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Walery Mazepczyk is a former dancer and ballet master of the Polish National Ballet. He was born in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia. He graduated from the State Ballet School in St. Petersburg  and was engaged as a soloist by the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Sverdlovsk (now: Yekaterinburg). In 1987 he became a dancer of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he further expanded his repertoire. In 1991 he came to Poland. At first he danced with the Musical Theatre in Szczecin.


In 1993 he joined the ballet of the Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera as a soloist. From 1996 to 2009 he was the company’s first soloist. Among the roles he danced were: Prince Désiré, Bluebird, and Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty; pas de deux in Giselle; pas de trois and Rothbart in Swan Lake; Parembo in Le Gitana; Prince and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker; Benvolio and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet; Colas and Widow Simone in Ashton’s La fille map gardée; soloist in Pastor’s The Third Symphony, Wesołowski’s The Rite of Spring, Fedor’s Rossiniana and Carmina burana by Fodor; Porthos in Prokovskys The Three Musketeers; the title role in Massines Zorba the Greek; The Gypsy in Ek’s Carmen; Father of the Bride in Svadebka by Kylián; Harnaś and Father in Harnasie by Wesołowski; Karenin in Anna Karenina by Ratmansky. He retired from dancing on 1 September 2009 and works as a ballet master and assistant choreographer with the Polish National Ballet.





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