Andrey Kasatsky was born in Russia, Moscow into a family of professional ballet dancers. At the age of nine he was accepted to the prestigious Academy of Bolshoi Theater where he was lucky enough to study with one of the best teachers in Russia. After successful graduation, he joined The Moscow Classical Ballet as a member of the corp de ballet. In 1996, Andrey joined Ballet Internationale (Indianapolis Ballet Theater). His repertoire included principal and soloist roles in works by Paul Taylor, Val Canniparolli, Eldar Aliev. He worked with famous teachers, such as Vladilen Semyonov (the teacher of Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov) and Irina Kolpakova. Two years later, Cincinnati Ballet invited Andrey Kasatsky to join their company and a year later promoted him to the soloist rank. There Andrey worked with such remarkable teachers and choreographers as: Bart Cook, Kirk Peterson, Raymond Lukens, Adam Hougland, Freddie Franklin, Val Canniparolli, Septime Webre and Robert Moses. He was featured as principal in many ballets by George Balanchine, such as: Serenade, Four Temperaments, Jewels and Agon. In 2004 Michael Pink, Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Ballet, offered Andrey Kasatsky a contract as the Leading Dancer (principal position with the company). Andrey’s repertoire encompassed a wide variety of principal roles: The Nutcracker, Fancy Free, Romeo and Juliet, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hamlet, Swan Lake, Second Before the Ground. During his 17-year-long professional career, Mr. Kasatsky has performed as a guest artist in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Russian Federation and the United States. Today, Andrey Kasatsky continues his active involvement in the ballet community as a teacher. It’s important for him to teach and share his experiences with the younger generation of dancers. We are excited to have him on staff!