Alexei Ratmansky & Myles Thatcher

Mentor & Protégé, Dance

For American dancer and choreographer Myles Thatcher, the opportunity to be mentored by Alexei Ratmansky is extraordinary. “Most new choreographers are trying to tweak a trend, but Alexei is inspired by what’s at the heart of classical ballet,” he says.

Alexei Ratmansky

The mentor

Russia’s Alexei Ratmansky, recognized as one of the world’s most influential and sought-after choreographers, is currently artist-in-residence at the American Ballet Theatre. He is credited with moving ballet forward while maintaining its classical origins and revitalizing storytelling in his productions. Ratmansky performed with companies including the Mariinsky and New York City Ballet, before becoming artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet in 2004

Myles Thatcher

The protégé

Acknowledged for his versatility and talent as a rising star of classical ballet, American dancer and choreographer Myles Thatcher, 24, trained at the Harid Conservatory, Ellison Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, which he officially joined as part of the corps de ballet in 2010.