(b Pinsk, Belarus, 6 Jun. 1977)
Belarus/Russian dancer. He studied at the Byelorussian State Ballet School and danced with the Minsk Ballet while still a student. After seven auditions he joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 1996, where he was appointed principal in 2003. An elegant dancer, his dramatic sensitivity coupled with his bravura technique has been showcased in the company's classical repertory but he is also a versatile stylist performing in more recent works by MacMillan, Forsythe, and Ratmansky. He has guested with the Teatro dell'Opera, Rome and the Vienna State Ballet.