Guest Faculty

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 a Principal of Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy. She 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. 

Nadia has recently choreographed for Dance Elite an original ballet The Wizard of Oz, and presented a fresh take on the much-loved Nutcraker, creating her own choreography of the latter. 

Irina Shoumeikin

Irina is IBT Academy's Creative Movement teacher. A native of Russia and a graduate of Kazan State University of Culture and Arts' Ballet and Choreography Department, Irina is specialized in teaching children ages 3—5. She has been teaching Creative Movement classes in the US for the past 20 year.

Energetic, attentive, loving, and patient with her young pupils, Irina is a huge asset both to the IBT Academy, and to her little students. She is known for creating a welcoming, inspiring, and most of all non-intimidating atmosphere, paramount for instilling in children love of ballet they will likely retain for many years to come.

While focusing her studies on Classical Ballet and Choreography, Irina was equally passionate about linguistics and creative writing. During her college years she was a recepient of her University's Award of Exellence in Russian Languge and Literature. Here at IBT Academy Irina also teaches a Russian Language Class, which we offer because the importance of being able to communicate in Russian in the dance world is not to be underestimated.