, and is now based in Providence, RI where she is dancing for Jessica Howard, Betsy Miller, and Ali Kenner Brodsky & co. Meghan is also the marketing director for akb & co. She taught contemporary and ballet technique at Cape Cod Dance Center and choreographed for TIDES Dance Company. With Shura Baryshnikov, she is developing a community dance co-curricular collaboration between the Moses-Brown School and RHD-RI. She also produces interdisciplinary art collaborations between young professional artists in intimate performance environments, called Near and Far: Collaborative Arts Project - nearandfardance.com. meghancarmichael.com
Valerie Cookson-Botto began her dance training in the Washington D.C. area
and then moved to Dallas, Texas in 1987 to study dance at the Meadows School
of Fine Arts at Southern Methodist University. After earning a Bachelors of Fine
Arts in Dance Performance, she was awarded a teaching fellowship at Temple
University's Department of Dance in Philadelphia and earned a Masters of Fine
Arts in Dance. Ms. Cookson-Botto's technical training includes both Vaganova
and Cecchetti ballet techniques; and Limon, Graham, and Cunningham modern
techniques. She continued her professional training at the London
Contemporary Dance School and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.
Ms. Cookson-Botto has taught and choreographed as a Faculty In Residence at the University of New Hampshire and Adjunct Faculty at Shenandoah University in Virginia. She developed K-12 dance programs based on national standards for the arts at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine and at the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut. Ms. Cookson-Botto joined the Festival Ballet Providence faculty in 1999 teaching modern technique, creative movement and pre-ballet.
Ms. Cookson-Botto has choreographed throughout her career staging pieces on companies and students throughout New England. In 1996 she was commissioned to choreograph Chromatic Fantasy as part of the New Hampshire MacDowell Celebration to the musical composition of MacDowell fellow, Barbara Kolb. Ms. Cookson-Botto has brought several works to Festival Ballet Providence including the Chatterbox family favorite, Peter and the Wolf; and Fleet Bank Showcase series for Middle School audiences, The Unicorn, The Gorgon and The Manticore.
After a long history with Festival Ballet Providence, Ms. Cookson-Botto is thrilled to be taking on the role of Educational Outreach Coordinator bringing all of the magic and artistry of Festival Ballet Providence to schools and community groups throughout New England and teaching in our Young Children't Program.
Artistic Director, Faculty Chairman, Resident Choreographer Mr. Djuric is a former first soloist with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His training and experience encompass ballet, jazz, modern, folk dance and musical theater. During his ballet career, he has worked with Nevena Miric, Dusanka Kecojevic, Jovanka Bilegojevic, Ana Roje, Natalia Dudinskaya, Constantin Sergeyev, Svetlana Afanasieva and Maryon Lane. As a choreographer, he has been recognized with numerous awards including gold and bronze medals at the Yugoslavian choreographers' competition. Besides Yugoslavia (and its former six republics) and the United States, his work has been performed in Russia, Switzerland, Malta, Romania, Italy and Venezuela.
In 1991, Mr. Djuric was appointed Artistic Director at Ballet New England. Under his direction, Ballet New England's Company and School dramatically increased its programs and visibility, becoming the leader of New Hampshire's dance community. In 1993 and again in 1998, Mr. Djuric was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA). He was commissioned as a choreographer by the Council to create an original ballet for the 1997 Governor's Awards in the Arts Ceremony. In January 1998, he co-founded Ballet Theatre Workshop and the Children's Repertory Ballet in Portsmouth, NH. In 1999, as part of collaboration with digital installation artist Harry Umen and the North Country Chamber Players, he received one of two Millennium Grants from the NHSCA to choreograph to Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.
In July, 1998, Mr. Djuric was appointed as the Artistic Director of Festival Ballet Providence (FBP) where he is responsible for managing the Company, Junior Company and the Festival Ballet Providence School. During his tenure, the organization has grown into one of the most exciting and accomplished arts and cultural organizations in Rhode Island and has been recognized as one of top regional ballet companies in the country. FBP was named the 2002 Outstanding Arts Organization by the Arts and Business Council of Rhode Island. This award is presented to an organization that demonstrates “unwavering commitment to excellence, significant impact on the community, and strong organizational development”. In 2007 Mr. Djuric received the Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts.
