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Joining South Shore Ballet Theatre in 2011, George Birkadze's primary dance training began at the National Academy of Dance of Tbilisi with Wahtang Chabukiany. In 1991, he was invited to attend the School of the Bolshoi Ballet. He graduated in 1996 with Honours in Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, and Traditional Dance.
Birkadze was awarded the Gold Medal in Moscow for his brilliance in World History and Literature. During his dance studies, he obtained his Diploma in Business Administration with a Masters in Art Direction, and Public Relations and Marketing. Upon graduating from the School of Bolshoi Ballet, he decided to further his studies as a Pedagogy in Dance. In September of the same year, under the direction of Ekaterina Maximova, principal ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, he entered the Kremlin Ballet working closely under Yuri Grigorovich.
Some of his numerous roles include: “The Jester” in Swan Lake, “Mercutio” in Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, Don Quijote, Tom Sawyer, and Napoleon Bonaparte. He also participated in a number of Galas dancing works by Y. Grigorovich, A. Petrov and V. Vasiliev. Birkadze was Awarded the Silver Medal in Russia and the Bronze Medal in Luxembourg in 1996.
Birkadze has participated in numerous productions at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona whilst guest teaching in Spain, France, and Portugal. He worked closely with world renowned dancer, Angel Corella, creating Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Celaje and various additional ballets for his touring group Stars of American Ballet. In 2007, he joined Corella's company as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer and danced with the Sarasota Ballet as a Soloist in 2010.