Russian Academy of Ballet, Alafaya in East Orlando was founded in 2000 by Russian Ballet professionals and master teachers, Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler. RABA is known throughout Orlando as the premiere Russian method ballet school. This family owned and operated school is the school in residence for Ballet Fedotov, a pre-professional Ballet Company.
Before opening their company in 2000, both Fedotov and Depler worked three years for the Southern Ballet Theatre as Ballet Masters and Principal Teachers. In 2001, they created the non for profit ballet company, Ballet Fedotov, Inc. In 2003, Fedotov and Depler became Artistic Director and Executive Director for the Orlando City Ballet and began their work for both of their ballet studios, Bumby Avenue and Tuskawilla Road. After outgrowing the Tuskawilla studio, they opened a brand new 4000 square foot studio in Waterford Lakes, the heart of East Orlando.
Vadim Fedotov, credentials include: Guest Choreographer and former Principal dancer for National Ballet of Ukraine (Shevchenko’s National Opera of Ukraine); Honor Artist of Ukraine, Laureate International Ballet competition for choreographers; Artistic Director and choreographer for many companies around world: Spain, Japan, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Latvia, South America, USA.
Irina Depler’s credentials include: Principal Teacher- former Principal dancer for National Theater of Ukraine; Principal teacher for many professionals Ballet schools in Ukraine, USA and around world. Teacher for many professionals Ballet competitions in Kiev, Moscow, Sent Petersburg, Paris, New York.
This season 2014-2015 Russian Ballet on Alafaya and Ballet Fedotov will present original performances in choreography by Vadim Fedotov: Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, The Nutcracker, and the première this season of La Mermaid in the spring of 2015.