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Mikhail Venshchikov

PhD in History of Art; CEO

Biography

Graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2001 (class of Professor V. Yu Tsvetkov). Since the same year – the soloist of the Mikhailovsky ballet company, St. Petersburg. The repertoire of the dancer include the leading and solo roles in the productions: Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Giselle, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, Esmeralda, Les Sylphides, Laurencia, Flames of Paris, in the ballets of Nacho Duato’s Without Words and Nunc Dimittis. He has toured in the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, China, South American countries. Over the years, he performed in duet with such great dancers like Tamara Rojo (ROH), Julia Mahalina (Mariinsky baller), Veronika Part (ABT), Tamiё Kusakari (Asami Maki Ballet, Japan), Anastasia Kolegova (Mariinsky baller), Natalia Ledovskaya (Stanislavsky ballet, Moscow), Vera Arbuzova (Eifman Ballet).

Since 2002 is engaged in teaching activities. He conducts in classical ballet workshops in the United States, Canada, Chile, Japan and Italy. Over the years, Michael Venschikov’ students achieved high results at the prestigious ballet competitions (Moscow International Ballet Competition, the International Ballet Competition “Arabesque” in Perm, International Competition in Rieti, Italy.). Three of them have been awarded the highest award of the jury.

He participated in the transfer and revival of classical ballets, among them –  Esmeralda (2005), Halt of Cavalry (2006), Don Quixote (2007), Egyptian Nights (2013).

Since 2007, directs the Russian Ballet Stars concerts in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Many of those have the great critics.

In 2009, Mikhail Venschikov graduated from the Art History department in St. Petersburg State University. 2012 defended there the thesis (PhD in Art’s History) and the same time began to teach at the Institute of Philosophy in St. Petersburg State University’s. Participated in international congresses and conferences on the history and theory of art, the preservation of cultural heritage.