Dmitry Gudanov

Principal Dancer

Born in Moscow. In 1994, on completing his studies at the Moscow Choreographic College (today the Moscow Choreographic Academy) where he studied with Leonid Zhdanov, he joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company.
He rehearses with Yuri Vladimirov.

Main Repertory


Boy/Boys (La Sylphide. Choreography by August Bournonville)

French Doll
(Nutcracker. Yuri Grigorovich production)

Casanova (Fantasy on the Casanova Theme to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mikhail Lavrovsky production)
Prince Fortune (The Sleeping Beauty. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Pas d’action (Giselle. Vladimir Vasiliev production)

Soloist (Dreams about Japan. Alexei Ratmansky creation)
Title role (Paganini to the music by Sergei Rakhmanonov. Choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)

(Romeo and Juliet. Choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)
James (Herman Levenskiold’s La Sylphide ; choreography by August Bournonville in a version by E.M. von Rosen)
1st pas de trois (Agon)
Soloist Part 1
 (Symphony in C— creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Count Albrecht
(Giselle. Vladimir Vasiliev production; then Yuri Grigorovich production)
Soloist (Mozartiana— creation at Bolshoi Theatre


A Fisherman (La Fille du Pharaon. Pierre Lacotte production after Marius Petipa) — creation
The Empress’ Son
(Russian Hamlet to music by Ludwig Van Beethoven and Gustav Mahler. Creation by Boris Eifman)
The Nutcracker-Prince (Nutcracker)

Soloist (The Afternoon of a Faun. Choreography by Jerome Robbins)

Colas (La Fille mal gardee. Music by Louis Herold. Choreography by Frederick Ashton)
Soloist (Chopiniana)

Claude Frollo (Notre-Dame de Paris. Rolan Petit production)

Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty)
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Hermann (La Dame de Pique to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Rolan Petit production)
Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake. Yuri Grigorovich new production)
Hannan (Lea to music by Leonard Bernstein. Alexei Ratmansky production)
Lord Wilson-Taor (La Fille du Pharaon)

Miller (Le Tricorne. Music by Manuel de Falla. Choreography by Leonide Massine)
Basilio (Don Quixote. Alexei Fadeyechev production)

Prince (Cinderella. Yuri Possokhov and Yuri Borisov creation)
Solor (La Bayadere. Yuri Grigorovich production) — debut on the Bolshoi Theatre tour in Novosibirsk

Soloist (Misericordes to music by Arvo Part. Christopher Wheeldon creation)
(Georges Delerue’s The Lesson; choreography by Flemming Flindt)

Phoebus (Esmeralda by Cesare Pugni, choreography by Marius Petipa, staging and new choreographic version by Yuri Burlaka and Vasily Medvedev)

He took part in the Bolshoi Theatre’s New Year Premieres of works by young choreographers (1997), dancing in Eva Zamazalova’s ballet L’Estro Armonica, to music by Vivaldi.
He participated in the Bolshoi Theatre’s Studio of New Choreography project (2004), appearing in Alexei Miroshnichenko’s Hungarian Dances to music by Brahms.
On Bolshoi Theatre tours, he danced the part of Evil Genius in Yury Grigorovich’s production of Swan Lake.

Gudanov is the creator of the title role in Mikhail Lavrovsky’s ballet Nijinsky to music by Rachmaninov (2000).


He has appeared in Dreams of Japan in Japan, Georgia and during a Bolshoi Theatre season in Petersburg at the Maryinsky Theatre (1998).
He took part in an international festival devoted to the 50th anniversary of the National Ballet of Cuba (1998).
He made his debut in the part of Albrecht in Giselle in a Chelyabinsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet production (1999, partner — Tatyana Predeina).
In 2000, he appeared at the Ballets Russes Celebration Festival, in New Orleans, dancing excerpts from Nikolai Cherepnin’s Le Pavillon d’Armide (choreography by Fokine, Nikita Dolgushinn production).
In 2000, he participated in the international Stars of World Ballet Festival, organized on a regular basis by Vadim Pisarev, in Donetsk.
In 2000, at the Minkler Auditorium, Toronto, he danced Albrecht in two premiere performances of a Canadian Ballet Theatre production of Giselle (Nadia Veselova Tencer production; partner Anna Antonicheva).
Gudanov is a regular participant in the international Stars of the 21st Century project, organized by the Canadian impresarios Nadia VeselovaTencer and Solomon Tencer (these gala concerts, presenting ballet stars from all over the world, have taken place in Toronto, Paris, Cannes, New York, Tokyo). At one of these concerts — in Paris, at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Gudanov was partnered by Royal Ballet prima ballerina, Alina Cojocaru (2002).
In 2002, 2003, he appeared as The Nutcracker-Prince with Canadian Ballet Theatre, in Toronto (partner — Bolshoi Theatre soloist, Yllena Andrienko).
In 2003, he danced in Chopiniana at the Rudolph Nureyev International Festival of Classical Ballet, in Kazan.
In addition to which, he has appeared at international ballet festivals and gala-concerts in France, the USA, the Republic of Korea, Latvia.


In 1996, he was awarded 2nd prize and the Danse Noble jury press prize at the Arabesque Open Competition for Russian Ballet Dancers, in Perm.
In 1998, he won 1st prize at the International Competition for Ballet Dancers, in Paris.
In 1999, he was awarded the Moscow Debuts Festival prize (founded by the Central House of Actors) for his debuts in Fantasy on a Theme of Casanova, Paganini (main roles) and Dreams of Japan (one of solo roles).
In 2000, he was awarded Ballet Magazine’s Soul of Dance prize (Up-and-Coming Stars nomination).
In 2005, Gudanov was awarded the title of Merited Artist of the Russian Federation.

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Upcoming performances:
20 DecemberNutcracker
27 DecemberNutcracker
27 DecemberNutcracker

Main Stage 1 Teatralnaya ploschad (1 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia
New Stage 4/2 Teatralnaya ploschad (4/2 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia