Classical Ballet in the Russian Tradition


Konstantin Kolotov    ​Director, Instructor- Ballet III, IV, V

Konstantin Kolotov was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, in a family of professional ballet dancers and pedagogues. He received his training from Vaganova Ballet Academy in Novosibirsk, where he graduated with a Diploma with Honors as a Professional Ballet Dancer, with extensive study in all aspects of dance. He then danced at the Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Sverdlovsk, Russia), the Theatre of Contemporary Ballet directed by B. Eifman (St. Petersburg), St. Petersburg Classical Ballet Theatre, and St. Petersburg Academic Ballet Theatre under the guidance of Professor Askold Makarov.

In 1997, he received the title Master of Stage. His repertoire includes Siegfrid from Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the Prince in both Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, Basil in Don Quixote and various Pas de Deux including Paquita, Le Corsaire, Flames of Paris, Spring Waters and many more celebrated contemporary pieces.

Having performed all over the world and danced professionally for 24 years, Mr. Kolotov has a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to his students. He is in demand as guest artist and master teacher throughout the United States. For many years, as an educator, Mr. Kolotov has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of students. By teaching classes, choreographing, and setting performances, he has earned respect along with a reputation for excellence.

Arina Kolotova    ​​Co-Director, Instructor- Ballet (all levels)

Arina Kolotova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She studied at the Vaganova Academy of Dance, and graduated with a diploma from the Perm Academy of Ballet.

Ms. Kolotova was a Principal Dancer with the Classical Ballet of St. Petersburg, and has performed leading roles in major classical ballets such as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty; Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker; Giselle in Giselle; the lead in Paquita; Odetta and Pas de Trois in Swan Lake; Pas de Deux from Don Quixote; Swanhilda in Coppelia; Spring Waters Pas de Deux; Les Sylphides; and many more, as well as several well-known contemporary pieces.

Ms. Kolotova danced with Marlen Skog Ballet Company in Sweden and performed for many years as Principal Dancer with St. Petersburg Classical Ballet Company and toured throughout France, England, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and U.S.A. She has successfully instructed students in technique, pointe and classical ballet throughout her career and enjoys teaching and working with young students. A supportive, friendly atmosphere is present in her class at all times, inspiring the student to achieve their own personal best.

Catherine Westerduin    ​​Summer Instructor- Pre Ballet, Ballet I, II, III, & Guest Artist

Catherine began her ballet training with principal dancer Leonid Kozlov, and was a leading member of Kozlov Dance International. She has performed prestigious roles from several classical ballets, including Arabian, Dewdrop and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker; Three Swans and Four Swans in Swan Lake; Kitri's solo from Don Quixote; Dying Swan; and leading roles in Chopiniana, Pas de Quatre, and The Firebird. 

Mr. Kozlov choreographed several standout solos for her during her time with his company, including "The Photographer," with which she won a silver medal at the Youth America Grand Prix in Torrington, CT, and competed at the finals in New York City. She received honors for her performance at Tanzolymp International Dance Festival in Berlin, Germany, and placed second at Dance Festival of New Jersey. She also performed The Nutcracker in Aruba, and danced at the Plaza Hotel in NYC and the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. 

Catherine's training has also included contemporary dance, jazz, Russian folk dance, modern, musical theater, and hula. She studied Afro-Caribe with Jean-Claude Lessou at Ballet Austin, and Nimatoulaye and Maguette Camara at Alvin Ailey.  Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, a Masters of Sociology from Columbia University, and is working on her Masters in Public Health from University of Pennsylvania. 

Jessalyn Traino    ​Administrator, Instructor

Jessalyn studied classical ballet for sixteen years with Leonid Kozlov, former principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet, and Russian folk dance with former Moisyev Ballet principal dancer Alexandre Antchoutine. She was a longtime member of Kozlov Dance International, competing in the European Folk Festival and the New York City Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix, and performing in such prestigious locations as the Plaza Hotel in New York and the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. She was also a member of the first production of The Nutcracker ever brought to the island of Aruba. Her repertoire includes Dewdrop and Soloist in The Nutcracker, Three Swans in Swan Lake, and leading roles in Paquita, Verdi's The Four Seasons and many original works, including specially choreographed folk pieces. 

Jessalyn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she was the director of the Latin dance company Paraíso Latino, specializing in choreographing ballet/Latin fusion pieces. She currently works with the Ballet V students at Kolotov Dance Studio, creating unique ballet and contemporary pieces for them for the Spring Performances. She is also a substitute teacher for the younger students. 

Jessalyn is also a trained domestic violence responder, and an Emergency Medical Technician for the state of New Jersey.