Guest Principals

Denis Rodkin

Denis was born in Moscow. In 2009 he graduated from the Moscow choreographic college at the Moscow Dance Theatre Gzhel and then won competition to join the Bolshoi company, where he drew attention of the tutor and principal dancer of the Bolshoi theatre Nikolay Tsiskaridze. Following his guidance Denis mastered the following roles: Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Ta-Hor in Pharaohs Daughter, Antoine Mistral in Flames of Paris, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Nutcracker in Nutcracker, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda. In 2012 he performed Prince Kurbsky in Ivan the Terrible ballet and got recognition of Yury Grigorovich. Later on Denis performed Spartacus in a ballet of the same name and Ferkhad in A Legend of Love. Productions with his involvement were shown in cinemas around the world as a part of Bolshoi Ballet in inema programme. He is also good at performing foreign classics like John Crankos ballet production Onegin, where he accurately interprets a very complex and controversial image of Onegin. His acting skills were also remarkable in his interpretation of Armand in John Neumeiers ballet The Lady of the Camellias.

  • 2014 Soul of the Dance award of the Ballet magazine (Rising Star category)
  • 2016 Oleg Yankovsky award Creative discovery 2015-2016
  • 2017 Best dancer of the year (2016) according to an Italian magazine DANZA & DANZA