Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Artistic - Ballet Masters

Artistic - Ballet Masters

Photo by Kim Kenney.

Rory Hohenstein, Ballet Master 

Rory Hohenstein was born in Washington D.C., where he began dancing at the age of 7 with the Gary Pate dance studio. At age 12, he joined the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C., leaving his senior year at age 17 to take a contract with the company Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 2000, he joined San Francisco Ballet as a corps member and was promoted to soloist in 2006. He moved to New York City in 2008 to join Christopher Wheeldon’s company, Morphoses, dancing in their home seasons at City Center, NY and Sadlers Wells, London. He spent a season with the Lar Lubovitch Dance company while in New York before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 2011, where he continued to be a leading artist with the company through the 2018/19 season. Some of Hohenstein’s work includes dances from choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, Helgi Tomasson, Alexander Ekman, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Val Canaparoli, Jorma Elo, Paul Taylor, John Nuemier, Mark Morris, Yuri Possokov, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Gerald Arpino, Emily Molnar, Ed Liang, Andrew McNicol, Annabelle Ochoa Lopez, Liam Scarlett, William Forsythe, Myles Thatcher and Justin Peck. Some personal highlights for Hohenstein include Romeo in Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet, dancing the role of Levin in Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina, Step Sister in Tudor’s Cinderella, “Amor” in John Nuemier’s Sylvia, The Lovers in Alexander Ekman’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Monk in Yuri Possokhov’s Raku and Cassio in Lar Lubovitch’s Othello, and in Fancy Free and as Riff in West Side Story Suite, both by Jerome Robbins. Hohenstein has also enjoyed working in stage productions with Debbie Allen, John Nuemier’s Opera Orphee and Eurydice, as well as working with Wade Robson from TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Hohenstein is very excited for this new adventure joining Atlanta Ballet as ballet master under the direction of Gennadi Nedvigin.

Artistic - Ballet Masters

Photo by Charlie McCullers.

Roman Rykine, Ballet Master

Roman Rykine joined Atlanta Ballet from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2016. He graduated from the Rudolph Nureyev State Ballet Academy in his hometown of Ufa, Russia, and he was a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet and the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre. One of the exceptional dancers of his generation, Rykine has danced most of the major classical roles, including La Fille mal gardée, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Raymonda Act III, La Bayadère Act III, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Les Sylphides. His repertoire also includes
many contemporary and neoclassical roles. Rykine won the gold medal and first prize at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1993, and the bronze medal at both the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., in 1994, and the Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in 1993. He holds the honorary title of Artist of Merit of the Republic from the Government of Ufa, Russia. During his career, Rykine learned from such teachers, choreographers and coaches as Yuri Gregorvich, Natalia Makarova, Nacho Duato, Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, Helgi Tomasson, James Kudelka, Hans van Maanen and Jorma Elo, among others. He toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States, and he was a guest artist with various ballet companies. He retired from the stage in 2010 and began teaching. Rykine was a guest faculty member at the Boston Ballet School before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in January 2012.

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