Marat Daukayev

Mr. Daukayev received his professional training at the Vaganova and Perm Ballet Schools. In 1972, he won the Bronze Medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition. He was subsequently invited to join the Kirov as a soloist where he was quickly promoted to principal dancer. During his 20 year career he danced the leading male roles in the complete repertoire of classical ballets with numerous international ballet tours. He has also performed in both film and television. St. Petersburg audiences loved him for the brilliant technique and exceptional dramatic ability that he brought to his roles.

In 1977, Mr. Daukayev received the Russian State Award for his artistic achievement. In 1983, he was named People’s Artist, the highest honor bestowed by the Russian State. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Daukayev was teacher and coach to principal dancers of the Kirov Ballet, helping to create the next generation of stars. In 1995, Mr. Daukayev was invited as a guest teacher to Los Angeles, where he met his wife, Pamela.

Mr. Daukayev was appointed Ballet Master to Colorado Ballet in 1999. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Artistic Director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. Mr. Daukayev returned full time to Los Angeles in 2010 to give his undivided attention to directing and teaching at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet.

MDSB welcomes all children who wish to apply themselves to develop and practice the discipline of classical ballet. All of our students have the opportunity to train with exceptional teachers, whether they aspire to dance professionally or simply study ballet to develop self-discipline, confidence, or physical fitness.

The History of Our School

In 2001, Mr. Daukayev and his wife established the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet in mid-Wilshire Los Angeles.

Since its founding MDSB has grown from a handful of students to one of the largest ballet schools in Los Angeles, having trained and taught more than 2,000 dancers. Students also have an opportunity to perform in full productions of the Nutcracker which is staged every December. Other productions have included, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita and the annual Spring showcase.

While the school offers an all-embracing and supportive community in which students can learn the discipline of classical ballet, whether or not they have professional aspirations, the school has earned a reputation for providing sound classical training and for preparing students to go on to professional schools and companies. Some of the companies that have offered places to its students include: the Royal Ballet of London, the Bolshoi, the Royal Swedish Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet Summer Program, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Tulsa Ballet.




Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre is a California Non-Profit (Fed Tax ID#: 91-2160315). While the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and the Marat Daukayev Ballet Theater are two separate legal entities Marat Daukayev is director of both. The Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre is a non-profit 501(c) 3. established to help bring ballet to children and adults who might not otherwise have the means to experience the art form.



Ticket sales pay for only a fraction of the expense of a live ballet production. Our generous patrons make it possible for us to bring the joy of performance to over 6000 spectators each holiday season. Thank you for helping us continue our work.

Send your tax-deductible charitable contribution to:

Marat and Pamela Daukayev, Founding Directors

Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre
731 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 965-0333