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Artistic Director:
Irina Lebedeva

     received her professional training at the State Perm Ballet Academy, joined The Tchaikovsky Perm Opera and Ballet Theater after graduation. 
   The Tchaikovsky dancers have a direct lineage to the Maryinsky (later Kirov) Ballet in St. Petersburg, the cradle of pure classical dancing, whose members were evacuated to Perm during World War II. 
   Ms. Lebedeva went on to Lenningrad's Classical Ballet Company and the Moscow Festival Ballet, where she was a principal dancer.During her career she danced the leading roles in a large amount of the classical ballet repertoire .

   After her defection to the United States, in June, 1990, she continued her performance career in America; where she performed with Eglevsky Ballet and other companies. She later became an instructor at the Eglevsky school as well.

  Ms. Lebedeva has taught ballet seminars and company classes in twenty-eight states. Currently Ms. Lebedeva works with Connecticut Ballet Company as a Ballet coach and teacher in a Connecticut Ballet School.

 Ms. Lebedeva was honored to be called as a Judge for the  2012 International Ballet Competition in Caracas,Venezuela.

Irina Lebedeva and Andrei Bossov performing in "The Sleeping Beauty"
Irina Lebedeva and Andrei Bossov performing in "The Sleeping Beauty"


Victoria Barretti-Rhine                                                  webassets/37417_442109533131_3436615_n.jpg                  

Victoria grew up in Long Island and started ballet at the age of nine. She discovered Ms. Lebedeva as a young adult and since then, she has developed a passion and greater understanding of the Vaganova method.Victoria applies this technique when she teaches her students as well. In addition to being trained by Ms. Lebedeva, Victoria has studied with other sought after dancers in New York such as Gelsey Kirkland and staff at American Ballet Theater. In 2012, she traveled to Russia to visit the Vaganova Academy of Classical Ballet to watch the students in class and expand her knowledge of this beautiful art.Victoria began teaching students of all ages and skill levels on the south shore. She emphasizes technique and small details, and helps her students becomemore fluid and expressive in their dancing. She models much of her class after what she haslearned from Ms. Lebedeva over the years. She is enthusiastic to be part of the staff and workingso closely with Ms. Lebedeva at Long Island Ballet Academy.


John Wihelm
is a member of the United States Fencing Association (USFA)and the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA).He received his foil fencing coach and wheelchair fencing coachcertification from the USFA at the Olympic Training Camp in Colorado Springs and his Moniteur in Foil, Epee, and SaberFencing from the USFCA.
His teaching credits include NCAA Yeshiva University, Varsity Hewlett HS, Stony Brook Fencing Club andannual SB Fencing Open for 10 years;  Youth Fencing at numerous community programs such as:New York City Parks Department and the Sports and sports Foundation; Gold Coast Arts Center;  Oyster Bay Boy's and Girl's Club and Police Athletic League; as well as YMCA at Glen Cove.