Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Dmitri Dovgoselets trained at The School of Ukrainian Dance and at The National Ballet School of Ukraine. Following graduation he danced with The National Ballet of Ukraine, Kiev's Classical Ballet, and toured Canada with The National Ballet of Ukraine and Shumka Ukrainian Dancers before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Apprentice in 1998. He was promoted to Soloist in 2005.
Dovgoselets has performed an extensive repertoire including Albrecht in Giselle, Mercutio in Rudi van Dantzig's Romeo & Juliet and Arthur Holmwood in Mark Godden’s Dracula. He has danced the roles of Prince Désiré and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in the Nutcracker, Monostatos in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute, Peter in Peter Pan and Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge – The Ballet®. His other accomplishments include William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, the pas de trois in Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Vesak’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Kylian’s Symphony in D, Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana, Nina Menon’s La Soif and Itzik Galili’s Hikarizatto.
Dovgoselets participated in the filming of The Tale of the Magic Flute - the made for television version of Godden’s ballet, for which the cast was awarded a Gemini Award.
“It’s breathtaking … how high and with what ease Dmitri Dovgoselets, as the Blue Bird on opening night, fathoms the vertical space.” - Ottawa Dance Blog, 2013
“Even lovelier is Dmitri Dovgoselets’ gorgeous performance as the Mock Turtle.”
- Winnipeg Free Press, 2011
“Dmitri Dovgoselets sparkles with personality as Romeo's teasing friend Mercutio, who keeps doing tricky leaps almost until the moment of his death.”
- Winnipeg Free Press, 2009
“Dmitri Dovgoselets exuded magnetic intensity and danced like a leading man in the supporting role of the dark, jealous Monostatos.”
- Winnipeg Free Press, 2007
“In the famous Blue Bird Pas de Deux, Dmitri Dovgoselets delivered the most formidable technique of the evening with his flawless brise voles, in which the body is arched gracefully mid-air as the feet beat against each other.”
- Charleston Post and Courier, 2002
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