Adrian Blake Mitchell is a danseur with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia. Mitchell has danced various soloist and principal roles in his first year at the theater.
Mitchell is a recent graduate of the prestigious Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Vaganova's alumnus includes George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, and Anna Pavlova.
Mitchell studied primarily at NYC's exclusive Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program where he was under the direction of his teacher and mentor, Edward Ellison. Previously he studied closely under the ballet legend Gelsey Kirkland, where he frequently worked one on one as a student with Ms. Kirkland on the classical repertoire at the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy.
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Mitchell is one of few Americans performing in one of Russia's Major Theatres and the first African-American to receive his high diploma from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Over the past year Mitchell has worked closely with Russia's elite ballet stars and teachers including Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Farouk Ruzhimatov, Ludmila Kovaleva, Yulia Makhalina, and Oleg Vinogradov. He has performed soloist roles on the historic Mariinsky stage and recently made his debut as Count Albrecht in the historic ballet Giselle at the Rimsky-Korsakov Opera House.
Adrian left home at the age of 15 to follow his dream of being a world class professional ballet dancer. At the age of 8 he told his Mom and Grandma he was going to go to Russia. At the time it had no context as he was only dabbling in tap and hip hop classes. He soon turned to ballet and at age 16, he arrived in NYC to get to work. At 20 he has earned a spot in the world's most prestigious ballet school in Russia.