Svetlana Caton is the Founder and Artistic Co-Director of Lumiere Ballet. She conducts a professional training program in classical ballet and character dance on all levels while developing a rich repertoire for her dedicated students. Her personal dance training and academic education is French, Russian and American.
Svetlana Caton (nee Linder/Bielozub) has worked with artists of various styles: classical, neo-classical and contemporary. Her own performing and teaching has mainly reflected Russian Classicism in its purest form. In Belgium, her primary teacher, Lydia Pavlova was a classmate of George Balanchine at the Maryinsky Ballet in St Petersburg, Russia. Lydia Pavlova brought Svetlana, at the age of 12, to the prestigious Concours de Danse in Paris, where she was offered a choice of scholarships: the Paris Opera Ballet School as well as studies with the legendary Olga Preobrajenska, Liubov Egorova and Mathilda Kseschinska.
In Belgium, she began her professional career at the Theatre Royal de Liege under the direction of Joseph Lazzini. In the United States, while continuing her post graduate studies, she gave guest and benefit performances and continued her ballet training with Russian teachers in New York City – Maria Nevelska in Carnegie Hall, Vera Nemchinova at Ansonia Hotel, with Nina Popova, Nicholas Orlov and Vladimir Dokoudovsky. In 1980 at her own private ballet school in Kings Park, NY she engaged Valentin Froman, a former star of Ballet Russes and last partner of Anna Pavlova. She performed with the Fedicheva Ballet Company and in summers taught ballet at the USDAN Center for the Performing Arts on Long Island.