Staff

Sergiy Mykhaylov – Artistic Director, Teacher

1987– 1995: attended the Kiev State Choreographic College
1995 – 1998: National Ballet of Ukraine (soloist)
During these years, he also worked as a soloist with The Classical Ballet of Paris.
1998 – 2009: Orlando Ballet (as a principal dancer under the direction of Vasiliy Petrutiu, Fernando Bujones)

During this time, he was a principal guest artist in Boca Raton Ballet, Ocala Ballet, Terada Ballet Arts Academy (Japan), Cincinnati Orchestra, Orlando City Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy, Kansas City Ballet

2001 – 2009: Sarasota Ballet (as a principal dancer, under the direction of Robert de Warren. and Ian Webb). During this time, he was principal guest artist with Central Florida Ballet, Terada Ballet Arts Academy (Japan), Orlando City Ballet, Kingsport Ballet, Steward Ballet, Russian Ballet of Alafaya

1996: Silver Medal winner at Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev
2002: Semi-finalist in USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi

Throughout his life, Mr. Mykhaylov has danced leading roles in Classical Ballet Repertoire:
Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, Le Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Paquita, Raymonda, La Esmeralda, Harlequinade, Flame of Paris, Romeo and Juliet, La Vivandiere, Le Carnivalade Venise, La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Spartacus, Ballero, Walpurgis Night, Carmen

He also had the pleasure of working with:
Sir Frederick Ashton – Façade, The Two Pigeons
George Balanchine – Tarantella, Allegro, Concerto, Barrocco
August Bournonville – Flower, Festival
Michel Folkine – Les Sylphides, Petrushka
Sir Kenneth MacMillan – Elite Syncopations
Robert North – Troy Game
Robert de Warren – Camille, Firebird, Coppelia, Boutique Fantastique, Carmina Burana, Madame Butterfly, Othello, Eva Peron, A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Andre Prokovsky – Anna Karenina
Alexander Schneider – New York, New York
Dominic Walsh – The Trilogy
Vadim Fedotov – Cinderella, Snow White, Little Mermaid, Snow Queen, Romeo and Juliet, Wizard of Oz, Hamlet, Westside Story
Alexei Ratmansky – 98 Steps, The Fairy’s Kiss
Fernando Bujones – Jazz Swing

He has taught and choreographed at Orlando Ballet School, Terada Ballet Academy in Japan, Sarasota Ballet School, Russian Ballet School of America in Orlando, Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida (Miami), Florida Ballet Arts Academy, and more.

In 2010, Sergiy Mykhaylov, with his wife Darya Fedotova proudly opened the School of Russian Ballet in Sarasota/ Bradenton. In 2022 the school changed its name to International Ballet of Florida.

Darya Fedotova – Artistic Director, Teacher

1986-1993 Kiev State Choreographic College
1993-1997 National Ballet of Ukraine
During this time, Ms. Fedotova was a guest soloist with the Classical Ballet of Paris.
1997-2001 Orlando Ballet under the artistic direction of Vasiliy Petrutiu and Ferdnando Bujones.
2001-2008 Sarasota Ballet as a soloist under the direction of Robert de Warren
and Ian Webb. Guest artist with Cincinnati Orchestra, Orlando
City Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy
2010 Opened the School of Russian Ballet in Sarasota/Bradenton, FL with
her husband Sergiy Mykhaylov

Repertoire – Classical Ballet (Principal and Solo parts)

Swan Lake, Giselle, Dying Swan, Scheherazade, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, La Bayadare, Le Corsair, Paquita, Raymonda, La Esmeralda, Herlequinade, Flame of Paris, Romeo and Juliete, La Vivandiere de Venise, La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Spartacus, Ballero, Walpurgis Night

George Balanchine: Allegro, Concerto Barrocco
Sir Frederick Ashton: Façade, The Two Pigeons, and more
Michael Fokine: Les Sylphides, Petrushka
Sir Kenneth Macmillan: Elite
Roberts de Warren: Camellia, Firebird, Coppelia, Boutique Fantasque, Carmina Burana, Madame Butterfly, Eva Perone, A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Andre Prokovsky: Anna Karenina
Alexander Shnider: New York, New York
Vadim Fedotov: Cinderella, Snow White, Little Mermaid, Snow Queen, Romeo and Juliet, Wizzard of Oz, Hamlet, Westside Story
Fernando Bujones: Jazz Swing

Ms. Fedotova also worked as Ballet Master for Sarasota Ballet of Florida and taught and choreographed at Orlando Ballet School, Sarasota Ballet, Florida West Ballet, Orlando City Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy, Universal Performing Arts Center, and many more.

