Guest Teachers

Nadia Pavlenko

A native of Moscow, Russia Nadia Pavlenko graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg (class of 1989.) In 1991 she was a Finalist at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland.

Following graduation Nadia danced as a Soloist at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater. Eloquent and expressive, as well as a classically graceful dancer, she went on performing a long list of leading Soloits roles in major ballets, such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Paquita, Raimonda, Don Quixote, and many others.

After touring Russia, Italy, Germany, and the US, Nadia continued her education at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (George Balanchine's alma mater.) In 1994 she graduated in the Art of Choreography, specialized as a Ballet Master.

Nadia is known as a talented and extremely dedicated pedagogue who has been teaching classical ballet for the past 16 years. In 2014 she was recognized by the YAGP judges as an Outstanding Teacher. In her teaching Nadia pays much attention to the quality of movement, focusing on technical precision paramount in developing long and graceful lines in her students. 

Nadia teaches Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Character, and Floor Barre classes. Here at IBT we admire Nadia's professionalism and passion for ballet, and value her strict adherence to the famed Vaganova Syllabus—the very same she was trained by. 

Barry Kerollis

Barry Kerollis is a freelance dancer and choreographer based out of Philadelphia. He began his career in 2003 with the Houston Ballet. In 2004, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he danced for seven seasons. In 2011 he moved back to the East Coast focusing on touring the US as a principal guest artist, and working as choreographer and instructor.

In 2014 Barry held the position of Interim Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre, where he also ran the pre-professional division of their school. He has taught company class for Eugene Ballet, Koresh Dance Company, and the National Choreographers Initiative, and often teaches master classes across the country.

Mr. Kerollis’ accomplishments as a choreographer include being selected to create a work at the National Choreographers Initiative (2014), an Outstanding Choreographer award at the Youth America Grand Prix (2015), and selection as a finalist in the Visions Choreographic Competition (2015). He has created works for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Seattle’s “Men in Dance” festival, Alaska Dance Theatre (in collaboration with the Alaska Native Heritage Center), and Pacific Northwest Ballet and its school for the company’s annual Next Step choreographers showcase.

Barry has danced Romeo in MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Puck in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mercutio in Maillot's Romeo et Juliette, Petipa's Don Quixote pas de deux in the Arabesque Festival gala, and the Grand Pas de Deux in Leverett’s The Nutcracker. He has also performed contemporary works of today’s most sought after choreographers: Forsythe, Kylian, Stroman,Tharp, Wheeldon, et. al.