HISTORY

Originally founded in 2000 by legendary Ukrainian ballet pioneers Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler , The Russian Ballet Orlando (RBO) was incorporated as a professional company and is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States. RBO has built a reputation presenting bold works that set the tone for the company's emergence as a powerhouse among Florida based ballet companies.

 

BORN IN KIEV, UKRAINE

As my parents, Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler, were Principal Dancers of the National Theater of Ukraine , my sister and I were exposed to the theatrical world from the very beginning. Imagine growing up within the walls of the 150 year historical “Kiev Theater”. We lived on the fairy tale world stage of Russian Ballet.

 

In the fall of 1996, my father Vadim Fedotov accepted an offer to choreograph a 30 minute Nutcracker on ice at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. During his 3 month stay, Barbara Riggins, former Artistic Director and founder of Southern Ballet Theater (now known as Orlando Ballet) saw Vadim’s production and immediately offered him a resident position. The Company Associates were equally captivated and fascinated by Vadim’s artistic style of ballet choreography; so, they moved swiftly to offer Vadim an executive membership position within their celebrated company. Vadim and Irina became members of Orlando Ballet Theater in 1997.

 

My mother Irina Depler fast became the Ballet Mistress and chief training coach for the Orlando Ballet. My sister, Darya Fedotova, and her husband, Sergiy Mikhaylov, became principal dancers for Orlando Ballet Theater as well. I continued to be a student of the art of ballet and performing arts while studying at UCF.

 

In June of 2000, my family took another huge leap of faith and opened our own ballet school, “Russian Ballet Orlando” at The Plaza Theater, in Downtown Orlando on Bumby Avenue.

 

EXPANSION

Within 3 years Russian Ballet Orlando became one of the top 5 ballet schools in Florida and expanded our operation with a second school in Waterford Lakes, Florida. My parents, Vadim and Irina became the directors of our Waterford Studio, while I became the director of our original Bumby Studio. My sister and her husband (Darya and Sergiy) launched a third location in Sarasota, FL called School of Russian Ballet and  they have become the leading ballet instructors in Sarasota.

In 2011 I had the honor to become the President of the Board for the Russian Ballet Orlando since then I have been performing as the Director and President of the board for Russian Ballet Orlando. I continue my family’s legacy educating and training young, aspiring dancers to succeed and pursue their professional career in ballet.

My main goal at Russian Ballet Orlando is to provide dancers with opportunities to train in the Russian “Vaganova” method while building their professional resume through solo performances and principal roles in productions. Upon graduation, Russian Ballet Orlando graduates will have an impressive resume filled with strong experiences that will propel their resumes and attract dance companies worldwide.

This March 23rd we celebrate our 18th anniversary and we are going to celebrate with a wonderful 2018´s season, producing 6 Ballets in more than 20 performances around the year, starting with La Bayadère.

Katerina Fedotova