Mikhail Kaniskin

Director of the berllet, Principal dancer at the Staatsballett Berlin

He was born in Russia, and studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow and at The John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. Mikhail has the degree of ballet master, awarded by the Stuttgart Ballet, and the Ministry of Culture of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is winner of the Best Couple Award at the International Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg, the Soul of Dance of Russia and the Marius Petipa award. Mikhail has worked with important choreographers and has also participated in numerous Ballet Star galas around the world. He has been a guest dancer at the Mariinsky Theater, the Opera of Rome, the Sarajevo Company, the Teatro de Verona, Buenos Aires and the United States. In addition, he has worked as a ballet teacher for companies in Germany, Russia, Canada, the United States and Mexico.


Mikhail is the artistic director of the “Elisa and Friends Galas” 2012-2019, Danzatlán International Festival in Mexico, the Kremlin Gala in Russia and the Sir Anton Dolin Foundation. Also, he is an International Promoter of the National Dance Company of Mexico. He is a member of the CID of UNESCO. Founding member of the Elisa Carrillo Cabrera Foundation an civil association dedicated to promoting dance and the arts in Mexico. Co-creator of the "Dance for Mexico" movement to help people affected by the earthquake of September 19, 2018 in Mexico. He is the manager of the "Pedagogy of Classical Dance" course held in Mexico City.

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