Marat Daukayev (Ufa, USSR) is a well-known star of the Russian Ballet. Trained at the Vaganova Ballet School in St. Petersburg and at the Perm Ballet School, he was a student of the celebrated teacher, Plaxht; At the age of twenty, he won the Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna and in 1977, was honored with the Russian State Award for his artistic achievement. He was named People's Artist by the Russian State in 1983.
During his twenty-year career at the Kirov, Marat starred in numerous international tours in the United States, France, England, Germany, Spain, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, where he danced the male role in the complete repertoire of classic ballets such as Don Quixote, Giselle, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Cinderella, Chopiniana, Raymonda, Naopli, Laurencia and Carmen. He has appeared in international films including Anna Pavlova, Anyuta, Cinderella, Magic of the Kirov, Moor's Pavane, Romeo and Juliet, and Soloists of the Kirov.
In the 1990s, Marat became a teacher and coach to Kirov principal dancers. He taught and coached his last season at the Kirov in 1997, before relocating to the US, where he was a Ballet Master at the Colorado Ballet and Artistic Director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C.
In 2001, he founded the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet in Los Angeles, a comprehensive youth ballet program that, 16 years later, has trained generations of children that have grown and joined prestigious institutions such as the Royal Ballet School of London and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
His annual production of The Nutcracker is the subject of PBS' Getting to the Nutcracker (2014).
For more information on his semester program and his adult classes taking place in Studio A every Friday and Sunday, go to maratdaukayev.com.