riginally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Mikhail graduated with a BA from Vaganova Ballet Academy. Mikhail won Gold Medal at the "Vaganova-Prix" Competition (1998). He danced with Mariinsky Ballet while also studying with Vaganova Academy. Mikhail started his professional career in the US when he joined Boston Ballet in 1999. In He was awarded a diploma at the Paris Competition, won highest awarded prize -- Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition (2000), won the Bronze at the Jackson IBC (2002). In 2001, he became a soloist and then a principal dancer with Miami City Ballet and performed a wide variety of the leading repertoire. In addition in 2005, he was chosen by Dance Magazine as one of the 'to watching' dancers of today. Mr. Ilyin finished his professional performance career with the American Ballet Theatre. He also performed as guest artist all around the US and across Europe and Asia.
He is a faculty member at American Ballet Theatre's JKO School, SLK Ballet, Alvin Ailey. Mikhail also is a Ballet Master for the rehearsals of all levels, teaching, staging, choreography and evaluating audition for ABT’s Summer Intensive programs. He teaches Master classes for ABT’s outreach groups from: Brazil, Japan, Florida and NYC; worked with American Ballet Theatre’s company apprentices and Studio Company. Mikhail is certified and has won awards for his teaching of ABT's National Training Curriculum.
His teaching experience includes work with New York University (mentoring master’s candidates in ABT Pedagogy about Vaganova Method and relevance of it in ABT’s Natonal Training Curriculum), UNCSA, Rutgers University. Mikhail has previously taught and choreographed for Miami City Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School (summer intensive), Hamilton College, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, and has been as "Artist-In-Residence" with Ballet Mississippi since 2005 - where he has performed many times as well. Mikhail has had appearances on TV promoting the art of dance, and holds "Meet the Artist" Q&A sessions at ballet schools around the country. Mikhail taught master classes at New York City Center, Ballet Tech, Joffrey Ballet School (Summer Intensive Faculty), Ellison Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and other schools in Florida, South Dakota, Georgia, New Jersey, Louisiana, Texas and Japan.
Mr. Ilyin coached supers and company apprentices for ABT's productions of "Manon," "Nutcracker" and "Cinderella." Mikhail enjoys choreographing and has staged different classical ballets and suites from Don Quixote, Etudes, Corsaire, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Paquita. His original choreography credits include more than 30 works utilizing different styles of dance and music (full-length Nutcracker, Atomic Basie, Schumann’s Sonatas, Moves Like Jagger, Romanian Cadaneasca, Afrotech and electronic music). Mikhail was selected from a competitive group to also choreograph as part of ABT’s "Innovation Initiative" choreography project: "Unrestrained," performed at the Joyce Theater, NYC.
Mikhail is also Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of iDEA in Movement workshop series: an integrated dance series focusing on body awareness and improvisation, combined with professional dance and classical ballet training. He is also a Certified Practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education: a 4-year professional training program in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration. He continues to teach workshops and private lessons in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany and Spain.