Director of IBT
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 Alexander Boitsov.
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.
In 1998 Ms. Fellona was invited to perform at Alexander Boitsov's 25th Career Anniversary Gala at the French and Russian Embassies in Washington, D.C. Working at IBT has given her an opportunity to be coached by such famed ballerinas as Irina Kolpakova and Alla Osipenko.
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 spent a full academic year in St. Petersburg, Russia, studying International Relations and perfecting her Russian language skills at the St. Petersburg State University.
Ms. Fellona has been teaching classical ballet for over 18 years. She has successfully trained many students to compete at the Youth American Grand Prix Philadelphia semi-finals, as well as finals in New York City. Her students have been placing first, second, and third, as well as top twelve.
A convinced follower of the Vaganova teaching technique, Jaelyn 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 technique.»