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Russian choreographer Youri Nelzine from Los Angeles, California

Russian choreographer Youri Nelzine from Los Angeles, California is specializing in Russian dance art.


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Jeanine Mason and Phillip Chbeeb, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Russian folk dance "Kalinka", choreography by Youri Nelzine and Lilia Babenko

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August 6, 2008. "So You Think You Can Dance" - FOX reality TV dance competition - TV Show, Los Angeles, California. For the final episode Youri Nelzine choreographed "Trepak" from "The Nutcracker", music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

So you think you can Dance
Written by Sammi-T
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 22:15

..."Joshua and Twitch do their routine next. It is a Russian routine that is choreographed by Youri Nelzine. WOW, it is absolutely fabulous! I cannot even begin to describe how much I love it. Not only is the choreography spectacular, but the humor and story behind the dance just sell it.

Mandy thinks the dance was insane ad teases Twitch about the doing all the floor work, causing him and Joshua to play fight.

Mary is glad there are two hip hop dancers in the finale--and thinks this is one of the best routines she has seen in the show's history. She gets up and screams in delight.

Nigel is glad Youri brought Russian dance to the show and says they will always remember them for this routine"...

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Russian choreographer Youri Nelzine work - video

Joshua & Twitch - Trepak choreographed by Youri Nelzine
"Trepak" by Tchaikovshk's The Nutcracker Suite

June 14, 2006 was the 10-year anniversary of his company "Russian Entertainment Unlimited" and folk dance Folk dance show Canary from Los Angeles.

Since 2004 he has been the director of the children's dance studio “Krasnaya Kalina” for the Ukranian Cultural Center of Los Angeles, California.

Youri Nelzine, Lilia Babenko From 2000 to 2003 he worked as a choreographer as well as a soloist on three different dance projects for the Russian nightclub/restaurant "Russian Roulette".

From 1997 to 2003 he worked as soloist as well as a choreographer in the American folklore ensemble “Aman” (over 200 concerts each year).

In 1995 he emigrated to America in a group of 20 dancers. From 1995 to 1997 he worked as a ballet dancer, choreographer and coach for the Russian restaurant “Arbat Golden Palace” in Burbank, California.

From 1993 to 1995 he was given the position of director-ballet master of the folk ensemble “Vatra” for the T.P.Kh.B.O. “Tiroteks” in the city of Tiraspol. Countries toured include: Moldavia, Ukraine, France, Belgium and Germany.

From 1990 to 1992 he was a soloist in a professional dance company called “Moldovenyaska” in the city of Kishinev.

From 1984 to 1986 he served in the Odessa Red-Flag Song and Dance Ensemble as part of the Soviet Army.

In 1988 he received the title principal dancer. In the ensemble's program he danced solo parts and acrobatical elements. He frequently went on tour with the company to countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Holland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania. He also traveled all over Moldavia and all of the republics of the former Soviet Union.

In 1982 he successfully graduated from the Dance Studio of the State Academic Folk Dance Ensemble “Zhok” (abbreviated as GAANT “Zhok”) in the city of Kishinev, Moldavia. In 1982 he was invited to join the main company of the ensemble “Zhok” as a soloist, where he stayed until 1990.

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From: Pokotillo UkrainianDancers
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:59:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Ukrainian Dance represented as Russian on "So You Think You Can Dance"

Dear Mikhail,
I am sure by now that your studio has been contacted many times about this issue, but I am writing you in regard to the Ukrainian Dance (and costume) that was misrepresented by one of your choreographers as Russian on the show "So You Think You Can Dance".

On your website page, it states that "Russian choreographer Youri Nelzine from Los Angeles, California is specializing in Russian dance art. And that on the final episode of 'So You Think You Can Dance' Youri Nelzine choreographed 'Trepak' from 'The Nutcracker', music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky." - but chose to represent both the dance and the costume as Russian.

While I was really excited to see Slavic dancing on this program, I was very disappointed to see Ukrainian Dance misrepresented as Russian. One wouldn't call Scottish Dancing - Irish, the Viennese Waltz -German, or a Spanish Tango- Italian. Had another choreographer done that, he would have been shot down by the other judges. Thus I am very puzzled as to why a Ukrainian Dance would be called Russian? And the costume as well?

One would think that a choreographer that "specializes in Russian dance" would clearly know the difference between Russian and Ukrainian dance and costume!

I see that your choregrapher has no links on your dance group's page that he may be contacted directly, thus, I am hoping that you might pass on this email, so he can respond directly.

Jeanne Olineck
Instructor, Pokotillo Ukrainian Dancers

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