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Born and raised in Sterlitamak, Russia, Alexander Iziliaev began his ballet training at age 11 at The Perm Ballet School. Upon graduating in 1992, he won the Moscow International Competition and the Perm Competition. That same year he traveled to the United States and joined the Hartford Ballet. Immediately cast in principal roles, Mr. Iziliaev also originated many roles in Kirk Peterson ballets, and he continued his training with Truman Finney.

In 1995, he was invited by Peter Martins to join the New York City Ballet. There his extensive repertoire of featured roles included George Balanchine’s Tarantella, Allegro Brillante, The Four Temperaments and La Sonambula; and Peter Martins Fearful Symmetries. Mr. Iziliaev also originated roles in Kevin O’Days Badchonim and Richard Tanner’s Schoenberg/Wuorinen  Variations.

Mr. Iziliaev joined Pennsylvania Ballet in September 2000 as a Principal Dancer. His roles with the Company have included Oberon in A Midsummer Night’ s Dream, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Franz in Coppelia, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, Prince Ivan in The Firebird and Frederick in Dracula. He has also danced principal roles in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Raymonda Variations, Agon, Serenade, The Nutcracker, Square Dance and Western Symphony. Mr. Iziliaev has also performed in William Forsythe In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Paul Taylor’s Arden Court, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs and Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk; and has made numerous international appearances in London, Paris, Scotland, Brazil and throughout South America.

Mr. Iziliaev has been teaching since 2000 and he has an impressive record as a ballet teacher and coach. He was a lecturer of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and he was in the faculty of Metropolitan Ballet Academy, Bowman School of Dance, Philadelphia Studio Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet School and Principal teacher of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet. He has been a guest teacher for, Koresh Dance Company, Sandonato School of Ballet, Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Ballet Workshop New England and Swarthmore Ballet Theater and Alvin Ailey.

Mr. Iziliaev has also taught master classes in Spain.