Founder, Dance Conservatory of Charleston
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Lindy received the majority of her training on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. At age 17, Lindy began her professional career with the San Francisco Ballet before joining The New York City Ballet.
While at the New York City Ballet, Ms. Mandradjieff danced featured roles in David Allan’s Reunions; George Balanchine’s Coppélia (Waltz), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Marzipan and Dolls), Raymonda Variations, La Sonnambula, and Walpurgisnacht Ballet; Peter Martins’ Eight Easy Pieces, The Sleeping Beauty (Eloquence and Ruby), and Swan Lake (Pas de Trois and Pas de Quatre); Jerome Robbins’ Interplay; Richard Tanner’s Soirée; Helgi Tomasson’s Prism; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Mercurial Manoeuvres and Polyphonia. She also originated a featured role in Peter Martins’ Viva Verdi and corps roles in Melissa Barak’s Telemann Overture Suite in E Minor, Susan Stroman’s Double Feature, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carnival of the Animals. In 2002, Ms. Mandradjieff appeared in the nationally televised Live From Lincoln Center broadcast New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography on PBS, dancing in Mercurial Manoeuvres.
A dancer as well as a scholar of dance, Lindy graduated with a B.A. in Dance from St. Mary’s College in California and obtained a Public and Professional Writing Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. She has nearly 15 years of teaching experience at the community and university level, including at the prestigious Point Park University. Ms. Mandradjieff was also the private ballet instructor for the dancers on the Lifetime’s hit show, “Dance Moms.” In addition to teaching, she has the rare privilege to stage works from both the George Balanchine Trust and the Peter Martins Trust. Her students have been accepted into the top training programs, universities, and professional companies in the country and internationally.
Ms. Mandradjieff is married to Matt Fabyanic. Together they have three young boys, Mason, Parker and Hudson. As a mother herself, one of Lindy’s most important roles is as mentor to a whole new generation of dancers and arts enthusiasts
To inspire my students and hopefully be the best part of their day! Dance Conservatory of Charleston was started with the idea that we can provide elite dance training but in an environment of warmth. My goal is to support each student on their path, creating both the next generation of dancers and dance enthusiasts.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This idea has guided me through quite a few challenges that, at first, seemed too heavy to bear alone. When facing obstacles, I find it helpful to stay focused on clear goals, and always remember that tomorrow is a new day.
To smile and connect with every student in every class, remembering that they are most open to change and challenge when they feel seen, supported and valued.
To make a positive difference—no matter how small—in at least one dancer’s day, every day. Whether it’s helping them make progress on a challenging ballet step, or being a shoulder to lean on when they’ve had a bad day at school, I want to make sure my students know I’m always there for them.
Have a person who is the strength to your weakness. I know I’m not perfect, so I surround myself with people who can offer new perspectives and support me through tough situations.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
It’s vibrancy, history, and people. Driving to work and seeing the beautiful water views makes me so happy! Within minutes, we can be at a beach, idyllic nature preserves or in the historic downtown, rich with stunning architecture and fabulous restaurants! What’s not to love about Charleston!!
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I love when we go to breakfast at Black Magic Café on James Island, SC. The French toast is outstanding and I love how our boys call it “Black Magic Kingdom.” (Disney reference)
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Getting my three boys – an 8 year old and 5 year old twins – ready for school. Between packing snacks, signing folders, and making sure teeth are brushed, I’m ready for coffee when they leave! I love how the little ones ask me if they can wear “short sleeve pants” -what they call shorts- to school. It’s the sweetest.
10:00 AM – Working on the business, writing emails, planning our next performance/master class, or casting – while washing clothes and doing dishes. A mama’s work is never done!
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Mostly I eat at home! I love veggies and crackers with hummus and cheese. If I’m out, I love getting yellow chicken curry from Fire Street Food on King Street in Charleston!
7:00 PM – Typically finishing up teaching my classes at the studio.
11:00 PM – Asleep! I don’t stop moving all day so when I get home and we get the kids in bed, I’m usually not far behind!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee and Water. One cup in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lots of water. Of course, wine at night with dinner.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
This might be boring, but probably my app (Barre Notes) that adjusts the tempo faster or slower to my ballet class music – I use it every day! Also, Facebook and Instagram. I love keeping up with all my friends around the country and seeing pictures of their lives.
What should everyone try at least once?
Having twins…. seriously! We had three boys under age three at one point and while it was a crazy time, it was also so fun!
My children have made me a better version of myself: I’m much gentler and more empathetic. And raising them has also showed me my strength and resilience; You don’t have a choice as a parent – There are no more sick days or personal afternoons, so it has really prepared me as an entrepreneur. A new business is truly like another child: You do what needs to be done.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
With my family on vacation. I love spending time with my husband and kids along with my parents, siblings, brother-in-law and niece on our yearly vacation. A week of laughing and relaxing is good for my soul, plus my dad always makes my favorite meal.
What would you be doing if you did not start your business?
Most definitely writing a blog about my kids! I started #twinstruelife because they are out of control. I have literally found them swinging from a chandelier once – true story! I just can’t make this stuff up! Having three boys, two of which are twins, is a comedy of errors and I love documenting it. You’ve got to laugh through it!