Jaelyn Fellona has studied classical ballet with Petrus Bosman at the Virginia School of the Arts. After graduating early from high school, she joined the International Ballet Theater as a Soloist, under Vladimir Shoumeikin and Irina Matyash. Later, while working at IBT, she was coached by such famed ballerinas as Irina Kolpakova and Alla Osipenko.
Ms. Fellona has toured the United States, Canada, and Europe dancing leading roles in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Paquita, Bolero, and Le Corsaire, as well as a number of interesting character roles. Through her career she has been invited to performed at numerous Gala concerts, including those at the French and Russian Embassies in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Fellona has directed IBT Academy since 2007. She has singlehandedly produced full-length ballets, such as, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, and Bolero with professional Guest Artists from Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, China, Cuba, Armenia, and Moldova. She has produced a very successful MasterClass Series with wold-famous Master Teachers from Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as with Founding Partners of Youth America Grand Prix competition. In addition to exposing her students to leading professionals in classical ballet, Ms. Fellona has commissioned award-winning, widely recognized contemporary choreographers to set original works on her students.
Jaelyn speaks fluent Russian: her fascination with the Russian culture started when she was first exposed to the language during long hours of ballet classes taken with the Russian-speaking troupe of IBT. She then studied International Relations in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the St. Petersburg State University. She used this tremendous opportunity to perfect her language skills and deepen her understanding of the Russian culture even further.
Ms. Fellona has been teaching classical ballet for over 20 years. She has successfully trained many students to compete at the Youth American Grand Prix Philadelphia semi-finals, YAGP New York City Finals, WBC in Orlando, FL, Arabesque, Perm, Tanzolymp Berlin, and several others. Her students have been placing First, Second, and Third, as well as Top 12. Numerous have been awarded Special Prizes.
A convinced follower of the Vaganova teaching method, Jaelyn has been widely recognized as a Master Teacher in this amazing Russian ballet technique. She strongly values commitment to excellence, hard work, discipline and artistic growth in a positive environment. She is accustomed to ask the very best of her students while giving in return the care and attention each student deserves. Ms. Fellona finds most important to pass on to her students the love of dance, "for this art form is so much more than just technique."