(b Tbilisi, 29 Oct. 1941)
Soviet-Georgian dancer, choreographer, and director. The son of Leonid Lavrovsky, he studied at the Moscow Ballet School and graduated in 1961 into the Bolshoi Ballet. He became a principal, partnering such ballerinas as Bessmertnova and Semenyaka and excelling in the ballets of Grigorovich until finally retiring in 1988. After 1977 he was additionally guest principal dancer and guest choreographer for several seasons with Tbilisi Ballet, becoming its artistic director (1983–5). He made several works for that company including Mziri (mus. Toradze, 1977), Porgy and Bess (mus. Gershwin, 1983), and The Dreamer (mus. Gershwin, 1989), but from the late 1980s has been based in Moscow as ballet master of the Bolshoi and subsequently as director of his own school. He has created works for the Moscow Chamber Ballet, More Powerful than Gold and Death (mus. Wagner, 1996) and the Bolshoi, Fantasy on the Theme of Casanova (mus. Mozart, 1993,) and Matador (2001). He has also choreographed for some Western companies, including Atlanta Ballet (1989). He was made People's Artist of the USSR in 1976.