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Oleg Briansky

Oleg Briansky

November 9, 1929
July 7, 2021

Oleg Briansky was born in
Belgium and received his early ballet training with Leonide Katchourowsky in Brussels. He pursued his studies in Paris, London and New York. He began his professional career with the Ballet de Paris Roland Petit and had also been a principal dancer with the Ballet des Champs-Elysees, London Festival Ballet, the Royal Opera House in Antwerp, the Prinzregentheater in Munich, Germany, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet.

Mr. Briansky is the founder and director of the Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center, a summer ballet program in Saratoga Springs, New York. He has also taught for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the School of American Ballet, the Teatro Communale (Florence, Italy), Danceworks (London), Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris, Universal Ballet Company (Seoul, Korea), Teatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), the Third International Training Course in Ponte l'Abbe, Brittany (France), and Rosella Hightower's Centre de Danse Classique (Cannes, France).

From 1990 to 1991 Mr. Briansky was associate director of the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington, DC. Mr. Briansky is currently co-artistic director of the Lehigh Valley PA Youth Ballet in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Briansky has also appeared as Madge in the Universal Ballet company's production of La Sylphide and has appeared as a guest artist with regional ballet companies in the role of Herr Drosselmeyer.

Mr. Briansky's ballets are in the repertoires of London Festival Ballet and many regional ballet companies and opera companies in the United States, including his new productions of Scheherazade and Firebird for Ballet Memphis and the American premiere of Romeo and Juliet by the Charleston Ballet in West Virginia. In 1993 Mr. Briansky created the choreography for the world premiere of the opera, Petticoat, in Washington, D.C. In 1994 Mr. Briansky restaged Scheherazade for the Southern Ballet Theatre (Orlando, Florida) and created the choreography for the off-Broadway production of Ballet Russes. In 1995, Mr. Briansky choreographed the world premiere, Country Moon, for the Charleston Ballet, set to the recordings of Country and Western star, Patsy Cline. Country Moon has also been re-staged for Ballet Mississippi and the Lehigh Valley PA Youth Ballet. Mr. Briansky's A Furtive Tryst was given its world premiere at the Detroit Music Hall as part of the gala program, An Evening of Ballet Stars, and danced by Christina Fagundes and Charles Askegard of American Ballet Theatre. He also created Death and the Lumberjack for Valentina Kozlova and David Kierce for the French Institute/Alliance Francaise's Tribute to La Fontaine.

Mr. Briansky was artistic director for The Children of Theatre Street, a feature documentary on the Vaganova Choreographic Institute in Leningrad, which was nominated for the Academy Award in 1978. He has also translated Classes in Classical Ballet by Asaf Messerer and One Hundred Classes in Classical Ballet by Vera Kostrovitskaya. He has also been a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and has served on the jury of the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition. In 1994 Mr. Briansky was the recipient of the Nijinsky Award for his ballet, Scheherazade, in honor of Mr. Briansky's efforts to educate and inform audiences about the life of Nijinsky. Mr. Briansky has also been a Chair of the National Honorary Committee for the USA International Ballet Competition.

Oleg Briansky, who distinguished himself first as an international ballet star and then as an influential ballet teacher, died on July 7 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 91.

CD & DVD Titles by Oleg Briansky

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2264C 100 Lessons in Classical Ballet CD Elena Balyakhova
Oleg Briansky CD
100 Lessons in Classical Ballet DVD Elena Balyakhova Oleg Briansky DVD
2575C Lesson 15 CD Nataliya Pinelis
Oleg Briansky CD
Lesson 15 DVD
Nataliya Pinelis Oleg Briansky DVD
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