Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Dmitri Dovgoselets trained at The National Ballet School of Ukraine in Kyiv. Following graduation in 1996 he joined The National Ballet of Ukraine, where he danced for two seasons. He 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 and Principal Dancer in 2015.
Dovgoselets has performed an extensive repertoire including Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo + Juliet and the roles of Prince Désiré and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty. Most recently, Dovgoselets partnered Evelyn Hart in the world premiere of James Kudelka’s Vespers.
In 2008, he and his wife Tara Birtwhistle were invited to dance at the Gala Des Etoiles in Montreal.
In 2012 he played the lead character, Curty, in the premiere of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin where he was paired with the principal dancer from American Ballet Theatre, Paloma Herrera. Again in 2014, Dovgoselets was invited to perform the role of the Prince alongside Paloma Herrera in Goh Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker in Vancouver.
Dovgoselets performed one of the leading roles, Monastatos, in the filming of The Tale of the Magic Flute, the made-for-television version of Mark Godden’s ballet.
When not dancing, Dovgoselets enjoys spending his spare time building fences and decks, among other home renovation projects.
The School of Ukrainian Dance
The National Ballet School of Ukraine
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.
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