Inessa Plekhanova


Associate Professor/Director of Ballet Program
B122 Peters Hall
Box 6966
(540) 831-6337


Russian-born Inessa Plekhanova graduated from The State Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia where she received her Master of Fine Arts. She has danced with the Estonian National Ballet, and the Colorado Ballet. Ms. Plekhanova has performed principal and solo roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Raymonda, Giselle, La Bayadere, Theme and Variations, Serenade, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Sleeping Beauty, Rubies, Configurations, to name a few. Ms. Plekhanova taught at the Vaganova Ballet Academy for two years on an assistantship, the College of Dance and Choreography in Tallinn, Estonia for three years and at the Academy of Colorado Ballet from 1991-2005 where she also served as the Artistic Director of the Academy and Colorado Ballet-II from 1999-2005. Ms. Plekhanova is often invited as a guest teacher and choreographer to numerous ballet events in Russia, United States, and Japan. Further, she has won the “Outstanding Teacher Award” from the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

In May 2005, Ms. Plekhanova accepted a professorship position in Radford University’s Department of Dance as Director of the Ballet Program and Artistic Director of RU Ballet Theatre where she has produced numerous full-length ballet productions including her original choreography of The Nutcracker. In 2006 Ms. Plekhanova established the Radford University Ballet Youth program known as RUBY. Since June 2007, RUBY offers an International Summer Intensive Program for young dancers from United States and Japan.