The Ballet Company


Mindi Mende,

Founding Artistic Director           

ECB’s Board of Directors:

    Dr. Ivis Alvarez

    Mr. John Fletcher

    Mrs. Theresa Graham

    Mrs. Mindi Mende

    Mr. Rick Mende

    Mrs. Christine Posey 

    Mrs. Cyndi Sauer

ECB’s Advisory Board:

    Mrs. Kathleen Fannin



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East Coast Ballet is committed to enriching the lives of individuals in the Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia communities, and beyond through the art of dance.  The foundation will foster an appreciation and aesthetic awareness for the arts by providing a high standard of artistic instruction and performance opportunities for artists and students, allowing them to discover and develop their talents for the benefit of their community.

East Coast Ballet’s professional company members inspire others through performances, building relationships with young adults and children in classes and workshops, and reach out to the community through special projects throughout the year.   Scroll to the bottom to meet the company.

ECBF non-profit foundation relies on the generous support of individual giving and corporate sponsorship.  All donations are tax deductible and are 100% dedicated to outreach, scholarships for individuals who otherwise are unable to afford dance training, and the continued development of a professional company.  Our desire is to house a company of dancers which will give our student base future career opportunities as professional dancers.  East Coast Ballet does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, or national origin.

Anton Iakovlev, along with his wife Darli Iakovleva, is joining ECB’s 2013-2014 season as Ballet Master.  He graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy with Boris Bregvadze from 1992-2000, earning a Bachelor of the Arts. Anton has danced at the St. Petersburg Ballet of Russia, the Vanemuine Ballet of Estonia, New York Theater Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Akjun Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Ballet Theater of Maryland, and Connecticut Ballet. Some of Anton’s favorite roles include performing the Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire, Hilarion in Giselle, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, & principal roles in Le Sylphides, Gerald Arpino's Light Rain, Sleeping Beauty, & Don Quixote. The couple is excited to join ECB as company performers & instructors to glorify the Lord.

Monet Mende began dancing at East Coast Ballet at the age of three.  She has been summer trained at well-known institutions, such as American Ballet Theatre NYC, Miami City Ballet, and Joffrey Chicago.  She joins ECB as a trainee during her third year with the professional company. Her roles have included Clara Princess, Snow Queen, & Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Prince, & Clown, Princess, & Evil Magician in Spellbound.  From February to May 2014, Monet trained at Ellison Ballet in NYC in their advanced program. Monet’s love of dance stems from doing what she loves to do, sharing the love of Jesus in a powerful way.

Rachael Walker travels from Brunswick, Georgia daily. She has returned for her third year in the professional division as a trainee in ECB’s Company, 2013-14 season.  Rachael’s additional summer training includes American Ballet Theatre NYC, Joffrey Chicago, & Atlanta Ballet.  She has danced prominent solo roles at ECB including Clara Princess, Snow Queen, Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker Prince, & Nurse & Spanish Dancer in Spellbound.  Rachael’s passion is sharing her talent for the Lord.

Annie Clingman is joining ECB’s 2013-14 season from Minneapolis, MN.   Annie is excited to use her talents in a Christian professional trainee ballet program. Her previous training experience includes Twin Cities Ballet, St. Paul City Ballet, and Grand Rapids Ballet, as well as, Joffrey Academy / summer.  Annie has performed dancing roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Red Riding Hood, & Snow White.  Prominent roles with ECB will include Nurse in Spellbound and Mirliton, Snow, & Flowers in The Nutcracker Prince.

Darli Iakovleva is joining East Coast Ballet in its 2013-2014 season as Ballet Mistress. Darli trained at European Dance Studio in her mother Ilona Nogarr's footsteps, continuing at GSA, Washington Ballet School, Tallinn Ballet School, Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., Kaatspan, and JBS in NY. Darli graduated from N.C. School for the Arts and Tallinn University with a Bachelor's Degree in Dance and Choreography. Darli's professional experience includes dancing principal, soloist, and corps roles with the following companies: Vanemuine Ballet of Estonia, New York Theater Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, Ballet Theater of Maryland, and Connecticut Ballet. She has also performed with the Estonian National Ballet, Washington Ballet and Ajkun Ballet.  She has enjoyed performing Pas de duex-e Corsaire, Sugar Plum Fairy-the Nutcracker, Pas de duex-Gerald Arpino's Light Rain, Prayer, Lead Mazurka and Czardas couple, Lead Waltz of Hours- Coppelia, Lead in Les Sylphides, Pas De Six-Giselle.

Stephanie Estcourt joins ECB in her second year as a trainee company member.  She trained under Boris Chepelev and Janna Kirova in Melbourne, Florida, along with attending Ballet Magnificat’s summer intensive program. Before relocating to dance for ECB, Stephanie studied at the Storling Dance Theatrer’s Artist Program in Kansas for 2 years. Prominent roles include Chinese in Spellbound and Mirliton, Snow, & Flowers in The Nutcracker.  She desires to use her talents to glorify the Lord.


Rick Mende & Mindi Mende are the founding Directors of the East Coast Ballet.  Mr. Mende is the Executive and Marketing Director.  Mrs. Mende is the Artistic Director. Classically trained by her mother, Katha Bardel, Mrs. Mende has followed a professional dance career path from cords de ballet, principle, ballet mistress, instructor, choreographer, and director over the past 30 years.  She studied in classical ballet along with jazz, tap, and musical theatre under acclaimed instructors including Hilary Cartwright, Edward Villella, Conrad Ludlow, Kelly Brown, Wilhelm Burmann, David Holliday, Olga Kostritsky.  She toured throughout the US, Asia, and South & Central America via secular and Christian platforms.  Mrs. Mende has performed and choreographed for various Theatre, TV, video, industrials, and film productions.  In 1989 she invented and patented the Jazz Pointe Shoe, the design used in the Dance Sneaker.  She developed and patented a tight design, on the market by BodyWrappers.  Her joy is guiding, training, and mentoring students, many of whom have gone on to excel as accomplished performers, choreographers, instructors, and directors in various professional dance endeavors.  She is passionate about directing performances that reach into the heart of both the dancers and audience, challenging and encouraging a deeper relationship with the Lord.

Lindsay Lynch is joining East Coast Ballet for our 2013-14 season.  She has been with ECB school as a choreographer / instructor since Summer 2012.  Lindsay tours and performs with ECB in The Nutcracker Prince as the Mouse King and the King Kat in Spellbound.  Ms. Lynch choreographs for both the Nutcracker Prince and Spellbound, as well as, contemporary ballet works for the ballet company & school. Her training started in Orlando Florida and reaches to Paris, France under Christina Teague Mann.  She has received her A.A. in Dance Performance and her B.F.A. in Dance at Jacksonville University. Her heart is inspiring children of all ages to reach their full potential in the art of dance.