Our Instructors
Pavlovich Ballet School
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Oleksandr Vykhrest
Program School Director
​Ballet Master of Columbia Classical Ballet

Originally from the Ukraine, Oleksandr Vykhrest studied classical ballet at the Ballet Academy of Ukraine with Vladimir Denisenko under the direction of Tatiana Taiakina. After his graduation in 2001,  Oleksandr was a soloist with Classical Ballet of Kiev under the direction of Valeriy Koftun where he danced principal roles from La Bayadere, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet.

​​In 2002, Oleksandr joined the Donetsk Ballet Company under the direction of Vadim Pisarev. While with the Donetsk Ballet Company he toured Japan, United States, China, Greece, Bulgaria, and Levon.
His principal roles include The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Chipolina, Per Gunt, Don Quixote and Spartacus.

​From 2005 until 2008, O
leksandr danced with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida as a Soloist. His roles included solos in Robert de Warren’s Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Carmina Burana, Catasan, La Buetic Fantastic, Diana and Actacon, Firebird, Othello, The Nutcracker and Coppelia.

​​Mr. Vykhrest has been a member of Columbia Classical Ballet since 2008.

Affectionately known as Mr. Sasha, ​​he currently instructs all students at Pavlovich Ballet School in levels 4 and above. 


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Radenko Pavlovich
Founder, Owner, and Lead Instructor

​​A native of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, Radenko began his ballet training at the
​age of eight, after being selected by Yugoslavian officials for his apparent potential.

He quickly advanced to the top of his class and earned the privilege to
​attend the prestigious Vaganova Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. It
wasn't long before Radenko earned a full scholarship to attend the Royal Ballet School in London, England becoming the only foreign student in a highly elite graduating class.


Radenko began his professional career under Grand Ballet Master Rudolf Nureyev, who coached him in matters of technique and character. He went on to earn highest honors at the Balkan Ballet Competition under Mr. Nureyev’s tutelage. 

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Mr. Pavlovich danced with the Austrian National Ballet, was a soloist with the Croatian National Theatre of Yugoslavia and London Festival Ballet, and later became a principal dancer with the Munich State Opera Ballet, Ballet Casa Della Cultura in Equador, and Atlanta Ballet.

​​After an illustrious career, Mr. Pavlovich relocated to Columbia, where he opened the Pavlovich Dance School in Forest Acres. A passionate believer that the quality classical training he received was key to his successful dancing career, Mr. Pavlovich has been training children and young adults of all ages and backgrounds in the Vaganova method for more than two decades to prepare them for their own distinguished accomplishments, awards and careers. 

Mr. Pavlovich currently instructs all students enrolled in Pavlovich Ballet School level 3 and up and pre-professionals dancing with Columbia Classical Ballet. 
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Brianna Taylor 
Ballet Instructor
​Dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet

Brianna Taylor​​ is a Carolina girl from West Columbia. She started ballet at the young age of 3 under the instruction of Anita Ashley at Columbia Ballet School. Brianna has been passionate about all forms of dance ever since.

Brianna came to Pavlovich Ballet School as a student and continues her training now as she dances with Columbia Classical Ballet. She has competed in YAGP at the national level and at VKIBC in NYC. Past summers have been spent at the Bolshoi Ballet Intensive and American Ballet Theatre Summer Program.
​has spent past summers.

​Miss Brianna currently teaches classes to students in pre-ballet and  levels 1, 2 and
3. ​ 

Quincy Sykes
Dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet​
Ballet Instructor​


Quincy Sykes hails from Columbia, SC and has trained at Pavlovich Ballet School ​​and is now part of the Columbia Classical Ballet. Quincy recently danced the part of the Wicked Stepmother in the performance of Cinderella in September 2017 and the part of Clara in the Nutcracker December 2017. 

Miss Quincy currently instructs students in level 3.​​
Simone Cuttino
Resident Choreographer


Simone Cuttino, originally from Koblenz, Germany, studied Ballet at both the Acadamie of Dance in Cologne, Germany and the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart. She studied under the tutelage of Ursula Bormann and Peter Vondruszka.

Over the course of her dancing career, Simone has performed will over 1,000 classical and modern ballets including Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Giselle, The Three Musketeers, Rite of Spring and Gershwins. Some of her favorite solo roles include Warenka in Anna Karenina and the lead in Carmina Burana.

Ms. Cuttino's career has also included performing with the Columbia Classical Ballet and being the Director of the Ballet Department at Stepping Out Studio. Her choreographies have won gold and platinum awards.​​ She has and continues to choreograph many pieces for the Columbia Classical Ballet. 

Her​​ most recent choreography of Cinderella for Columbia Classical Ballet moved audience members with the dance's power and beauty. 
Jennifer Amrol
Ballet Instructor
Dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet​

Jennifer ​​​grew up dancing at The Rock Hill School of Ballet.  She has been at the Pavlovich Ballet School for the last 10 years.  Jennifer has danced and performed with Columbia Classical Ballet for 3 years.

Mrs. Jennifer has​​  been teaching students at Pavlovich Ballet School for the past 5 years and has taught levels 1, 2, and 3 along with the adult ballet class.  

​She​ is currently teaching  students in level 2 and the adult ballet class.




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Sarah Soissons
Ballet Instructor
Dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet ​​​

Sarah Soissons is a native ​​of Champiegne, France. She graduated from Le Grand Chemin, Christian CONTE et Martime CHAUMET.
Sarah has​ competed and won both the Silver and Bronze medals at Concours International de Toulouse.

​​Sarah is currently a dancer with the Columbia Classical Ballet.

Miss Sarah currently instructs students at Pavlovich Ballet School in levels ​​3 and 4.


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Sarah Waters
Ballet Instructor
Dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet

​​​​ Sarah Waters comes to the Pavlovich School of Dance most recently from  Newburgh, Indiana. Sarah was trained at the Evansville Ballet in Indiana. She was also a trainee at the Nashville Ballet. Sarah has spent summers dancing at Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Kaatsbaan, and the Nashville Ballet.

Miss Sarah currently instructs students in levels 1, 3 and 4.