Graduated from the Vaganova Academy in 1956, class of the great Soviet ballerina Feya Balabina. For over 35 years danced at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet. Coaches classic dance since 1963, one of the most honored professors of Russian Ballet School, titled «The Legendary». In 2008 was awarded with the title «Sir of the Dance». Worked as a ballet master with Maurice Bejart, Pierre Lacotte, Roland Petit, Jerome Robbins.
Among his students at the Academy and Mariinsky Ballet company have been Farukh Rusimatov, Yulia Makhalina, Konstantin Zaklinsky, Makhar Vaziev, Igor Zelensky, Vasily Medvedev, Igor Petrov, Andris Liepa, Leonid Sarafanov, Danila Korsuntsev, Igor Kolb, Viktor Baranov, Biser Todorov, Alen Botaini, and others.
Master-classes DANCE OPEN: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015