Ilya Kozadayev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia to a family of ballet dancers. He received his dance training from Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, The School of American Ballet in New York City, Academy of Colorado Ballet and graduated from the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Kozadayev has danced with numerous prestigious ballet companies in the United States including Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, as a soloist with Colorado Ballet, a principal dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet and a soloist with the Houston Ballet. Throughout his career Mr. Kozadayev has performed works by such choreographers as Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Jerome Robbins, Kenneth McMillan, Fredrik Ashton, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Mathew Borne, Jorma Elo, Aszure Barton, Christopher Bruce, Cho San Goh, Rudi van Danzig, Donald McKayle, Michael Pink, Christopher Wheeldon and many others. Mr. Kozadayev has toured nationally and internationally and has performed in the US, Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Spain and Japan. As a dancer Mr. Kozadayev was the winner of the New York International Ballet Competition in 2000.
Mr. Kozadayev’s choreographic credits include works for Boston Ballet’s Raw Dance project, Houston Ballet, Houston Ballet II, Kansas City Ballet, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Festival Ballet of Providence, and the Salt Creek Ballet. In the Fall of 2015 Mr. Kozadayev created a work for Milwaukee Ballet II and won the Ballet Arkansas Visions Choreography Competition. In the Spring of 2016 Mr. Kozadayev is returning to Festival Ballet of Providence to create ‘Hansel and Gretel’ as well as creating a new work for Tulsa Ballet II. Mr. Kozadayev serves as an Assistant Professor of Ballet at the University of Oklahoma School of Dance where he teaches courses in ballet technique, Character, Partnering, Pointe, Choreography and Understanding Dance. Mr. Kozadayev holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in choreography from Jacksonville University in Florida.