"Since dance is a part of that beauty,
I would like to help conserve that
pure unadorned academism..."

Vladimir Dokoudovsky

Vladimir Dokoudovsky was born to Russian parents in Monte Carlo in 1919. He studied with the renowned ballet mistress Olga Preobrajenska in Studio Wacker, Paris and soon was teaching her beginner and intermediate classes. At the age of 13 he won First Prize in the international competition, Archives Internationales de la Danse. Dokoudovsky began his professional career in 1934 as a soloist for Opera De Monte Carlo. He danced with such famed companies as Ballet Russe, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and DeBasil's original Ballet Russe. Dokoudovsky also performed as soloist with the National Polish Ballet, under the direction of Bronislava Nijinska and guest artist with the Royal Danish Ballet. As a choreographer, he worked with Ballet Arts, Des Moines Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. In 1977 Dokoudovsky opened the New York Conservatory of Dance.

Professional Engagements as a Dancer
  • 1934-1935 1st soloist - Opera De Monte Carlo
  • 1936 1st dancer - Ballet Russe de I'Opera comique de Paris
  • 1937 1st dancer - National Polish Ballet (under dir. B. Nijinska)
  • 1938 Soloist - Monte Carlo Ballet Russe (under dir. L. Massine)
  • 1939-1940 Soloist - Mordkin Ballet (U.S.A.)
  • 1940-1941 Soloist - Ballet Theatre (U.S.A.)
  • 1942-1950 1st dancer-DeBasil original Ballet Russe
  • Guest star - Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Danish Royal Ballet

Professional Engagements as Ballet Master
  • Choreographer - Kansas City Civic Co., Des Moines Civic Ballet, Schenectady Ballet Co.

Professional Engagements as a Teacher
  • 1934 Taught beginner and intermediate classes for Olga Preobrajenska
  • 1950 Ballet Arts, Carnegie Hall
  • 1965 Ballet Theatre School
  • 1966 American Ballet Theatre
  • 1977 New York Conservatory of Dance

  • [circa 1950] "Graduation Ball"
  • "The Revolt of the Phantom" (danced ballet sequence)
  • 1963 "The Greenwich Village Story" (choreographed ballet sequence)

  • "Gaite Parisienne" [Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo]
  • 1953 "Toast of the Town" (former Ed Sullivan Show) with Zizi Jeanmaire
  • 1956 Omnibus "The Art of Ballet"


for Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, New York Theatre Ballet

Graduation Ball, Swan Lake, Giselle, Scheherazade, Prince Igor, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, Carnaval, Giselle, Paganini, Spectre de la Rose, Petroushka

Oral History [available at The Public Library]

54 Hours of Interviews Covering the years 1919 - 1952

Studio Information

Vladimir Dokoudovsky, Founder
Patricia Dokoudovsky, Director

Tel: 212-725-2855
Email: nycofdance@gmail.com

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