In the Hot Seat: Alexander Daev of Moscow Festival Ballet

By Kendall Buzzelli

Time for another “In the Hot Seat”! We talked with Alexander Daev, the Ballet Master and Assistant Artistic Director of Moscow Festival Ballet. Hear about his passion for ballet and see it in motion at Wharton Center March 14

Name:   Alexander Daev, Ballet Master and Assistant Artistic Director of Moscow Festival Ballet (MFB)


What is your favorite thing about ballet?

Ballet is my life.  I’ve been dancing since I was 10 years old.  Every aspect is good.  Training your body for years to be able to do the technically demanding movements of ballet enables a dancer to perform and play a part that will be satisfying to oneself while sharing this wonderful gift with the world.

How long have you been dancing with Moscow Festival Ballet?

I’ve been with the MFB for 12 years.

Where did you train to become a professional dancer?

I went to several small ballet schools in Moscow.  We have many!

What are your pre-show and post-show rituals?

Ballet class, rehearsal and coffee pre-show. Relax and eat dinner, post-show.

What is your favorite part about being on tour?

I love to travel.  I love to see the world and perform for people from many different cultures.

If you could give one piece of advice to young dancers, what would you say to them?

It is a hard life to be a professional ballet dancer, but if you have the passion and the ambition it requires, it’s a wonderful life!  You will love it!!!

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Moscow Festival Ballet returns to Wharton Center on March 14. Student and youth tickets are only $18, available at, by calling 1-800-WHARTON, or by visiting the Ticket Office. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more behind-the-scenes looks at what’s happening at Wharton Center! 

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