Russian dancer Semyon Velichko was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia where he trained locally at the Novosibirsk Ballet College. He then went on to dance with the Novosibirsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, before joining the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Dantshenko Academic Music Theatre in Moscow in 2011. In 2015, he made the move to Dutch National Ballet, where he started as a soloist. His striking debut as Count Albrecht in Giselle earned him a promotion to principal by artistic director Ted Brandsen in February 2020.
Semyon’s repertory with Dutch National Ballet includes leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita and George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial. In addition, in his native country and elsewhere, he has danced lead roles in ballets such as La Bayadère, Coppelia, Esmeralda, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, George Balanchines Apollon Musagète, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon and Jiří Kyliáns Wings of Wax, Petite Morte and Sleepless. Semyon has also performed as a guest soloist at various international ballet galas.
He was awarded a bronze medal at the Rieti International Ballet Competition in Italy.
With Dutch National Ballet:
Place of Birth:
Career with Dutch National Ballet:
Principal (2020), Soloist (2015)
Previously danced with:
Novosibirsk Academic Opera and Ballet theatre (2008-2011); Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Moscow.
Novosibirsk ballet college
- Bronze medal, Rieti Ballet competition, Italië, 2014