Ballet Instructors

Cosmin Marculetiu
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
Ricardo Rhodes, Sarasota Ballet

Many other students have won full scholarships at universities throughout the U.S.

Melinda Marculetiu
Artistic Director and Founder

Ms. Melinda Marculetiu began her training at age 6 with The Virginia Beach Conservatory of Arts where she was enthusiastically instructed by Betty Jean Walker, Virginia Biggs, Teresa Martinez, Silvia and Colin Worth, Richard Hicks, and others.  Starting at the age of 12, Ms. Marculetiu was awarded a full merit scholarship from the Conservatory which she diligently earned each consecutive year.Ms. Marculetiu was invited to join the Virginia Beach Community Ballet Company as one of the founding members.  As a company member, Ms. Marculetiu performed annually in the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, local events and functions, as well as in exclusive performances at the Virginia Beach Pavilion (current site of the Virginia Beach Convention Center).  Ms. Marculetiu is also very proud to have had the opportunity to perform several times each year for the U.S. Military Services at military bases in Eastern Virginia and North Carolina.Ms. Marculetiu attended Radford University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts.   She was mentored by Frano Jelencic; emeritus, Dagmar Kessler, Dr. Pegeen Albig, and Dr. Mary Pat Balkus.  Ms. Marculetiu performed during her undergraduate years with the Radford University Dance Theatre and the Roanoke Ballet.Upon graduation from Radford University, Ms. Marculetiu was engaged as a professional ballet dancer with the Croation National Ballet in the capital city of Zagreb where she performed for many years.  While in Croatia, Ms. Marculetiu filmed commercials, cultural programs and movies for Zagrebacka Televizija and the Croation National Filming Company, Jadran Film, and performed each summer in the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. In 1992, after seven seasons with the National Ballet, Ms. Marculetiu accepted a position with the Landesbuhnen Sachsen as a professional dancer. Following her move to Dresden, Germany, Ms. Marculetiu was, in addition to being a dancer, a ballet instructor, teaching all levels of ballet and she choreographed many children’s performances.In 2002 Ms. Marculetiu returned with her family, to the United States, eager to serve the community and enthusiastically educate the next generations of dancers with the knowledge and experiences she gained during her career as a professional dancer and pedagogue.  Ms. Marculetiu has instructed at several non profit and private dance schools in Massachusetts and other New England states, as well as providing Master Classes and working with Summer Intensive Ballet Programs on the East Coast as far south as Florida.Ms. Marculetiu wishes to thank all of her teachers and she is extremely grateful for their guidance, encouragement, and the knowledge that she has gained personally because of all of their efforts; and, she is striving with passion to continue the cycle of quality training.

Kseniya Melyukhina
Ballet Instructor

A native of Berezniki, Russia, Ms. Kseniya Melyukhina began her training at the Berizniki Ballet School when she was 4 years old. She continued her ballet studies in Berizniki, where she studied classical ballet and Russian charac-ter dance techniques with Svetlana Pronina. Her repertoire included Kitri in Don Quixote, Masha in Nutcracker, small swans in Swan Lake, leading roles in Coppelia and Creation of the World and Carmen among others. In 2001, as a ballet school student, Ms. Melyukhina took part in the regional competition Perm Divertissement, where she became a winner. In 2004 Ms. Melyukhina took part in the international competition “Golden Bird”, where she was awarded with a special prize. Upon graduation from Berezniki Ballet School in 2004 Ms. Melyukhina joined Theatre Evgenij-Panfilov Ballet (Perm, Russia), a modern dance company where she studied modern dance with Sergej Rajnik, Alexej Rstorguev, Alexej Kolbin. Since 2005 she has been a principal dancer in the company. In 2009, Ms. Melyukhina graduated from the Perm State Technical University with a major in German and English linguis-tics. Ms. Melyukhina currently resides in Boston and performs as a freelance artist in the New England area work-ing with a number of companies such as North-Atlantic Ballet, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Lorraine Chapman the Compa-ny, and Ballet Rox.

Jennifer Lestor
Youth Dance Instructor

Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley College, 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, 1994. She began her dance career with The Boston Ballet at age 5, and danced in their production of The Nutcracker Suite.

Jennifer has been teaching dance to preschoolers since 1994 in several nursery schools and dance studios in the Boston Area including, The Dancing Arts Center in Holliston and Creative Steps Dance Studio in Newton. She also teaches and choreographs for first and second graders at The Watertown Children’s Theatre in Watertown and sixth thru ninth graders at Boston Children’s Theatre Summer Program in Beverly.

Lori Nowak
Ballet Instructor

Lori Nowak has been teaching in the Boston area since her retirement as a soloist from Boston Ballet.  Lori received her early ballet training from Andre and Leda Eglevsky, and from American Ballet Theater School.

Clara Mills
Youth Ballet Instructor

Growing up in Massachusetts, Clara started dancing at the age of three. Her senior year of high school she joined the Boston Ballet School where she performed in the professional production of The Nutcracker. Clara held a performing arts scholarship at the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College, where she graduated from in May 2015 with a BA in Dance and minor in Psychology. Here, she had studied ballet and pointe with Jill Silverman, Cosmin Marculetiu, Jeremy Ruth Howes, and Boston Ballet’s Laura Young; the Horton technique in modern with Gregory King; and jazz with Milsy Davis and Todd Shanks. In 2013 and 2015 she performed in Dean College’s dance companies, performing pointe pieces from Laura Young and Jeremy Ruth Howes. Clara has also worked with the Franklin Performing Arts Company in their 2012 and 2013 productions of The Nutcracker, dancing roles of Arabian soloist, Spanish soloist, flowers, and mouse queen. Outside of college, Clara has danced in several professional summer programs, including the Boston Ballet, the Boston Conservatory, Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and the American Ballet Theater in New York.