Darya comes from a prominent ballet family. Her maternal grandmother was a Principal Ballet Dancer in Kharkiev (previously the National Ballet of Ukraine). Her parents were Principal Dancers with the National ballet of Ukraine and are artistic directors at the Russian Ballet of Alafaya. Her sister is the artistic director of the Russian Academy of Orlando.

Currently, she and her husband Sergiy Mykhaylov, are founded School of Russian Ballet. In 2022, the school changed its name to International Ballet of Florida.

Sandra Roberts – Manager

Ms. Sandra has been the Studio Administrator since its opening in 2010. After teaching high school in Michigan for 23 years, she received a second Master’s Degree in Psychology and worked as a therapist for 14 years before moving to Florida in 2003 where she worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. Sandra’s work in the studio consists of managing the office, working with performance venues, fundraising, and assisting the directors. Having worked with children and adolescents her whole life, she considers her work at the studio a perfect fit and extremely rewarding.

Rebecca Anderson Kimsey – Ballet, Jazz Teacher

 Rebecca was born in Texas and started taking ballet lessons at two years old. She later moved to Florida and joined the International Ballet of Florida as one of its first students in August 2010 when she was eleven years old. 

 She has been featured in principal/soloist roles such as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella 2012, the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid 2014, the Evil Queen in Snow White 2015, the Snow Queen in The Snow Queen 2016, the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid 2017, the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz 2018, the Stepmother in Cinderella 2019 as well as many others.

Patricia Strauss -Ballet, Pointe Teacher

Patricia Strauss’ performing, teaching and choreographic experiences range from classical ballet and Broadway musicals, to modern and jazz-ballet. Ms. Strauss has successfully produced and directed nationally for companies/shows and events. In addition, she has headed up and directed numerous programs for dance schools.

Ms. Strauss has performed with several prominent companies in which she was soloist and/or principal dancer. Those companies include Les Ballet-Jazz of Montreal, Minnesota Dance Company, Rondo Dance Theater, Joyce Trislers’ Dance Company, and Het-National Ballet of Holland’s Opera Ballet. She has also danced with the Alvin Ailey Apprentice Company, and was invited by Paul Taylor to understudy repertoire.

In addition to performing, Ms. Strauss has taught ballet with many major dance schools which include Ballet Orlando, Boston Ballet , Miami City Ballet ,Ballet Chicago Studio Company and Sarasota Ballet Pre-Professional Division.

In addition, she has been resident or guest teacher for the Lafayette Ballet, School of Richmond Ballet, New World School of the Arts, Walt Disney World, Audre Mendel & Jurgen Schneider’s Vaganova Seminar, Lake Michigan College, Urdang Academy of London, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet Eddy Toussaint, Ballet Florida, Harvard University and Harvard Ballet Company.

Ms. Strauss has taught professional company ballet classes for Maximum Dance Company in Miami, The Alvin Ailey Company in Boston and Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.), Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Luna Negra in Chicago, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, Les Ballet Jazz of Montreal and Cirque de Soliel in Las Vegas, Ballet Hispanico and Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami.

Ms. Strauss has similarly and extensively choreographed for not only dance companies but for television, film, music video and musical theater. Moreover, she was the artistic director of her own company and school, L’Image, in Miami, Florida.

While residing in Boston Ms. Strauss was on faculty of Suffolk University, Emmanuel College, and Boston College as well as New College in Sarasota Florida.

Ms. Strauss was the creator and co- producer of the highly successful choreographic showcase in Boston, “Dance on The Top Floor”, which ran for 7 years receiving numerous articles and acclaimed reviews.

As resident choreographer for, Turtle Lane Playhouse in Massachusetts, she choreographed numerous musicals for them in the span of 9 years.

She has taught summer dance intensives in Virginia for former ABT (American Ballet Theatre) soloist, Keith Lee, Ballet East (West Palm Beach, Fl.) Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dance Attack Miami, Chicago Ballet and Sarasota Ballet.

Ms. Strauss choreographed a music video for the rock group Tim Frietag from Switzerland using classical ballet as a style for the video.

