Svetlana Krylova was born in Kazakhstan (former republic of USSR) and began her professional dance training at age 10 with Russian State Academy for the Classical Ballet in Voronezh, Russia, in the program at the Choreographic Academy of Vaganova.
After eight years of being trained in one of the best choreographic academies in Russia, Svetlana began working in 1982 as soloist with Russian State Academy Theatre for the Opera and Ballet in Donetsk, Ukraine. She spent the following twelve years dancing in nearly every role from the classical and character repertoire; among them Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Bolero, Carmen, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, Shopeniana, Walpurgis Nights, Francesca da Rimini and Peer Gynt.
Svetlana toured the United States in 1989 and 1992 with the Donetsk Ballet, and in 1991 with Vadim Pisarev and his Russian Ballet. From 1993-1997 Svetlana worked as the Classical Ballet and Character Dance Mistress with David Blight School of Dance in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. During her time there, she and her students were awarded in several Interstate Dance Competitions.
In 1997 Svetlana Krylova joined Ballet Austin Academy as the Character Dance teacher. In 1999 Svetlana started working as the classical ballet teacher with The Dance Studio and Dance Spectrum Company, where she has helped stage “Coppelia” and “The Nutcracker” as well as new original choreography.
Starting in 2003 Svetlana worked as a guest teacher for Character Classes at American Ballet Theatre Austin Summer Intensive in conjunction with The University of Texas at Austin. In 2005 Svetlana Krylova joined Shirley McPhail School of Dance as a classical ballet teacher.