Eugene Petrov

EUGENE PETROV is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, and began his education with the International Folk Dance Ensemble at the prestigious Institute of Culture, where he was trained in character dance and classical ballet. By age 15, he became a company member, and shortly thereafter, was promoted to soloist. He performed with the company throughout Russia and its former republics, as well as in Europe and India.
After arriving in the United States in 1992, he continued his training and worked as a teacher and leading dancer with Irine Fokine Ballet in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Mr. Petrov has performed as a guest artist with Connecticut Ballet and with Sierra Nevada Ballet. He has danced principal and soloist roles in renowned classics such as Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as many contemporary works, and has performed throughout the United States, including New York City; Washington DC; Reno/Lake Tahoe, NV; Cleveland, OH; Oneonta, NY; Phoenix, AZ; and Stamford, CT.
Mr. Petrov has over 20 years of teaching experience in both classical ballet and in character. He currently teaches all levels of ballet, from beginner through professional. Mr. Petrov enjoys being a part of the education and development of future generations of dancers here at the Petrov Ballet School.

Jill Fede

Jill Fede began her dance training with her mother, Janet Fede. At the age of 8, she began studying at the Irine Fokine Ballet School with Irine Fokine, Jeanette Tannan-Hoffman, and later with Eugene Petrov. She was a member of the Irine Fokine Ballet Company, performing leading roles such as Black Swan, Grand Pas Classique, Waltz of the Flowers Soloist, and Snow Queen, as well as performing with New Jersey Verissimo Opera and Marya Kennett Ballet Theatre. She also participated in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition in Washington, D.C., receiving an honorable mention award. Ms. Fede was accepted into the SUNY Purchase College Dance Conservatory, where she studied with former dancers from American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet and was a member of the SUNY Purchase Dance Corps, performing works staged by faculty and guest choreographers. In 2004, Ms. Fede was invited to perform with the Irine Fokine Ballet Company in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has also studied with Studio Maestro and Dorit Koppel in NYC, and continues to dance and study ballet in New York City.
Ms. Fede attended Montclair State University where she received her BA in Early Childhood Education. She is currently employed as a preschool teacher in the Garfield School District and is pursuing a Master's Degree. She is very excited to be a faculty member at the Petrov Ballet School and looks forward to working with the students.

Elisabeth Holowchuk

Elisabeth Holowchuk was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She received her early training from Christine Melgar Taylor and continued her studies at the School of American Ballet. Ms. Holowchuk has been a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet since 2001 and was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 2008. Her repertoire includes leading roles in Balanchine's Meditation, Haieff Divertimento, Concierto de Mozart, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Ragtime, Agon, The Unanswered Question pas de deux from Ivesiana, and Clarinade, as well as Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun and featured roles in the restaging of Balanchine's Don Quixote. She also revived the leading role in Balanchine's Pithoprakta and is the only dancer since Suzanne Farrell to dance this role in 40 years. In 2009 Ms. Holowchuk was chosen to be coached in the ballet Meditation by Suzanne Farrell for The George Balanchine Foundation's Interpreters Archive video series. She has performed as a guest artist with the New Jersey Ballet and worked with the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet from 2003-2007 as rehearsal coach and choreographer. Ms. Holowchuk also owns the design company Stylish Ink and created a line of merchandise that is sold nationwide and in the Kennedy Center gift shop.

Jessica Molnar

Jessica Molnar was born and raised in Waldwick, NJ. She studied ballet at the Irine Fokine Ballet School in Ridgewood for 11 years. Further ballet training came from Jeanette Hoffman, Maggie Black, David Howard, Michael Vernon, and Robert Joffrey. Starting her professional ballet career at 17, she joined Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1990, Jessica joined the Zurich Opernhaus Ballet company in Switzerland. She enjoyed interpreting the classical as well as neo-classical roles created by Uwe Scholz. She performed in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, The Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, Die Schopfung, Schumann, Ikarus, and Stravinsky’s Symphony in 3 movements, as well as the operas Salome and Eugene Onegin.
After retiring from the stage, Jessica pursued her desire to teach ballet to children. Using her language skills, she found she could reach a large number of students, and opened her own ballet school outside of Zurich. Further credits include: developing a ballet program to enhance the training routine of the boys gymnastics team of Zurich, choreographing and performing liturgical dance for a touring group in Germany, directing and choreographing “The Swiss Musical Night” which toured Switzerland as a musical revue, private coaching for opera singers and musical theater performers and directing the opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” in Lucerne.
After a fulfilling 17 years abroad, Jessica moved back to New Jersey with her husband and daughter in 2007. Upon her return, she joined the ballet staff at Miss Patti's School of Dance in Midland Park where she is also involved in their annual Nutcracker production. Jessica was last seen as The Dancer in “John Brown’s Body,” a play presented by The Hillside Players of Ridgewood. In her free time, Jessica competes in American Smooth and Rhythm ballroom dancing and has won all of the Tri-State and Capital Dancesport championships she has entered.

Susan Sorota

Susan Sorota began her professional ballet training at The New York School of Ballet with Richard Thomas. She earned a B.F.A. in Dance from S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and has also studied dance at The Schools of Cleveland, Houston, and San Francisco Ballet and at STEPS on Broadway. Ms. Sorota has performed with the Dance Corps at Purchase, Ballet Binghamton, Eglevsky Ballet, and Felice Lesser Dance Theater. After making the decision to pursue a different career field, Ms. Sorota continued to perform in local productions of original choreography, including Cinderella and the Nutcracker. In addition to teaching at Petrov Ballet, Ms. Sorota teaches pre-school and pre-ballet dance classes at a local elementary school. In June 2012, she completed a training program for the Leap ‘N Learn Early Childhood Dance Program. In addition to her ballet training, she also has a strong yoga practice, and in July of 2011, Ms. Sorota completed the Karma Kids Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Program. She includes components of yoga in ballet classes for her youngest of students. Ms. Sorota lives with her family in Glen Rock and is very proud that her daughters Stephanie and Julienne share their mother's fondness for ballet and are both students at Petrov Ballet School.

Olga Yaroslavtseva

Olga Yaroslavtseva was born in Riga, Latvia (former Soviet Union). At age 9, she started her professional training at the Riga Ballet Academy, where she was trained in all aspects of ballet, with a strong emphasis on traditional classical techniques. During her school years in the Academy, she performed at the Latvian National Opera House.
After graduation in 1982, she became a member of the Latvian National Ballet, and in 1985 was promoted to principal dancer. She performed leading roles in the full classical repertory including Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and many others, touring internationally. In 1989, while on tour, she defected from the Soviet Union, and became a member of the American Ballet Theatre under Mikhail Baryshnikov. Over her 11 years with ABT, she performed a wide variety of soloist and leading roles, including Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Harlots and Friends in Romeo and Juliet, Bathilda in Giselle, and Madam Vyrubova in Anastasia, as well as many others. Olga toured extensively with the company throughout the United States and around the world.
Upon leaving ABT, she went on to teach at the YMCA Performing Arts School in Wyckoff, NJ. As teacher and choreographer, she worked with students ranging in age from 7 to 18 years, from beginner to advanced, including pointe, variations, traditional, and contemporary. She was the choreographer for award-winning competitions and yearly recitals, as well as head choreographer for The Nutcracker performed at the YMCA in December 2010. In the spring of 2011, Olga started work with the Greenwich Ballet Academy, and is now very excited to be part of the Petrov Ballet School faculty.

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