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Principal Faculty, RU Ballet Youth Program
Aleksey Plekhanov is from Moscow, Russia. He graduated from the State Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg, Russia in 1990 receiving his Master of Fine Arts. Upon graduation, Plekhanov was soloist with the world famous Stanislavsky Ballet Theatre, and the Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow, Russia) touring France, England, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Greece, Japan, Hon-Kong, Taiwan, Egypt, United States, and former Soviet Union. In 1991, he was a Guest Artist at the International Art Festival in Spoleto, Italy. In 1995, Plekhanov was invited to join as a soloist Los Angeles Classical Ballet and in 1996 Colorado Ballet (Denver, Colorado).
During his 10 years with leading ballet companies, Plekhanov danced numerous classical and contemporary roles including Blue Bird from Sleeping Beauty, French Doll from Nutcracker, Colen from La Fille Mal Gardee, Male Principal from Paquita and Les Sylphides, Soloist in G. Balanchine’s Rubies and Choo San Goh’s Configurations, as well as solo and principal parts in Giselle, Raymonda, Swan Lake, The Golden Age, Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony.
In 2003, Plekhanov completed the Intensive Course of Vaganova Teaching Method at the State Vaganova Ballet Academy in St Petersburg, Russia.
Plekhanov’s teaching expertise includes ballet technique, pointe, repertoire, partnering, and character dance.
This fall, Plekhanov assisted his wife Inessa Plekhanova, dance professor and Artistic Director of RU Ballet Theatre, in choreographing and producing the full length Nutcracker. He created and staged the Battle Scene for this performance and in addition played one of the leading roles in act I.