B i o g r a p h y
Born in Kamensk, a small city in Russia's Rostov region, Gennadi Nedvigin followed in his older brother's footsteps to become a professional dancer. Turning 5, he began his initial training at a local ballet school, performing in front of his first audience. At the age of 7, Gennadi took a break from ballet to broaden his education by joining a gymnastics school and learning to play the accordion. Three years later, he relocated to Moscow after being accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet School. Upon graduating, the young dancer joined his first professional company, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, as a soloist. During his employment, Gennadi participated in international ballet competitions, being awarded the Special Jury Prize in Osaka, Japan and also being invited to dance with Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 1997, while on tour in the Unites States, San Francisco Ballet's artistic director, Helgi Tomasson, offered Gennadi a soloist contract. Later that year, Gennadi joined San Francisco Ballet. After three years with the company, he was promoted to principal dancer.
During his career in San Francisco, Gennadi was a winner of the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999) and received two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001 & 2010). Over the years, Gennadi was able to share his knowledge and training by teaching master classes in various ballet schools in America. He also helped stage Yuri Possokhov’s “Classical Symphony” in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gennadi has been a guest artist with several companies, including Ballet de Santiago and Reno Festival Ballet, appeared in many Gala performances (Pestov Gala in Moscow, Un Momento Para Soniar in Mexico, Gala of the Stars in Orlando, Stars of Russian Ballet in Detroit, World Ballet Stars Gala in St.Petersburg and many others), danced with “Ballet Beyond Borders” on their Russian Tour, and performed at the “Noosa Longweekend Festival” in Noosa, Australia.
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