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.

Current classes: Adult Open Ballet; Ballet III, IV, V; Boys Ballet.

Melinda Marculetiu
Artistic Director and Founder

Melinda Marculetiu trained with the Virginia Beach Conservatory of Arts, and went on to join the Virginia Beach Community Ballet Company as one of their founding members.

Ms. Marculetiu studied at Radford University, and performed with their Dance Theatre and the Roanoke Ballet. Following her career in Virginia, Ms. Marculetiu was a professional ballet dancer with the Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb, and in 1992, she accepted a position with the Landesbuhnen Sachsen as a professional dancer. In 2002 Ms. Marculetiu returned to the United States, eager to serve the community and educate the next generations of dancers with the knowledge and experience 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 throughout New England; she has provided Master Classes and worked with Summer Intensive Ballet Programs on the East Coast as far south as Florida.

Ms. Marculetiu attended Radford University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts.

Doug Kolakowski
Contemporary Instructor

Doug Kolakowski is an actor, dancer and choreographer who trained and performed in Sarasota, Florida prior to moving to Massachusetts to attend The Boston Conservatory. While in Florida, Doug worked as an apprentice with the Moving Ethos Dance Company and performed in Cinderella with the West Coast Civic Ballet. Since moving to Boston, Doug has performed in various roles with Project Movement, Luminarium Dance Company, and Speakeasy; he has also worked behind the scenes as a choreographer with Emerson College Theatre Company and Stage Door studios. While attending school, Doug instructed in Florida at Mysticals Dance Company and West Coast Civic Ballet, and at Urbanity Dance and the New England Movement Arts International Summer Ballet Intensive in Massachusetts. Currently, Doug is a recurring performer with the American Repertory Theater.

Doug has an Associates in Arts Degree from the State College of Florida, and is presently studying jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance as a BFA candidate for Contemporary Dance at The Boston Conservatory.

Current classes: Adult Contemporary and Jazz; Youth Contemporary

Jennifer Lester-Rubin
Youth Dance Instructor

Jennifer Lester-Rubin trained with the Boston Ballet, and danced in their production of The Nutcracker at the age of 5. She has been teaching dance to preschoolers in several nursery schools and dance studios in the Boston Area for more than twenty years, and has instructed students at 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 the sixth thru ninth graders at Boston Children’s Theatre Summer Program in Beverly.

Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley College, and a Master’s Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College.

Current classes: Ballet I/II.

Kseniya Melyukhina
Ballet Instructor

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.

Current classes: Ballet III, IV, V; Stretching

Clara Mills
Youth Ballet Instructor

Clara Mills has studied ballet for nearly twenty years. During her senior year of high school, she joined the Boston Ballet School where she performed in their professional production of The Nutcracker. In college, Clara 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 danced 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. Clara has danced in several professional summer programs including the Boston Ballet, the Boston Conservatory, the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and the American Ballet Theater in New York.

Clara graduated with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Psychology from Dean College, where she held a performing arts scholarship at the Palladino School of Dance.

Current classes: Creative Dance I and II; Pre-Ballet I and II; Ballet I

Lori Nowak
Ballet Instructor

Ms. Nowak grew up in New York and trained with Andre and Leda Eglevsky. She attended summer programs at School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theater before joining Boston Ballet in 1980. Ms. Nowak loved dancing in the corps de ballet as well as her soloist and principle roles. Her major roles included Odette in Swan Lake, Giselle in Giselle, the Sylph in La Sylphide and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Her major Balanchine roles include the Sylph in Scotch Symphony, the Waltz Girl in Serenade and The Sleepwalker in La Sonnambula. She also performed many soloist and corps roles in Agon, The Four Temperaments, Rubies from the ballet Jewels, Symphony in C, and Who Cares? . Other ballets she danced as a soloist were Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Lilac Garden [Caroline], Napoli and Pas de Quatre. Ms. Nowak retired from Boston Ballet in 1994 in order to raise her three children. She has now returned to ballet as an instructor.

Current classes: Adult Open Ballet; Beginner Adult Pointe, Ballet II and III


Lauren Sylvia
Ballet Instructor

Lauren Sylvia studied ballet at the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education.  At the age of 13, she was admitted into the Junior Company, where she performed alongside professional company dancers as part of the student ensemble in Viktor Plotnikov’s Cinderella, as well as Festival Ballet Providence’s productions of Giselle, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Additionally, Lauren attended the Chautauqua Summer Intensive in NY and the CPYB Summer Intensive in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  She participated in the Youth America Grand Prix competition for three years, where she won recognition for her contemporary dance variation.  After graduating from high school, she joined Festival Ballet Providence Company as a Trainee member for two years during college.  She then spent a year dancing for the contemporary company Part of the Oath under Colleen Cavanaugh and Danielle Genest.

Lauren continues training and performing under the guidance of Cosmin and Melinda Marculetiu, and has been a guest ballerina in previous IBA Norwell and New England Movement Arts performances.

Current classes: Beginner Adult Ballet; Adult Character