Alexei Kremnev

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As the founding Artistic Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Alexei Kremnev has brought a worldwide reputation to the Academy as one of the most innovative and fast-growing dance organizations. He began his career in Moscow at the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Degree of Ballet Artist), the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art (GITIS), and the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Degree in Pedagogy and Choreography). Either as a Principal Artist, Choreographer or Teacher he has worked internationally with the Moscow Festival Ballet (Russian National Ballet), England's Northern Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet, Tulsa Ballet, and the Russian and European Stars of the Ballet. Mr. Kremnev received superlative reviews in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Dance Magazine for the leading roles he danced. He is the Laureate of the Leonide Massine Award, the Nureyev International and Lifar International Ballet Competition.

Mr. Kremnev has been featured on PBS Holiday Specials Love is Here to Stay and A Family Thanksgiving. He has been praised for his extraordinary ability to work with a young generation of dancers, as well as for his original and creative choreography. From 2004-2006 Mr. Kremnev’s choreography was presented at the legendary Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He received the Outstanding Choreographer Award at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in 2006, 2007 and 2009. His works have been successfully performed in collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.

In 2001 Mr. Kremnev was recognized as one of the Most Influential People in the Arts in Cincinnati and was elected to the Advisory Board on Eastern Europe for Illinois Senator, Mark Kirk in 2011. Under his current leadership as Academy Artistic Director, the Joffrey Academy of Dance was named Outstanding School at YAGP in 2010 and 2012. In 2013 Mr. Kremnev received the Achievement Award in Culture from the Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI). He has created fifteen original new works at the Joffrey. 

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