Artistic Director of Koltun Ballet Academy and Boston International Summer Intensive
Alex Lapshin graduated from eight-year program at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow in 1986. He joined the Bolshoi Ballet that same year and toured throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United States. After four seasons with the Bolshoi, where he was under the supervision of Boris Akimov, Alex relocated to the U.S. where he obtained his citizenship.
In New York, he took classes with Stanley Williams at the School of American Ballet and was introduced to Rudolf Nureyev who personally coached him for a production of The Nutcracker.
In 1991, Alex was invited to the Vienna State Opera Ballet as a principal dancer. Over the course of next few years, he performed all of the lead roles in full-length classical ballets, as well as contemporary works by such western choreographers as John Nuemeier and John Cranko. Upon his return to New York City in 1995, Alex offered many roles as guest artist with various companies throughout North America. He partner New York City Ballet star Valentina Kozlova at the Joyce Theater in New York, as well as in other venues. Although trained in pure classical traditions, Alex also had the desire to explore the world of modern dance. In 1997, he joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal as a principal dancer and was immersed in works by such international choreographers as Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duate and James Kudelka. In 1999, Boston Ballet offered him a position as principal. Under the directorship of Anna Marie Holmes, he maintained lead roles in critically-acclaimed productions of "La Bayadere," " Don Quixote "and "Sleeping Beauty." It was a unique opportunity to combine both worlds and enable Alex to dance all of the beloved classics, including works by Balanchine and renowned contemporary choreographers. In 2001, Alex worked closely with Peter Martins, Director of New York City Ballet, who created an original piece for him for a Gala at New York's Joyce Theatre. The New York Times gave his performance an outstanding review. As guest artist for Dallas Fort Worth Ballet that same year, Alex led a production of" Swan Lake" by Bruce Marks. In 2001-2005, Alex performed as a principal guest artist for Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley and continued his distinguished career internationally. Alex collaborated in productions of Miraculous Mandarin and Out of Africa by Danish choreographer Flemming Flindt.
He participated in many Gala performances such as the Vienna International Gala, Stars of American Ballet in Milan and the International Ballet Stars throughout Netherlands and Belgium.
Alex also appeared on local television stations in Connecticut, Alabama, Massachusetts and California.
Having recently retired from an active career as a dancer, Alex is focusing on teaching. He began this experience in 1991 when he was invited to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a guest teacher. Since that time, he has taught at numerous schools throughout the US and abroad. He taught at the Summer Program of the Bolshoi Intensive from Moscow 1995-2000; Perry Dance NYC 1995-1997; Mills College, Ca. 2001; and Phoenix International Ballet Academy 2005. Alex has been a faculty member of Ballet San Jose School for two years, San Francisco City Ballet, Alonzo King's Dance Center in San Francisco.
In 2006, Alex was invited to the Miami City Ballet as a faculty member. He was in charge of classical ballet classes, pas de deux, and developed an open adult division, which was vital to the Miami Beach cultural community. During the summer sessions, Alex began choreographing and created original pieces for the pas de deux students of all levels.
In 2009, Alex obtained a certificate from Stanford University in California after completing a course of study on The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations.
In 2009, Alex was a guest ballet master with The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stuttgart Ballet, The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and work internationally around the globe.
Alex is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teaching Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
In 2010-2011, Alex was a guest faculty with Boston Ballet and The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
Alex is Co-Founder and President of "Koltun Ballet Academy" and "Boston International Summer Intensive".
As an accomplished dancer and experienced coach, Alex would like to share his knowledge of pure classical style as well as a modern approach. He envisions building a new generation of young dancers with whom he may widen the horizons of dance by collaborating with various artists in many art forms.