Welcome to Brevard Ballet Academy. We are a small, prestigious school offering world-class ballet instruction to the greater Melbourne area. We provide students the opportunity to aspire in the world of ballet by offering regularly scheduled training, dance competitions, private lessons, performances, summer camps and Master classes. Brevard Ballet Academy is a proud corporate sponsor of the Eau Gallie Art District.
Our passion is creating an atmosphere for children and adults to be introduced, grow in their love for ballet, as well as develop skills to further their future in the ballet world. Whether to enhance a healthy lifestyle, further discipline, or to someday dance with a professional company or attend a credible ballet school, Brevard Ballet Academy provides the atmosphere, training and scholarship opportunities to attain these goals.
Elena Shokhina – Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress
Miss Elena graduated from the famed Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia – considered by most to be the world’s premier ballet academy – following 8 years of rigorous training. As a ballerina she was a principal dancer with both St. Petersburg Ballet (Russia) and Nevada Ballet Theatre (USA). Elena was known for her incredible discipline, particularly on pointe, and for her vast repertoire including principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere, Paquita and many others. After nine years of performing as a principal dancer all over the world with the St. Petersburg Ballet, she accepted an invitation in 2000 to perform with the Nevada Ballet Theatre where she became a principal dancer until she retired in 2008. Upon retirement she found her passion for teaching classical ballet.
Elena is now in her tenth year as a teacher and opened Brevard Ballet Academy in 2014. For Elena, being the Ballet Mistress is not just about training, it is about nurturing. Her best asset is the love she has for all of her students.
Noelle Nehmer – Academy Administraror
Noelle graduated from Florida State University and holds a Master’s degree in Finance, along with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Before joining Brevard Ballet Academy, Miss Noelle worked as a finance Analyst for over 10 years at several large corporations in Brevard County, as well as Kennedy Space Center. While in college, Noelle danced in the FSU College of Dance, and the Montgomery School of Dance. She is certified in both yoga and Pilates instruction. We are excited to have such a qualified person to be our Academy Administrator.
Jeff Heiden – Ballet Instructor
Jeff studied with some of the most respected ballet teachers at the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. This allowed him the opportunity to perform with ballet companies such as Orlando Ballet, Dance Alive National Ballet and Cleveland San Jose Ballet. After retiring from his ballet career, Heiden sailed the high seas traveling the world performing and directing on cruise lines as an acrobat and dancer and has also performed in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil. We are so happy and excited to have him with us!
Michele “Mimi” McDonald – Ballet Instructor
Mimi studied Vaganova method classical ballet and teacher preparation from teachers who worked with Russian ballet masters in Cuba. She has a Masters Degree in dance education and served on the faculty of private studios and universities in several major cities. She is the founder of Dance Education Consulting, LLC and is dedicated to excellent dancer and teacher training. Her little boy and baby girl love going to the studio to see the dancers!
Monique Vieta – Pre-Ballet and Contemporary Instructor
Monique’s training includes New World School of the Arts, Miami City Ballet School, Miami Conservatory, and Ballet Etudes (where she furthered her education in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Improvisation, Choreography, and much more). Monique received full scholarships to the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Boston Ballet. She furthered her career in New York City where she danced, choreographed, collaborated, and most importantly, studied from a wide variety of world-renowned, prestigious influences and choreographers from the American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Steps, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance. 1n 1996 she started teaching and fell in love with it, particularly the little ones. Her students have gone on to win numerous awards, scholarships and titles.
Duncan Cooper – Master Class Guest Instructor
Duncan is an in-demand master teacher and choreographer. He received a majority of his training in the San Francisco Ballet, and later spent 5 years dancing with the company. He then joined The Dance Theater of Harlem as a principal dancer from 1995 through 2004. He has danced notable leading roles. His list of guest artist appearances includes lead roles in New York City Ballet, Washington Ballet, Royal Birmingham Ballet and more. Duncan spent five years as a faculty member at New York City Dance Alliance and is currently a faculty member at Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco, Teacher/Choreographer for CLI Studios, and Co-Founder and director of Modas Dance.
We are always seeking accomplished instructors to compliment our exceptional faculty. Your inquiry is sincerely welcome. Please contact us to discuss opportunities or send your resume to resume@BrevardBallet.com.