Viktor Plotnikov is a world-famous choreographer based in Boston, MA. A native of Ukraine, Viktor began his classical ballet training in Kiev at the age of 11, and continued it at the St. Petersburg Vaganova Ballet Academy.
Viktor achieved true fame and recognition at the Boston Ballet, which he joined in 1993, and where he performed as First Soloist for ten years. (Prior to joining Boston Ballet Plotnikov danced as a Soloist with Donetsk Ballet, and as a Principal Dancer with Mississippi and Tulsa Ballet Companies.) During his years as a dancer Victor extensively toured the world.
In 1999 Plotnikov expanded the scope of his career to include choreography. Since then he created numerous works specifically for Boston Ballet dancers, members of Boston Ballet II, Boston Conservatory, as well as Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Richmond Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, and many others.
After winning the Choreography Prize at the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Plotnikov went on to win the Best Choreography Award at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL, and in 2007 a prize at the International Choreographic Competition.
Suite, a contemporary piece choreographed by Victor for an IBT Academy student Elyse Jennings, was performed by Elyse at the 2008 Arabesque Competition in Perm, Russia.
Suite won Plotnikov Special Prize for Best Contemporary Choreography Created for Arabesque, while Elyse was invited to dance in the Arabesque Closing Gala.
It is Plotnikov’s unique style that won him international acclaim. Dance Magazine defined it as a “skillful blend of cryptic, non-ballet movement and gesture with good old-fashioned ballet showmanship.”
Plotnikov created visually and intellectually charged pieces for Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet II, Festival Ballet Providence, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet (New Works Festival), Richmond Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, First State Ballet Theater of Wilmington, DE, International Ballet Competition in Jackson, International Ballet Competion in Varna, for for Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet‘s Choreographic Workshop, Youth America Grand Prix, Harvard University Dance Program, and many others.
“We need more choreographers like Plotnikov, who revere tradition while forging a new language, and still command the attention of an everyday family audience,” wrote Dance Magazine in 2007.
The list of contemporary pieces choreographed by Viktor Plotnkov for IBT Academy students is long and impressive:
- 2014: The Bug. Dancer: Alison Tatsuoka. Performed at YAGP Philadelphia Regional Semi-Final Competition. Placed Top 12 Junior Contemporary Division.
- 2014: Run. Dancer: Emily Stephens. Performed at YAGP Philadelphia Regional Semi-Final Competition. Placed Top 12 Pre-Competitive Contemporary Division.
- 2014: Rory. Dancer: Rory Myers. Performed at YAGP Philadelphia Regional Semi-Final Competition. Placed Top 12 Pre-Competitive Contemporary Division.
- 2014: Ease Street Dance, a group piece for IBT students. Performed at YAGP Philadelphia Regional Semi-Final Competition. Placed Top 12 Ensembles Contemporary Division, was invited to YAGP NYC Finals;
- 2013: Ragazza. Dancer: Katherine Gabay. Performed at YAGP Philadelphia Regional Semi-Final Competition. Won 3rd Place Senior Contemporary Division. In 2013 Katherine Gabay was invited to Lviv, Ukraine to perform Ragazza at the 90th Birthday Jubliee Gala of Famed Ukrainian Ballerina Natalia Slobodan;
- 2011: Suite. Dancer: Katie Zimmerman. Performed at YAGP Philadelphia Regional Semi-Finals;
- 2009: Queen. Dancer: Nora McGinley-Hence. Performed at YAGP;
- 2007: Beautiful Twins. Dancers: Elyse Jennings and Shih-Huai Liang. Performed at IBC Shanghai, China.
David Fernandez is a dancer and a choreographer based in New York City.
David's most acclaimed choreography, entitled Five Variations on a Theme, was created for New York City Ballet's principal dancer Joaquin De Luz. The work was performed as part of the Kings of the Dance program, premiering in the Ukraine in November 2008. It was subsequently performed all over the world: in NYC, LA, London, Paris, Rome, and Moscow, to name just a few places.
Other notable commissions include choreographies have been created for leading dancers from the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet, as well as the Kings of the Dance Tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, and Youth America Grand Prix Gala Concert.
David is a skilled competition choreographer, known for creating works that emphasize students' strengths while meeting all of the judges' requirements. In 2014 David choreographed three contemporary pieces for IBT students competing at YAGP.
One of David's trademark pieces, the 14 minute long White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants choreographed to J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D Allegro, features an enchanting mix of Baroque and Contemporary sensibilities. Madeline Glinski, an IBT student who has previously performed David's choreography at YAGP, was recently invited to perform in a new version of this piece, created specifically for very young but already talented performers. In April 2014 White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants—XXS was performed in New York City at the Some Dance Company—Encore! Benefit for Career Transition for Dancers. Maddie enjoyed rehearsing in NYC and performing alongside professional dancers.
"When I’m working with young dancers—whether setting a ballet or choreographing a solo for a competition—I focus on making the rehearsal period a positive experience. It’s important that aspiring dancers enjoy rehearsal time, look forward to coming to the studio, and remain excited about the performance."
David has also taught some of the IBT Master Class Workshops.