• Swan Lake Guest Artist

    Khaiyom Khojaev

    Khaiyom Khojaev was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. At the age of 13, Khaiyom was accepted into the Perm State Choreographic College in Perm, Russia. He studied there for eight years and learned from some of Russia’s finest teachers. By the end of his education, Khaiyom’s repertoire surpassed most others. In 2016, Khaiyom competed in the Arabesque Ekaterina Maximova Ballet Competition. Khaiyom joined Richmond Ballet II in August of 2016 and is thrilled to be part of the main company since 2018. Since dancing at the Richmond Ballet, his repertoire has grown extensively to include works by Ma Cong, Val Caniparoli, and George Balanchine. He has also been given the privilege to dance soloist roles in pieces such as Jerome Robbin’s, In the Night, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and many others.

  • 2018 RMBA Nutcracker Behind-the-Scenes Video:

  • Alexander was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. After graduating from the National Ballet School in 1999, he continued his development in SBBS-Zurich and then danced with the world famous dance company, Jeune ballet de France. He works at the National Ballet Sofia, Ballet du Capitole-France, Ballet Internacional, USA, and the Boston Ballet, USA. His repertoire includes Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, La Sylfide, Romeo and Juliet, Zorba the Greek, Carmen, Coppelia, La Bayadere, The Firebird and many others. He has worked with famous pedagogues such as Irina Kolpakova, Vladilen Semenov, Eldar Aliev, Chris Jensen, Francois Petit, Elizabeth Platel, Ben Van Cauwenbergh and Alex Ursuliak. Awards won: 1997 Bronze Medal and 1999 Gold Medal in the Anastas Petrov Competition; 1999 The Foundation Nureyev Award; 2002 Silver Medal in the XX Jubilee International Ballet Competition in Varna; 2014 Golden Plume Prize of the Classic FM Radio and “MAKTA” Gallery for his contribution to Bulgarian culture and art.

  • Originally from Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Mckinzy studied with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey under the direction of Tyrone Aiken. Having been a member of Cleo II and an apprentice to the company, he is now third season as a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and is also a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Academy of Dance faculty.

  • A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kimberly is a working professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher.  Kimberly graduated magna cum laude from The University of Iowa, receiving her BFA Honors in Dance and Sociology.  While at The University of Iowa, she was a member of Iowa’s elite touring company, Dancers in Company, and worked with all members of the prestigious faculty and guest choreographers.  Currently, Ms. Chmielewski dances for Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre, Maureen Breeze Dance Theatre, Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, is a free-lance performance artist and choreographer.  Receiving the “Outstanding Choreographer” at the international Youth American Grand Prix Competition in 2018, Kimberly has had the privilege of presenting and setting work across the states and internationally. She previously danced for Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, APEX Dance, and Kim Robards Dance, as well as co-founded BaiKo. Kimberly began her training under the direction of George de la Peña, Greg Begley, Judith Svalander, Altin Naska, Lawrence Pech, Christine Spizzo, and at institutions such as The Joffrey Ballet School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, with Alonzo King and Johanna Rosenthal-Read, and American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives.


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