Russian-born Inessa Plekhanova graduated from The State Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia receiving her Master of Fine Arts. She has danced with Estonian National Ballet, and Colorado Ballet companies.
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, and many others. 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 an 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. Inessa Plekhanova has won the “Outstanding Teacher Award” from the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
In May of 2005 Ms. Plekhanova accepted a professorship in the Radford University’s Department of Dance as Director of the Ballet Program and Artistic Director of RU Ballet Theatre where since 2005 she has produced a numerous of full-length ballet productions including her original choreography of Nutcracker.
In 2006 Ms. Plekhanova established the Radford University Ballet Youth program known as RUBY. Since June of 2007 RUBY offers an International Summer Intensive Program for young dancers from United States and Japan.
In 2014 the prestigious Radford University Foundation Distinguished Creative Scholar Award was awarded to Ms. Plekhanova for her consistent record of creative contributions to her academic discipline.