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Board of Directors

Elena Shokhina

Founder and Artistic Director

Elena is the Founder and Artistic Director of Brevard Ballet Youth Company, as well as the Academy Director of Brevard Ballet Academy. She is a graduate of the world renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Upon graduating she earned the position of principal dancer for the St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre, and later the St. Petersburg Ballet (Russia) which is comprised mostly Vaganova graduates. She spent eight years performing all over the world at the most prestigious theatres before moving to the United States and earning the title of principal dancer with Nevada Ballet Theatre. Elena is known for her loyalty, incredible discipline, and for her vast repertoire including lead roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere, Paquita, and many others. During her tenure as a principal dancer, Elena had the honor of working with esteemed choreographers Val Caniparoli, Bruce Steivel, Peter Anastos, Mark Diamond, and others. Upon retirement as a professional dancer, she discovered her passion for teaching classical ballet. Elena is now in her 12th year as a teacher and opened Brevard Ballet Academy in 2014.
In 2015, Elena was interviewed by Florida Today where she laid out her vision to grow her faculty, her facilities, and her student base in order to support a youth company. In 2018, after growing her student enrollment to nearly 200 students, her faculty to nine professional teachers, and adding 3,000 square feet to her facility, her hard work paid off when she founded the Brevard Ballet Youth Company. Elena had the vision and experience to produce several magnificent full-length ballet productions, to include My Christmas Dream, Cinderella, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker Ballet.

Frank Schrader


Frank is the Owner/Broker of Real Estate Direct, a mainstay in Brevard’s real estate since 1997. His company is a corporate sponsor of the Eau Gallie Art District and actively involved in the art community and is known for his philanthropy toward nonprofit organizations. Mr. Schrader has a Master’s in Business, specializing in entrepreneurship.

Irene Fox

Vice President

Irene is a retired dancer and award winning educator. She trained with Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, the Clark Center, and the New York City school of Ballet and Dance Arts. She is best know for the multiple performing arts programs she implemented in the South Florida area. She has several Masters degrees including a Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.


Marilyn Jollon


Marilyn has a background in managing business finances. She joined BBYC's Board of Directors in 2020 to provide sound financial direction for the quickly growing youth company. She has two grandchildren that perform in the youth company's production regularly. 

Additional Board Members

Len Beckett

Artistic Director, Elena Shokhina performing a variation from Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Balanchine choreography) at Lake Las Vegas as Principal Dancer of Nevada Ballet Theatre.

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