Russian Ballet Alafaya in East Orlando was founded in 2000 by ballet professionals and master teachers, Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler. Prior to moving to the United States, both Fedotov and Depler were principal dancers for the National Ballet of Ukraine. Both have extensive teaching and choreography experience.
Russian Ballet Alafaya 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 not-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 two ballet studios, Bumby Avenue and Tuskawilla Road. After outgrowing the Tuskawilla studio, they opened a brand new 4000 square foot studio in the Waterford Lakes / Eastwood / Stoneybrook / Avalon Park area, right in the heart of East Orlando.