Ms. Strauss was the Artistic Coordinator for the Miami Master Class Series hosting eminent teachers from around the United States and was featured in World Dance Magazine Florida as “SPOTLIGHT ON A TEACHER. In addition, wrote featured articles published in World Dance Magazine.

Miss Strauss choreographed “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig” by author David Ira Rothenberg which was performed for many public and private schools.

Ms. Strauss is currently working on an original screenplay for a feature film titled “Knocking Doors”

Mary Elizabeth Mock – Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz Teacher

MaryElizabeth Mock received her training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz at Florida Ballet Arts in
Sarasota while attending summer intensive programs at Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, and
Walnut Hill School for the Arts to name a few.

At 16, she left for New England to further her training at the prestigious Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. During her preprofessional training at the age of 14, MaryElizabeth was selected to perform as a Junior Company member with the Sarasota Ballet under the direction of Eddy Toussaint and at age 16, with the Nutmeg Ballet Company in Connecticut. At 17, she embarked upon her professional performing career with Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Classical Ballet Theatre in the DC Metro Area, and guest performances with Southern Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, and Ballet South. After spotting
har diverse talent, the late Frank Hatchett “Master of Jazz” and former owner of Broadway
Dance Center in NYC, invited MaryElizabeth to serve as his choreography demonstrator for a
series of his Jazz and Contemporary master classes.

As the owner and Artistic/Executive Director of Florida Ballet Arts Academy and the Florida Ballet Arts Ensemble, MaryElizabeth earned great trust and respect from the Sarasota community and greater dance community through her sharp attention to detail and unwavering commitment to excellence, producing the area’s top level dancers while dazzling Sarasota audiences for more than a decade with
seasonal performances at the Sarasota Opera House and Van Wezel.

She has since served as Audition Site Liaison and coast-to-coast Conductor of Auditions for Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and Carreno Dance Festival, Ballet Master to San Diego Ballet and Unity Dance
Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based contemporary company founded by Emmy Award Winning
Choreographer, Tessandra Chavez.

She has produced intensive master classes and workshops in Sarasota and beyond and is the Founding Director of Imaginique Contemporary Ballet. MaryElizabeth’s long term students have gone on to dance professionally for Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Royal Ballet in London, Texas Ballet Theater, Tampa Ballet Theatre, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Tokyo Disney, and in the original On Broadway cast of “Mamma Mia”
MaryElizabeth’s highly effective teaching styles and extensive training in the Vaganova
Syllabus, combined with her eclectic repertoire and passion for artistry in dance, continue to
make her highly sought-after as a ballet master, coach, and choreographer, while she
continues to fulfill her love of business and contract negotiations as a Licensed REALTOR and
Luxury Property Specialist in Sarasota.

Kaylin Dalton – Contemporary Teacher

New York native dancer and teacher, Kaylin has been shaping the lives of children and adults through teaching dance for the last 15 years. With 30 years of dance experience, Kaylin’s style is anchored in presence, connection, clarity and storytelling. Kaylin started dancing at the age of three in a highly competitive studio where she was trained in contemporary, jazz and ballet techniques and has won numerous 1st place and dance scholarship awards. Kaylin went on to dance professionally right out of high school at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL where she was casted in their entertainment department. She danced in many shows and parades and was casted in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” where she got to perform alongside Mariah Carey. 

After her professional career, she yearned for more dance education so she pursued her dance degree from State University of New York, College at Brockport where she studied modern and contemporary dance techniques under world-renowned Bill Evans of Evans Somatic Dance Technique and Mariah Maloney, former dancer and current staff of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York City. During her time in college is where she learned more about how the body moves and relates to the space around it. She learned about kinesiology,dancing as an experience of the human spirit and cultivating community through her guidance under professor Bill Evans. Kaylin also has her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a focus in marketing. 

Kaylin has taught dance at over 15 schools around the country where she guest teaches and is also hired to choreograph solos and ensembles for competition pieces. Focusing on artistic expression, Kaylin allows students to honor their personal uniqueness. She creates a safe space for students to honor a deep connection not only to themselves but to the space around them, their classmates and even extend that to the outside world. Kaylin works with students of all ages and abilities and strives for a 100% positive experience as well as a disciplined education in dance.

