Sergey Kozadayev, Artistic Director / Company
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and trained at the famed Vaganova Ballet Academy, Mr. Kozadayev danced with the St. Petersburg State Ballet as a principal dancer for 22 years, performing lead roles in Swan Lake, Scheherazade,Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille Mal Gard??e?e, Petrushka, Don Juan,Harlequinade, Hercules, Flower Festival, and Mozartianna. He received the Merit of Honor of the Russian Republic, signifying his reputation for the highest level of dance training and performance and was featured in a biographical documentary for Russian TV. He has choreographed and danced in more than 15 countries and was the first Russian choreographer invited to participate in the American Dance Festival in North Carolina in 1990. In 1991 he became Ballet Master, choreographer and teacher for the Colorado Ballet, where he staged all the major classical ballets and set his own choreography for the company. In 1998, he joined Salt Creek Ballet as Artistic Director. In 2006, Mr. Kozadayev was asked to set his own choreography entitled Divertissements, a ballet for select dancers from each of the member companies in Regional Dance America, to perform in Jackson, Mississippi during the USA International Ballet Competition.
Patricia Sigurdson, Founding Artistic Director
Mrs. Sigurdson’s early training began in Denver and continued at the Royal Ballet School in London. In New York, she trained with Frederick Franklin and Robert Joffrey before joining Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and then American Ballet Theatre. With ABT she was on the historic European tour which culminated in six weeks behind the iron curtain – ABT being the first American ballet company to perform there. This professional experience, plus teaching posts at National Music Camp, the Interlochen Arts Academy and elsewhere, provided an ideal background on which to build a ballet school and company in Chicago’s western suburbs. Many of Mrs. Sigurdson's students have gone on to distinguished professional careers in dance.