A native of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Ms. Gildea began her training at Rhode Island Ballet Arts Academy, with continued study at Festival Ballet Providence. In 2003, she was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. In addition to her training at Festival Ballet Providence and the Royal Winnipeg ballet school, she attended summer programs at The National Ballet School of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Orlando Ballet School. While attending Butler University, Ms. Gildea participated in two summer seminars in St. Petersburg Russia. As a member of Butler Ballet, she performed a variety of roles in The Nutcracker (Flower soloist, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy). She was also cast in Butler Ballet's Performance of Cloven Kingdom, a work choreographed by noted choreographer Paul Taylor. She graduated from Butler University in December of 2008 with a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy.
A native of Venezuela, Ms. Guerrero received her early training at the Keyla Ermecheo Ballet School in Caracas. She has performed with numerous companies including Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Michigan Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre and Cadence Dance Project. She has created leading roles in ballets in Gianni Dimarco's El Amor Brujo, Schéhérazade and Azucar, Plotnikov's Carmen, The Widow's Broom, Loof and Let Dime and Coma, De Bouteiller's Romeo and Juliet and FBP's 2006 premiere of Don Quixote. Other leading roles include Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Rubies, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Tarantella, Who Cares?, Pelzig's The Princess and the Pea, Swan Lake and Eldar Aliev's A Thousand and One Nights. Ms. Guerrero also participated in the 2004 Venezuela Del Mundo Gala and was recognized for representing Venezuela internationally with high standards and “projection, dignity and beauty.” In addition Providence Mayor David Cicilline awarded a Citizens Citation for her “exceptional and wholehearted devotion for the art of dance.”
Shirley Kayne began her training with a branch school of American Ballet Theater directed by Larry Boyette, which included teachers from ABT and The Royal Ballet England. She continued her training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Merce Cunningham and numerous teachers in New York and London. She received her teacher training from Marin Ballet, the National Ballet School of Canada, and earned her teacher's certification at The Hartford Ballet. Ms. Kayne has performed throughout the United States with such companies as: Brent Masson and Company, Hartford Ballet, Marin Ballet and as a guest artist for many choreographers in San Francisco and the Bay area. Ms. Kayne has an extensive background in teaching and choreography. She has choreographed many musicals and numerous short pieces, along with over eight full-length ballets. Ms. Kayne has been the Director of the Northern Colorado Dance Theater, dance instructor for the Valley School of New York, Boulder Public Schools in Colorado and San Francisco School of the Arts. She was on the faculty of the nationally recognized Marin Ballet, as well as rehearsal assistant to the company and Director of the Marin Ballet Junior Company. She was the Ballet Director of the Arabesque Dance Center, Principal Instructor for the Petaluma School of Ballet and Cooperating Teacher for Merchurst College and Boston Conservatory.
In 1986 Ms. Kayne moved to New England and founded the School of New Bedford Ballet. She founded the New Bedford Ballet Foundation in 1987, a non-profit organization for the promotion of dance education and the granting of scholarships. For 21 years she was the Artistic Director of the School of the New Bedford Ballet and the New Bedford Ballet Foundation. In 2009 Ms. Kayne resigned from the New Bedford Ballet and joined the faculty of Festival Ballet Providence.
Katherine Kelley, originally from Cranston, Rhode Island, began her classical ballet training at the age of five at the Festival Ballet Providence School. She performed as a member of the Junior Company at Festival Ballet Providence for four years under the direction of Mihailo Djuric and MaryAnn Mayer. Ms. Kelley graduated from the school in June of 2013. During her time as a student she performed with the Festival Ballet Providence professional company in the corps de ballet of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and multiple productions of The Nutcracker. In addition, Ms. Kelley trained at the Harid Conservatory and with Ms. Gelsey Kirkland on full scholarship. In August of 2013, Ms. Kelley began an apprenticeship with Part of the Oath Dance Theater under the direction of Dr. Colleen Cavanaugh. During the 2013-2014 season, the company educated over 2000 children and teens with their extensive outreach programs in and around Rhode Island. She will continue to dance professionally with Part of the Oath as a company member for the 2014-2015 season.
