In 1998 Dmitri Gudanov was awarded the gold medal at the international competition of ballet artists in Paris. Just there a funny thing happened to him, the thing that is normally talked about with laughter, but at that moment the incident put the actor’s fortitude to test.

" The dancer’s ballet footwear may very well move down from the foot, as it sometimes happens. But up to that moment I had never faced such a problem. At the second round of the competition I was to perform a variation from " Pakhita ". When dancing I suddenly felt my damned ballet-shoe, as ill luck would have it, slipping off, and at the most improper moment. By the middle of the variation it was on the tip of my toes, and I tossed it off my foot. So I had to do the final rounds and pirouettes “in the bare foot”. I pulled myself together and made it all right in spite of the circumstances. The professional rage helped me: the audience broke into rapturous applause. When I made my bows to the public, I picked up my ill-starred shoe and pressed it to my chest. Certainly, I at once was nicknamed " Cinderella". I remember that after the performance the famous French ballerina of Russian origin Nina Vyrubleva approached me and said that she very much liked my performance in " Giselle " è " Pakhita ".

Cazanova ends his days tragically, James fails to find happiness in his life, Paganini is obsessed and tormented by demons, Àlbert loses his beloved Giselle, Mercutio dies in an act of revenge, Pavel I gets immersed in dark forces of the subconscious. Not a single gleam of light. But I would like to dance something fairy and optimistic, life-asserting: " Nutcracker ", " The Sleeping Beauty "...
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Dancing by Dmitri Gudanov is a modern copy of the so called " danse noble " that is " the noble dance ", which is considered to be perfectly exemplary of the ballet classics.
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Gudanov’s character and scenic images combine sobriety and pensiveness, boisterouDs spontaneity and adult originality.
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Dmitri Gudanov was born in 1975 in Moscow. From 1985 –1994 he was a student at the Moscow Academic Choreography College. In 1994 (L. Ò. Zhdanov’s class), he joined the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Company as a corps-de-ballet dancer. In 1997 Dmitri became a soloist, and since 2000 he has been the leading soloist.

During his first years at Bolshoi he performed very successfully small solo parties in ballets " The Sleeping Beauty ", " Nutcracker ”, " Taming the Obstinate " and "La Silphide".

His dancing turned out to be so brilliant that Dmitri was suggested to perform the main party in " The Fantasy on the theme of Cazanova”, a ballet by Ìichail Lavrovsky to the music by Mozart.

Being generously gifted, well mannered and technically accomplished the dancer quickly enters the repertoire of the theatre. In 1998 he contributes to the success of the new ballet premiere " Dreams about Japan " mounted by Àlexey Ratmansky to the music by Japanese composers.

His work on the role of the Heir in the ballet by Boris Eifmann " Russian Hamlet (The son of Åkaterina the Great)" has become a milestone in his career. The first night of the ballet was a tremendous success when it was seen in the Bolshoi Theatre in February 2000.

Dmitri Gudanov tours a lot and has wide concert repertoire: Pas de deux from ballets "Êîppelia", " La Fille mal gardee ", " the Feast of flowers in Gentzano ", "Butterfly" and other fragments from classical ballets and miniatures by modern ballet masters.

At the Bolshoi Theatre Dmitri works under the guidance of the USSR People’s artist Ìickail Lavrovsky.

Dmitri Gudanov is a winner of a number of ballet prizes:

1996 -

Silver medal and jury’s special " Dance Nobel " prize at IV open "Àrabesque - 96 " competition of ballet artists (Perm);
1997 - the Moscow Debuts" prize of the Union of Theatrical Figures of Russia;
1998  - the golden premium at VIII International ballet competition in Paris;
2000  - Prize " Soul of dance " of the "Ballet" magazine in the Ascending Star nomination.
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