Founder and Director of the school is Marat Daukayev, a former star of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg Russia.
Mr. Daukayev received his professional training at the Vaganova and Perm Ballet Schools. In 1972, he won the Bronze Medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition. He was subsequently invited to join the Kirov as a soloist where he was quickly promoted to principal dancer. During his 20 year career he danced the leading male roles in the complete repertoire of classical ballets with numerous international ballet tours. He has also performed in both film and television. St. Petersburg audiences loved him for the brilliant technique and exceptional dramatic ability that he brought to his roles.
From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Daukayev was teacher and coach to principal dancers of the Kirov Ballet, helping to create the next generation of stars. In 1977, he received the Russian State Award for his artistic achievement and in 1983 was named People's Artist, the highest honor bestowed by the Russian State.
In 1995 Mr. Daukayev was invited as a guest teacher to Los Angeles, where he met his wife, Pamela. Mr. Daukayev accepted a position as Ballet Master to Colorado Ballet in 1999 and returned to Los Angeles as a full time resident the following year. In 2001, Mr. Daukayev and his wife established the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, resident at Dance Arts Academy in mid-town Los Angeles.
In its first few years the school earned a reputation for providing sound classical training and for preparing students to go on to professional schools and companies. The school offers an all-embracing and supportive community in which students can learn the discipline of classical ballet, whether or not they have professional aspirations.
Marat Daukayev was Artistic Director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. from 2007 to 2009. He returned full time to Los Angeles in 2010 to give his undivided attention to directing and teaching at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet.