Gennadi started dancing at the age of 5 and, at just 10-years-old, relocated from Kamensk, Russia to Moscow to train at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet School. There he honed his technique and precision for which he is now well known. After graduation, he joined the Moscow Renaissance Ballet as a soloist before moving to Paris for an opportunity with Le Jeune Ballet de France. In 1997, after a tour to San Francisco, he was offered a soloist position with San Francisco Ballet. Three years later, he was promoted to principal. During his illustrious 19 seasons with San Francisco Ballet, he won several prizes (including two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize in 1999) and collaborated with well-known choreographers from around the world. Fellow dancer Vanessa Zahorian has described him as “text-book perfect” (ArtsATL), and The New York Times has called him “a paragon of finesse.” Gennadi will use his impressive training and experience working with some of the biggest names in dance to bring new works to Atlanta audiences and further develop the artistry of Atlanta Ballet’s dancers.