Profile Type: Artist
Yury Yanowsky

Yury Yanowsky's career as a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet spanned over two decades. Yanowsky was the recipient of the first prize at the Prix de Lausanne and won the Silver medal at both the Varna International Ballet Competition and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS.

Yanowsky's passion for choreographing began early in his dancing career and over the past decade he has had the opportunity to choreograph numerous ballets for Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Carlos Acosta's "Premiere's Plus", Festival Ballet Providence, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Bundes Jugend Ballet Hamburg, and many international galas.

In 2015, Yanowsky was awarded the Choreographic Prize at the prestigious Erik Bruhn Competition for his ballet, District. His world premiere “Smoke and Mirror’s” for Boston Ballet was named “Best in Dance for 2016” by The Arts Fuse and hailed as a “visual and choreographic masterpiece”. In 2016 he was commissioned to create a new work for the Opening Night Gala for Jacob’s Pillow. In 2017 Yanowsky choreographed the opening night program at the Grange Park Opera in London for famed Baritone Bryn Terfel and Royal Ballet Principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky and was commissioned to create a new work of art at the Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In 2018 Yury created Dance YaNOWsky, an evening showcasing his choreography which premiered in New Hampshire. 

In addition to his choreography Yury was the Movement Director for Lyric Opera of Boston’s productions of Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress, In the Penal Colony, and The Rape of Lucretia and White Snakes Production’s REV 23. He also acts as a Movement Consultant for American Repertory Theatre. He joined the Royal Opera House in the Spring of 2018 for William Tuckett’s production of Elizabeth performed at the Barbican Theatre.

Yury is currently on faculty at Harvard University and Centro Coreographico, Las Palmas Spain, Summer Program. He has also taught at Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Brookline Ballet, Dean College and Colby College.

Yury holds a degree in Coreografia y Tecnicas de interpretation de la Danza from the Academica de Ensenanzas de Musica y Artes Enscenicas, Spain, 2009. 

He speaks Spanish, English, and French fluently. 

Yury aims to continue to create relevant and moving art that speaks to today’s social issues and pushes the boundaries of what ballet is perceived to be. 

Additional Links: 
The full ballet “Smoke and Mirrors” created for Boston Ballet in 2016
A short trailer of some of my work

I Have Worked With

  • May 2019

    Worked as a Principal Dancer with the company from 1993-2015

    Was commissioned to create and work with the second company for their Next Generation Performance: Trazom

    Created and curated an evening in the Black Box Theare showcasing my work (2015)

    Commissioned to create a main stage work for the main company for the 2014 Night of Stars Gala Li3

    Commissioned to create a main stage work for the main company in 2016. Smoke and Mirrors

    Smoke and Mirrors: Named Best in Dance 2016 by Fuse Magazine

    Most recently my work Final was performed at Boston Calling in May 2019

  • April 2019

    Created a new work entitled The Sun Sleeps

  • March 2019

    Created a new ballet entitled AON 


  • Artist

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Choreographer/Movement Director
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2606 Centre St.
West Roxbury, MA 02132
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(857) 472-1196


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Dance - General
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Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

degree in Coreografia y Tecnicas de interpretation de la Danza from the Academica de Ensenanzas de Musica y Artes Enscenicas, Spain, 2009.
Ballet National de Cuba
Erik Bruhn Award for Choreography 2016
Prix de Lausanne - First Prize (1992)
Varna International Ballet Competition - Silver Medal (1992)
International Ballet Competition, MS - Silver Medal (1994)

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
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Marley Floor
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I am a Teaching Artist

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Elementary School-age
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degree in Coreografia y Tecnicas de interpretation de la Danza from the Academica de Ensenanzas de Musica y Artes Enscenicas, Spain, 2009.
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