Fadeyev Ballet promotes and supports the art of dance through education, performance and outreach on Long Island and to an international audience based on the syllabus of the Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet. The study of dance develops and nurtures self-confidence, strong bodies and minds, an understanding of music and a love of the arts. We regularly accept new students to our world-class training program and offer exciting performance opportunities for all of our students including Fadeyev Ballet's Nutcracker.
Faculty and Guest Artists
Founder and Artistic Director Yaroslav Fadeyev
Yaroslav (Slava) Fadeyev has over 30 years experience as a dance professional. He was born into a ballet family in St. Petersburg, Russia. His mother, Svetlana Fadeyeva, is a professor and was a master teacher at St. Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Sciences, principal dancer at Mikhailovsky Theater, and an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.
Slava trained at the famed Vaganova Choreography Academy, noted for its high standards in accepting students. Other graduates of this Academy include: Balanchine, Baryshnikov, Fokine, Makarova, Lopatkina, Nijinsky, Nureyev, Pavlova, Vishneva and many others. In addition to Slava’s comprehensive classical ballet training, the Vaganova Academy’s rigorous curriculum included: character dance, mime, stage fighting, acting, ballet history, fencing, stage makeup and piano.
Upon graduation he was invited to join the prestigious Kirov Ballet (now called Mariinksy Ballet) of the Mariinsky Theatre, where he danced soloist roles in numerous classical ballets including: Giselle, Swan Lake, Walpurgis Night, La Bayadére, Fairy Doll, Legend of Love, Romeo & Juliet, Coppélia, Le Sylphide, Anna Karenina, and The Nutcracker.
Mr. Fadeyev was selected as one of only seven students, and the only professional dancer, from the Soviet Union to participate in the Peace Child exchange program here in the United States and in the Soviet Union. During Perestroika, Peace Child represented one of the initial programs that brought these two countries together through the arts and was one of the first times that children from Russia were permitted to travel to the USA.
In 1995, he was invited to join the Hartford Ballet in Connecticut as a Principal Dancer under the artistic direction of Kirk Peterson. In Hartford he danced Nutcracker, Coppelia, Giselle, and Choo San Goh's In the Glow of the Night.
Additionally, Slava has danced with the New York Metropolitan Opera, Uralsky Dance Productions, Eglevsky Ballet, Sawnee Ballet Company, and other companies. He has performed internationally on some of the greatest stages in the world.
Mr. Fadeyev’s teaching and coaching highlights include Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Academy of Russian Classical Ballet, Sawnee School of Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Dany Holdstein Two Worlds and American Theater Dance Workshop.
As a teacher Slava is a meticulous professional skilled in classical ballet, theater and the performing arts. Slava’s fluency in Russian and English enable him to be precise and articulate in communicating ideas. He is accomplished in teaching classical ballet, pas de deux, character dance, and coaching for performances and competitions.
Mr. Fadeyev is utilizing his knowledge and skill and tapping into his vast international ballet network to develop Fadeyev Ballet as Long Island’s premier dance organization.
In addition to his school, Mr. Fadeyev has introduced dancers and ballet lovers to his home country Russia with tours through his company RUSSIA BALLET TRAVEL. These tours offer the opportunity to take daily Master Ballet Classes with renowned teachers and coaches. As a former Kirov Ballet dancer Slava has the knowledge and connections to offer unprecedented access to Mariinsky and Bolshoi theaters.