Executive Director and Founder
At age 9, Cosmin was discovered in a nation-wide search for artistic talents and accepted into the Academy of Arts and Choreography in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He completed the Academy with honors, received certifications in pedagogy and choreography, and went on to be a professional ballet dancer. As a professional ballet dancer, he was a soloist with the Romanian National Ballet in Cluj-Napoca, RO, the touring company Europe Ballet, and the Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb. In 1992 he became a soloist with the Landesbuhnen Sachsen in Radebeul (Dresden), Germany, where he danced for 10 years. Since 2002, Cosmin has established himself as a master ballet instructor in New England; he was on the dance faculty of the Boston Arts Academy and was an artistic associate at Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre. More recently, he was the ballet master of Festival Ballet in Rhode Island, where he coached, taught, and rehearsed students and company members. In August of 2010 Cosmin founded the International Ballet Academy of Norwell, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serve the South Shore of Massachusetts, and in 2013 he co-founded New England Movement Arts.
Some of Cosmin’s notable students include: Russell Ferguson (Winner, So You Think You Can Dance),
Issac Akiba (Soloist, Boston Ballet), Alejandro Diaz (Pittsburgh Ballet) and
Ricardo Rhodes (Sarasota Ballet).
Many other students have won full scholarships at universities throughout the U.S.
Kseniya Melyukhina began her training at the Berizniki Ballet School, where she studied classical ballet and Russian character dance techniques. Her repertoire includes Kitri in Don Quixote, Masha in The Nutcracker, small swans in Swan Lake, leading roles in Coppelia, Creation of the World, Carmen, and many others. As a ballet school student, Ms. Melyukhina won the regional competition Perm Divertissement, and in 2004 she competed at the international “Golden Bird” competition. Her company experience includes performing with the Theatre Evgenij-Panfilov Ballet (Perm, Russia), where she studied modern dance and was a principal dancer in the company.
Kseniya has degrees in German and English Linguistics from Perm State Technical University. She performs as a freelance artist in the New England area working with a number of companies such as North-Atlantic Ballet, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Lorraine Chapman the Company, and Ballet Rox.