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 Gardée, 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.