Dancer and ballet master, born in Volinkino (Petersburgo) on December 4, 1884 and died in Vommala (Finland) on August 11, 1917, which is considered to be one of the most important Russian dancers at the end of the 19th century.
He studied at the school of the Teatro Imperial in St. Petersburg with Jean Petipa, Marius Petipa and Christian Johansson where he graduated in 1864. He was soloist of the Marinsky Theatre and Bolshoi between 1860 and 1916, with the title of his Majesty soloist from 1901. He premiered the leading roles in the ballets of Marius Petipa: two stars (1871), La Camargo (1872), La Bayadère (1877), La Fille du Danube (1880), Paquita (1881), Coppelia (1884), the sleeping beauty (1890), Kalkabrino (1891), Barbazul (1896), Raymonda (1898) and the seasons (1900), as well as the Nutcracker (1892) and the magic flute (1893) of Lev Ivanov, and Mikhail Fokine Eunice (1907)Le Pavillon d'Armide (1907) and Egyptian nights (1908), later released as Cléopâtre for the Ballets Russes de Diaghilev. He was Professor of the school of the Imperial Theatre between 1880 and 1904, and among his pupils were Elisaveta Gerdt, Tamara Karsavina, Lydia Kyasht, Nikolai Legat , and Anna Pavlova.