Alex Lapshin

Alex LapshinAlex Lapshin graduated from eight-year program at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow in 1986. He joined the Bolshoi Ballet that same year and toured throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United States. After four seasons with the Bolshoi, where he was under the supervision of Boris Akimov, Alex relocated to the U.S. where he obtained his citizenship. In New York, he took classes with Stanley Williams at the school of American Ballet and was introduced to Rudolf Nureyev who personally coached him for a production of “The Nutcracker.
In 1991, Alex was invited to the Vienna State Opera Ballet as a principal dancer. Over the course of next few years, he performed all of the lead roles in full-length classical ballets, as well as contemporary works by such western choreographers as John Neumeier and John Cranko. Upon his return to New York City in 1995, Alex offered many roles as guest artist with various companies throughout North America. He partner New York City Ballet star Valentina Kozlova at the Joyce Theater in New York, as well as in other venues.
Although trained in pure classical traditions, Alex also had the desire to explore the world of modern dance. In 1997, he joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal as a principal dancer and was immersed in works by such international choreographers as Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato and James Kudelka.

 

In 1999, Boston Ballet offered him a position as principal. Under the directorship of Anna Marie Holmes, he maintained lead roles in critically acclaimed productions of “La Bayadere,” ” Don Quixote “and “Sleeping Beauty.” It was a unique opportunity to combine both worlds and enable Alex to dance all of the beloved classics, including works by Balanchine and renowned contemporary choreographers. In 2001, Alex worked closely with Peter Martins, Director of New York City Ballet, who created an original piece for him for a Gala at New York’s Joyce Theatre. The New York Times gave his performance an outstanding review. As guest artist for Dallas Fort Worth Ballet that same year, Alex led a production of” Swan Lake” by Bruce Marks.

In 2001-2005, Alex performed as a principal guest artist for Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley and continued his distinguished career internationally. Alex collaborated in productions of Miraculous Mandarin and Out of Africa by Danish choreographer Flemming Flindt. He participated in many Gala performances such as the Vienna International Gala, Stars of American Ballet in Milan and the International Ballet Stars throughout Netherlands and Belgium. Alex also appeared on local television stations in Connecticut, Alabama, Massachusetts and California.

Having recently retired from an active career as a dancer, Alex is focusing on teaching. He began this experience in 1991 when he was invited to Point Park College in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania as a guest teacher. Since that time, he has taught at numerous schools throughout the US and abroad. He taught at the Summer Program of the Bolshoi Intensive of Moscow 1995-2000; Perry Dance NYC 1995-1997; Mills College, Ca. 2001; and Phoenix International Ballet Academy 2005. Alex has been a faculty member of Ballet San Jose School for two years and is currently teaching at the San Francisco City Ballet, Alonzo King’s Dance Center in San Francisco and various schools in the Bay area.

As an accomplished dancer and experienced coach, Alex would like to share his knowledge of pure classical style as well as a modern approach. He envisions building a new generation of young dancers with whom he may widen the horizons of dance by collaborating with various artists in many art forms. Alex is currently teaching full time at Miami City Ballet School.