Originally from Franklin Lakes, NJ, Ms. Knightly completed her formal training on scholarship at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in French. While at SMU, she studied under Leslie Peck, Myra Woodruff, Shelley Berg, and Karen Kriete. She has performed in works by Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Viktor Plotnikov, Joost Antoine Vrouenraets, and Martha Graham, including Graham's iconic solo Lamentation. She previously danced with Charleston Ballet Theatre.
Alex Lantz began his dance training at age seven at the Rockford Dance Company in his home town of Rockford, Illinois and was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2006 at age 17. Recipient of the Arnold Spohr Scholarship and the Daimler-Chrysler Scholarship, he performed a variety of works with the school including Pas De Quatre by David Maroni and the roles of Alain in La fi lle Mal Gardee and Gamache in Don Quixote. Mr. Lantz's piece, The Sea Within Us, wowed the crowd at the RWB School's First Steps Choreographic Competition 2009, earning him first place and the RWB School Award. The Sea Within Us was also featured at the National Ballet School of Canada's Assemblee International 2009, where it was performed with an international cast. Mr. Lantz joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company as an apprentice in 2010. He performed with the company in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Moulin Rouge – The Ballet, Dracula, Wonderland, The Exstacy of Rita Joe, Svengali, Giselle. Mr. Lantz also joined the company in 2010 on a three-city tour of Israel part of the RWB's 70th Anniversary tour. This is his third season with FBP.
Debbi Leahy trained at the Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts for 15 years followed by further studies in Jazz and Modern technique in Virginia. During this exciting time, Debbi was a featured soloist in many productions. After graduation, Debbi returned to Massachusetts and began teaching in numerous competitive studios throughout Southern New England. Debbi has received many regional and national awards for her choreography and many of her students have gone on to professional careers in dance. She is excited to bring her knowledge and passion to Festival Ballet Providence.
A native of the Washington DC area, Kristina began her training at the Conservatory Ballet under the direction of Julia Cziller Redick. Throughout high school, Kristina attended summer programs at Eglevsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Orlando Ballet. In 2009, Kristina was accepted into the prestigious dance program at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and graduated in May 2013. Kristina has danced with the Festival Ballet Company and is currently freelance dancing around the New England area.
Ms. Mayer has been affiliated with Festival Ballet Providence since 1976. As a founding member of Festival Ballet Providence, Ms. Mayer performed in many company productions while earning a BA from the University of Rhode Island. Following her performing career, she worked as stage manager for the company for several seasons before turning her focus to teaching and training young dancers. She attended several teaching programs at the National Ballet School of Canada, and in New York and Philadelphia with David Howard and Jurgen Schneider. From 1991 to 1996 she served as teacher, choreographer and Acting Director of Dance at the Performing Arts School of Worcester; returning to Festival Ballet Providence as a teacher in 1998.
In 2004, Ms. Mayer became Festival Ballet Providence's School Director. Over the past several years the school has continued to grow under the guidance of Ms. Mayer and the artistic vision of Misha Djuric. Together they have taken the school to a place that boasts a distinguished international faculty, an outstanding young children's program, a trainee program for the serious advanced level student, an extensive financial aid program, engaging summer programs, and an open enrollment feature that provides the community access to this art form through a variety of classes and workshops. Ms. Mayer's students have gone on to dance with professional companies and to study at prestigious schools and universities throughout the country.
Marissa Parmenter is returning to Festival Ballet Providence after having danced for the company from 2002-2006. Her most memorable FBP roles were Pingril, the witch in The Widow's Broom, Finger Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet. Before returning to FBP she danced for Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and BalletMet Columbus. In 2008, Ms. Parmenter was honored to participate in Paris's prestigious L'Ete de la Danse with Les Grands Ballet. She has performed as a guest artist with many companies in the US including Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, and Boston Ballet. Ms. Parmenter has been fortunate enough to create works with leading choreographers, Ohad Naharin, James Kudelka, Mauro Bigonzetti, Edwaard Liang, Dominic Walsh and Viktor Plotnikov. She has also had the pleasure of performing works by icons such as Christopher Wheeldon, Jiri Kylian, Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano and Alejandro Cerrudo.
