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Gennadi Vostrikov - Director

Gennadi Vostrikov was born in Siberia, Russia, USSR, and received his early training in Perm. The young Mr. Vostrikov studied with the renowned ballet masters Plaht and Asaular. Mr. Vostrikovís talents were recognized when he was awarded the first degree diploma in the Leningrad Ballet Competition. Upon graduation, he was asked to join the world-renowned Moiseyev Classical Ballet Company. While with the Moiseyev Company, he was coached by the legendary ballet masters Moiseyev, Asaff Messerer, and Sulamif Messerer. The Moiseyev Company traveled frequently worldwide; and, it was during one of these many tours, that Mr. Vostrikov saw the possibility for freedom and defected while in Mexico. After gaining asylum, the Mexico Ballet Company prompted him to join their company as a principal dancer and teacher.

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) heard about his defection and requested that Mr. Vostrikov join PBT. While with the PBT, Vostrikov performed in numerous principal roles in ballets including: The Nutcracker, Prince Igor, Rite of Spring, Spectra de la Rose, Carmena Burana, Coppelia, Cinderella, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Corsaire Pas de Deux, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote. In addition, he has also performed with the Pittsburgh Opera.

Mr. Vostrikov also was a principal with Chicago Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet, and was an associate professor of dance with the University of Alabama in Birmingham, at Shenandoah University, as well as Director of Ballet Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Mr. Vostrikov is currently director of the Virginia Youth Ballet and Vostrikovís Academy of Ballet. Additionally, he is a guest teacher and choreographer with Cumberland Ballet, New Castle Ballet, Williamsburg Chamber Ballet, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA, and is a master teacher with several national and regional ballet festivals.