professional training at the State Perm Ballet Academy, joined The Tchaikovsky
Perm Opera and Ballet Theater after graduation.
The Tchaikovsky dancers have a direct lineage to the
Maryinsky (later Kirov) Ballet in St. Petersburg, the cradle of pure classical dancing, whose members were evacuated to Perm
during World War II.
Ms. Lebedeva went on to Lenningrad's Classical Ballet Company and the Moscow
Festival Ballet, where she was a principal dancer.During her career she danced the
leading roles in a large amount of the classical
ballet repertoire .
After her defection
to the United States, in June, 1990,
she continued her performance career in America; where she performed with Eglevsky Ballet and other companies.
She later became an instructor at the Eglevsky school as well.
Ms. Lebedeva has taught ballet
seminars and company classes in twenty-eight states. Currently Ms. Lebedeva works with Connecticut Ballet Company as a Ballet
coach and teacher in a Connecticut Ballet School.
Ms. Lebedeva was honored to be called as a Judge for the
2012 International Ballet Competition in Caracas,Venezuela.
Irina Lebedeva and Andrei Bossov performing in "The Sleeping Beauty"