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.
Albert Davydov is a ballet teacher and coach. He also performs the role of The Cavalier in IBT’s annual production of The Nutcracker.
Albert was born in Russia and trained at the Kazan Choreographic School of Ballet. Upon graduation, he joined the Tatar State Opera and Ballet Theater where he danced solo and principal roles and toured with the company throughout Europe and the United States.
Albert has won numerous prizes in international ballet competitions. His professional career in the US includes principle positions with New Jersey Ballet from 2004 through 2017. His repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Le Corsaire, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, among others.