Ms. Parmenter has previously been on faculty at BalletMet Academy and Passe Dance Center. She has been a guest teacher for Rice University, Sam Houston University, University of Houston, and Wheaton College. Ms. Parmenter has been awarded the Sono Osato and the Caroline H. Newhouse grants for dancer higher education. Her choreography has been performed at Hollins University and will be performed at Wheaton College in November 2014.
Ms.Parmenter received her MFA from Hollins University in collaboration with the Forsythe Company in 2014 and is on faculty at FBP School as well as artistic assistant and Director of FBP School's Summer Dance Intensive. She is married to FBP dancer Ty Parmenter and they are happy to be returning to the company where they met.
Ty Parmenter is returning to Festival Ballet Providence after having been with the company from 2003-2006. His most memorable FBP roles were the Eunuch in Scherezade, the schoolboy in Con Amore and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet. He returns to FBP after having danced with Hubbard Street 2, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and BalletMet Columbus. He has performed as a guest artist with many companies in the US including Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, New Choreographers Initiative, and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. In 2006, he performed in the Mozart Sommer Festival in Wurzberg, Germany. Mr. Parmenter has been fortunate enough to create works with leading choreographers such as James Kudelka, Edwaard Liang, Dominic Walsh, Andrea Miller, Christian Spuck, Gabrielle Lamb and Viktor Plotnikov. He has also had the pleasure of performing works by Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Mauro Bigonzetti, Matthew Bourne, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano and Alejandro Cerrudo.
In 2012, Mr. Parmenter was awarded the Columbus Dances Fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council for his piece There is Silence. He was on faculty at Passe Dance Center and has been a guest teacher at Rice University, Sam Houston University and the University of Houston. He is currently on faculty at FBP School as well as Digital Media Coordinator and Associate Director of FBP School's Summer Dance Intensive. He will be premiering a new choreographic work on the company in November 2014. Mr. Parmenter is married to Marissa Parmenter and they are expecting their first child in November 2014.
Born in Lithuania, Ms. Putrius received her early training at the Vilnius Ballet School. In 1995, following graduation, she joined the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre where she was a soloist for five years. In 2001, Ms. Putrius joined Ballet Arlington in Texas as a principal dancer where she performed for three years before joining Boston Ballet in 2004. Her roles include Terpsichore in Apollo, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Coppelia in Coppelia, Dark Angel in Coma, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle and Myrtha in Giselle, and Nurida in Eldar Aliev's A Thousand and One Nights, along with principal roles in Allegro Brillante, Donizetti Variations,Paquita and Les Sylphides. She also performed the pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, Esmeralda, Grande Pas Classique and the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. She is married to company dancer Mindaugas Bauzys. This is Ms. Putrius' tenth season with FBP.
Katie Pivarnik trained at the New Jersey School of Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School before joining the Joffrey Ensemble in New York City in 2001. While touring the East Coast, she performed works by choreographer Elie Lazar in addition to the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Flames of Paris, Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty. She joined New Jersey Ballet in 2002 and enjoyed performing roles including Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, Facets by Ali Pourfarrokh, and Cancioneros and Discovery by Alexandre Proia. While performing with New Jersey Ballet, Katie began teaching ballet for all ages at the New Jersey Ballet School.
In 2005, Katie was a finalist at the New York International Ballet Competition and was invited to perform Jose Limon's Choreographic Offering for the gala performance. Soon after, Katie started her own business, KT Wear, and continues to design and create dancewear and costumes for students and professionals.
Katie continued to perform with Eglevsky Ballet and several other companies until 2010 when she graduated from the LEAP Program with her BA in Performing Arts. Inspired to connect dance and medicine, she received training at the Mark Morris Dance Group to teach dance classes for people with Parkinson's disease. She completed the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at Columbia University in 2013 and is currently a first-year medical student at Brown.
Originally from Russia, Marina Van Winkle danced with the Kiev State Dance Classical Ensemble, appearing in both principal classical and character roles. She has taught ballet for the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and the Acton School of Ballet, with many of her students accepted to top ballet schools. With a Master's degree in Education from Kiev State University and a Masters degree in Health Education from Middlesex Community College, Marina is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy focusing on Sports and Dance Medicine at the University of Rhode Island.