Ballet Master Max Ratevosian is the founder and co-owner of Hamilton City Ballet and the founder and Artistic/Executive of the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts.
Max Ratevosian, B.A. Ballet Master, M.A. Choregrapher – Artistic/Executive Director, Ballet & Historical Dance Teacher
Max graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia and later from the State University of Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. in Moscow with a degree major of Ballet Master, Teacher and Choreographer.
During his 20 year tenure at the Moscow State Ballet Theatre he was Principal Dancer, Teacher and Ballet Master. As a professor at the University of Shepkin, Theatre Division, Max taught Stage Movement and Dance for Dramatic Arts. At the University of Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. Theatrical Division in Moscow, he also taught Methodology for Classical Dance.
Max’s former students have become dancers in major ballet companies throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. White some have achieved great success in various international dance competitions in Moscow, Varna, Paris and Denmark.
In 1991, Max was invited to Canada to teach at L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec, in Montreal, The National Ballet School and The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, as well as McMaster University in Hamilton. Over the years, he has been invited as a guest teacher to a variety of schools and companies throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2001, Max co-founded the Hamilton City Ballet school.
Max has staged classical ballet productions such as Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Paquita and Les Sylphides.
In November of 2008, Max was awarded the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Dance.
In 2011 he began an association with the Vancliffen Arts Foundation to create an exchange program for students of Canada, U.S. and Italy.
Mr. Ratevosian has been appointed Dean of the International University of Ballet Arts (USA) and is a consultant for the Vancliffen Arts Foundation. He auditions and adjudicates for both organizations.
He is a member of CID – Unesco. He teaches Master Classes around the world and has adjudicated many International Ballet Competitions