Assistant Professor of Dance (Ballet)
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia to a family of professional ballet dancers, Ilya Kozadayev began his training at the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg under Ludmila Karateeva. After immigrating to the United States, he continued his dance training at the School of American Ballet in New York City where his teachers included Stanley Williams, Andre Kramarevsky and Richard Rapp. After studying at the Academy of Colorado Ballet in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Kozadayev completed his dance training by graduating from the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart, Germany.
Mr. Kozadeyev's professional career includes performing with Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet. He has performed choreography by George Balanchine, August Bournonville, William Forsythe, Agnes de Mille, Frederick Ashton, Rudi van Dantzig, Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, Mark Morris and Christopher Wheeldon.
He has been a teacher and choreographer with the Houston Ballet and at various summer programs and workshops around the country.