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Ilya KozadayevIlya Kozadayev, soloist 

Birthplace
St. Petersburg, Russia

Dance Training
Academy of Colorado Ballet
John Cranko Ballet School

Joined the Company
2003

Promoted to Soloist
2004

Favorite Role
Jonathan Harker in Michael Pink's Dracula

One defining moment...
Winning a silver medal at the New York International Ballet Competition.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ilya Kozadayev began training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy when he was ten years old. After immigrating to the United States, he trained at the School of American Ballet in New York, the Academy of Colorado Ballet in Denver, Colorado, and the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart, Germany. He has danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, as well as with Colorado Ballet as a soloist and Columbia Classical Ballet as a principal. Mr. Kozadayev was a silver medal winner of the New York International Ballet Competition in June 2000. His repertoire includes numerous roles, such as the Prince in The Nutcracker; the Jester in Swan Lake and Cinderella; the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty; the lead in Carmina Burana; a soloist in Stanton Welch’s Of Blessed Memories, Jonathan Harker in Dracula; Alain in La Fille mal gardée; and the Mandarin in The Miraculous Mandarin. Mr. Kozadayev has also had solos in William Forsythe’s Love Songs and In the middle, somewhat elevated; and George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Who Cares, and Allegro Brillante. Mr. Kozadayev joined Houston Ballet in July 2003. In 2004, Mr. Kozadayev was promoted to soloist.

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