Elizabeth F. Martinez – Ballet, Contemporary Teacher

PROFILE-
Elizabeth Florence Martinez was born on December 17, 1981 at the University Of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. At age 3 she moved back to her home country Oslo, Norway. At age 6 is when she developed her great love for ballet beginning her studies at The Royal Academy of Ballet in Norway.
She currently resides in Lehi, Utah with her Husband of 12 years Christian Martinez and their three beautiful children Christian, Levi and Anna Lillia. Her family is by far her greatest accomplishment and her passion.
TRAINING-
Royal Academy of Ballet- Oslo, Norway
-Royal Norwegian Opera Ballet school- Oslo, Norway
-Pacific Norwest Ballet school- Seattle, Washington
-Ballet West Conservatory (Now Called Ballet West Academy) Salt Lake City, UT
– Berlin State Opera School of Ballet-Berlin, Germany (Foreign Exchange Program)
PROFESSIONAL-
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company- Aspen, Colorado 1999-2014
Classical/Contemporary Ballet Teacher at Revelle Academy-Sarasota, FL
Classical Ballet Teacher at The Pointe Academy – Highland, UT
DANCE EXPERIENCE-
Elizabeth Martinez began her training at the Royal Academy of Ballet In Oslo, Norway at the age of six. Soon progressing and entering the Royal Norwegian Opera School of Ballet.

In 1992 her family moved back to Salt Lake City, Utah where she enrolled and continued her training at Ballet West Conservatory under the direction of Sharee Lane. There she studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Character, Flamenco and pilates.
In 1993 she studied at the Pacific Northwest School of Ballet while her family relocated to Seattle, Washington.
In 1997 Elizabeth was part of a foreign exchange ballet program with The Berlin State Opera School of Ballet in Berlin, Germany for 6 weeks. Her family again moved back to Utah where at the age of 15 became a trainee for Ballet West and started performing with the company in major productions such as Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Western Symphony and Four Temperaments.

She began her professional dancing career with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company in 1999 under the direction of Tom Mossbrucker and Jean Phillipe-Malaty former principal dancers for The Joffrey Ballet. Having the opportunity to travel to many countries and dancing in many leading roles such as Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet; Sugar Plum, Dew Drop and Snow Queen in The Nutcraker; Apollo Who Cares? Company B and many contemporary pieces.

She has been blessed to work with many World Renown Choreographers such as; Elaine Kudo, , Edward Liang, Nicolo Fonte, Jacopo Godani, Moses Pendleton, Trey McIntyre, Dominique Dumais, Jorma Elo, and Jimmy Gamonet .

Brooke Wasserman Ballet, Pointe Teacher

Born in Marlborough, CT. After receiving a scholarship toward her summer studies she trained at The Sarasota Ballet Academy in Sarasota, FL under the direction of Adrian Ciobanu following her initial education with founding company member Yseult Leger at the age of 12. The school’s faculty included Pavel Fomin, Isabel Dubrocq, Ludmila Lopukhova and Darya Fedotova. While studying, she was invited to perform with The Sarasota Ballet performing in Eva Peron: A Dance Portrait, Coppelia, Don Quixote and as Mary in La Boutique Fantasque. In 2008 she enrolled in the State University of New York at Purchase College where she had the opportunity to perform as a part of Dancer’s Responding to AIDS at the Joyce Theater NYC. She was also a member of the Purchase Dance Corps performing several BFA and MFA contemporary works. In 2010 she moved home to Connecticut to study with famed ballet master Alexei Tchernichov and dance with Hartford City Ballet and CONNetic Dance. 

She has taught at The Jacqueline Roach School of Dance, Dance City and The Arts, Revelle Academy, Starz Choice Dance Academy, ReFlex and International Ballet of Florida. Her classes focus on the Vaganova style of classical ballet. In 2016 and 2020 she attended weeks of the Open World Dance Foundation’s Vaganova Teacher’s Training taught by Ekaterina Shchelkanova in collaboration with Professor Mme. Ludmila Safronova of The Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Her soloist roles have included: Jasmine in Aladdin, Zulme in Giselle, Magnolia in Snow Queen, Winter Fairy in Cinderella, and Mercedes in Don Quixote. Her repertoire includes: The Nutcracker, Giselle, Aladdin, Snow Queen, Snow White, Little Mermaid, Don Quixote, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Vainonen’s Flames of Paris Pas De Deux, Carolyn Paine’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Roman Baca’s Homecoming, and Jonathan Riedel’s Verdant Fire.