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Meet Nikolay Tsiskaridze

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Nikolai Tsiskaridze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1973. He began his studies at the Tbilisi ballet School in 1984 and was invited in 1987 to continue his education at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow. This graceful, refined, diligent and dedicated young student continued to perfect his professional skills throughout his school years. A unique combination of natural abilities such as flexibility, musicality, charisma and superlative lyrical expressiveness distinguished the young dancer as a rare talent, and in 1992 he graduated at the top of his class, having studied under the renowned pedagogue Professor Peter Pestov. Upon graduation, Mr. Tsiskaridze was invited to join the legendary Bolshoi Ballet, where he earned a reputation for his nobility, stage presence and perfect technique. At the Bolshoi, he was trained with such outstanding ballet professionals as Galina Ulanova, Marina Semionova, Yuriy Grigorovich, Nikolay Fadeichev and Vladimir Vasiliev. Now a principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Mr. Tsiskaridze performs virtually its entire repertoire, including such ballets as the "The Nutcracker", "Swan Lake", "The Sleeping Beauty", "La Sylphide", "Giselle", "La Bayadere", "Raymonda", "Les Sylphides", "Pharaon's Daughter", "Le Spectre de la Rose", "Sheherazade", "Symphony in C", "The Legend of Love" and etc. While dancing at the Bolshoi, Mr. Tsiskaridze continued his education at the Moscow Choreographic institute, and in 1996 he was awarded a diploma with the classification of first-rank soloist, as well as teaching credentials.moreless

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