Interpolated Pas de deux in Giselle.Photo from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
Interpolated Pas de deux in Giselle.
Photo from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
In Swan Lake.Photo by Evgeny Umnov. (from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
In Swan Lake.
Photo by Evgeny Umnov. (from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
As Danila in Stone Flower.Nina Sorokina as Mistress of the Copper Mountain.Photo from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
As Danila in Stone Flower.
Nina Sorokina as Mistress of the Copper Mountain.
Photo from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.


1968 — Honored Artist of the RSFSR (Russian Federation)

1976 — People’s Artist of the RSFSR

2001 — was awarded the Order of Friendship



He was born on November 28, 1937 in Moscow. In 1957 he graduated from the Moscow Choreographic School (now the Moscow State Choreographic Academy) where in final classes he studied under Alexander Rudenko and joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. He refined his excellence under the guidance of outstanding dancers and teachers Alexei Ermolaev and Asaf Messerer. He started to work as a teacher long before his actual departure from the scene: he worked at the Moscow Choreographic School from 1996 to 1977.

In 1978 he finished his career of a ballet dancer and became a teacher-repetiteur at the Bolshoi Theatre.

In 1980 he graduated from the teaching department of the Ballet-master faculty of the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS).


The Nutcracker-Prince (Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky, choreography by V. Vainonen, 1956)

Interpolation Pas de Deux (Giselle by A. Adam; choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa in the version by L. Lavrovsky, 1958)

Coral (Rodion Shchedrin’s The Humpbacked Horse; production A. Radunsky, 1960)

Pas de trios (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky. Choreography by A. Gorsky, Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, A. Messerer, 1961)

Troubadour (Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev, choreography by L. Lavrovsky, 1961)

Soloist (Chopiniana to music by F. Chopin, choreography by M. Fokine, 1961)

Waltz (The Pages of Life, A. Balanchivadze, L. Lavrovsky production, 1961)

Antoine Mistral (Boris Asfiev’s The Flames of Paris. choreography by Vasily Vainonen, 1961)

Vatslav (Boris Asafiev’s The Fountain of Bakhchisaray; choreography by Rotislav Zakharov, 1961)

Georgy (The Pages of Life, 1962)

Bernard (Raimonda by A. Glazunov, choreography by Marius Petipa, A. Gorsky, L. Lavrovsky, 1963)

Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty by P.Tchaikovsky, choreography by M. Gabovich and A. Messerer, 1964)

Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake, 1964)

Danila (Stone Flower by S. Prokofiev, choreography by Y. Grigorovich, 1965)

Prince (Cinderella by S. Prokofiev, choreography by R. Zakharov, 1965)

Basilio (Don Quixot by L. Minkus, choreography by A. Gorsky, 1966)

Albrecht (Giselle by A. Adam, choreography by J. Coralli, J. Perrot and M. Petipa in L. Lavrovsky version, 1966)