Famous Choreographers from Russia

List of notable or famous choreographers from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top choreographers born in Russia and even some popular choreographers who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian choreographers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These choreographers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known choreographer from Russia is included when available.

List includes George Balanchine, Maya Deren and more.

This historic choreographers from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian choreographers of note?" and "Who are the most famous choreographers from Russia?" These prominent choreographers of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian choreographers.

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  • Asaf Mikhailovich Messerer (Russian: Асаф Михайлович Мессерер, November 19, 1903 - March 7, 1992) was a Lithuanian Jewish and Soviet ballet dancer and ballet teacher. He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. From 1919 until 1921 he trained as a dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet School under Mikhail Mordkin. He then joined the Bolshoi Theatre, where he became a successful soloist, eventually becoming their chief soloist, a post he retired from in 1954. Today Messerer is best remembered as a choreographer and an instructor; he was both the choreographer and ballet master for the Bolshoi Theatre. His book Classes in Classical Ballet is a thorough study of proper ballet technique and is still used ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1903-1992)
    • Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Azari Plisetski

    Azari Plisetski is a choreographer.
    • Age: 86
  • George Balanchine
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    George Balanchine (; born Georgiy Melitonovich Balanchivadze; Russian: Гео́ргий Мелито́нович Баланчива́дзе, Georgian: გიორგი მელიტონის ძე ბალანჩივაძე; January 22, 1904 – April 30, 1983) was an American ballet choreographer who was one of the most influential 20th century choreographers. Styled as the father of American ballet, he co-founded the New York City Ballet and remained its Artistic Director for more than 35 years.Balanchine took the standards and technique from his time at the Imperial Ballet School and fused it with other schools of movement that he had adopted during his tenure on Broadway and in Hollywood, creating his signature "neoclassical style".He was a choreographer known ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1904-1983)
    • Birthplace: Northwestern Federal District, Eurasia, Russia, Saint Petersburg
  • Kirill Laskari is a screenwriter.
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1936-2009)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Konstantin Mikhaylovich Sergeyev (Russian: Константин Михайлович Сергеев; b. March 5, 1910 (February 20, Old Style) - April 1, 1992) was a Russian danseur, artistic director and choreographer for the Kirov Theatre. When the Kirov Ballet returned to Leningrad from Perm (where it had been moved during the war) Sergeyev became the head choreographer of the company. His first major work was to restage Prokofiev's Cinderella, which is still performed in the present day.His teachers at Leningrad State Choreographic Institute: Mariya Kojukhova, Vladimir Ponomaryov, Viktor Semyonov (Marina Semyonova's first husband). His first wife Feya Balabina was a prima ballerina of the Kirov ballet, as was his ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1910-1992)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Leonid Myasin
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    Leonid Fyodorovich Myasin (Russian: Леони́д Фёдорович Мя́син), better known in the West by the French transliteration as Léonide Massine (9 August [O.S. 28 July] 1896 – 15 March 1979), was a Russian choreographer and ballet dancer. Massine created the world's first symphonic ballet, Les Présages, and many others in the same vein. Besides his "symphonic ballets," Massine choreographed many other popular works during his long career, some of which were serious and dramatic, and others lighthearted and romantic. He created some of his most famous roles in his own comic works, among them the Can-Can Dancer in La Boutique fantasque (1919), the Hussar in Le Beau Danube (1924), and, perhaps best ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1896-1979)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia