Russian teacher Alexander Agadzhanov is The Royal Ballet’s Senior Teacher and Répétiteur to the Principal Artists. He has been teaching and coaching Royal Ballet Principals since 1989.
Agadzhanov was born in Mary, USSR, and studied with Alexander Zaitsev, Margarita Nazarova and Genrikh Maiorov in Kiev. He joined Moscow Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1969 and became a principal in 1972. He danced leading roles as a guest soloist in New York, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and at Deutsche Oper Ballet, and as a principal with Bonn Opera Ballet. As a teacher at The Royal Ballet School 1985–8 his pupils included Stuart Cassidy, Tetsuya Kumakawa, Michael Nunn, Sergiu Pobereznic and William Trevitt. He was Ballet Master/Teacher at La Scala Ballet, Milan, 1988–9, before taking his current position with The Royal Ballet.
He has also been Guest Ballet Master/Teacher at Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and Paris Opera Ballet, among others. He has worked with choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Flemming Flindt, Yuri Grigorovich, Serge Lifar, Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolf Nureyev and Roland Petit.
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